While working in Healdsburg Ca. at Creative Kitchens and Remodeling in 2006. The shops foreman, Ron George had his 20th anniversry. 20yrs ago he wrote this peom to wife and so I suggested that we engrave in to one of the cabinet doors in his house.
This was fun, I added a romantic style font. Then traced in CAD his initials, added a heart, and engraved the design using a MorbidelliCNC Router.
Very interesting photos, for the history of motorcycle racing.
Franco Ringhini designed two 350cc Morbidellis. The first one has an inline-4 two stroke engine, horizontal, with disc admission above the cylinders. I dont even think it was tested. That was in 1972. And then in 1973 he changed his mind and made that 350, with an engine which was litterally two horizontal twins one above the other. Many builders have tried the superimposed cylinders at the time, like the 1969 Villa 250 for instance, of the 1972 SMZ 250 twin, or a Derbi I think.
But Ringhini’s 1973 Morbidelli was the first one to have a water-cooled 4-cylinder. Allegedly it’s power was up to 95BHP, which is huge for a 350, above most of the 500cc GP bikes at the time. But it was self-destroying rapidly at such power levels, so Ringhni tried to detune it in order to allow Nieto to test the complete bike on track.
For some reason, the tests did not seem to convince Morbidelli to continue the experiment. Ringhini and Morbidelli did part ways, Jörg Möller was hired from van Veen to build a new 125 twin, which appeared in 1975, and Ringhini finally had a 350 racer actually entered in GP racing, the RTM (Ringhini Torroni Motori) V-4