Negrini made in Italy by Negrini Morini MO1, MO2, M1
Negrini mopeds, scooters and small motorcycles have been made in Modena, Italy since 1950.
Negrini USA was formed when the US laws changed in 1976, and moped demand in the US was very high because of fear of high gas prices. Some time around 1979 Negrini USA Inc became Marina Mobili Inc (MMI).
Left, Myrons “Negrini Info Sheet” from 2002. Negrini mopeds are rare in California because they had no west coast distribution center. So out of 150 moped shops in the greater Los Angeles area, none, or almost none, were Negrini dealers. So no left over color brochures were in Myron’s buyout material. That’s why the info sheet pictures are so bad.
The Negrini Leprotto was the low cost version of the Gazelle, with painted fenders instead of polished stainless steel, an all steel standard fork instead of the stiff and precise CO.ST.A. motorcycle type fork (cast aluminum with steel tube), and with P.V. controls with plastic levers instead of Domino controls with polished stainless steel levers. Both the Leprotto and Gazelle had the same detachable gas tank and classic Italian moped steel tube step-thru frame.
Other than the Leprotto, all Negrini mopeds had high quality CO.ST.A motorcycle type suspension for precise control. Other than the Leprotto, all Negrini mopeds had high quality Domino “70’s chrome” controls with polished stainless steel (SS) levers that look like chrome. Of course, like an Italian meal is not complete without pasta, so all Negrini mopeds had high quality CEV electrical equipment, Dansi or Bosch ignition, Grimeca wheels and brakes, CBA exhausts, and for desert, Dellorto S.H.A. 14/12 (or 14/9) flat slide carburetors facing to the right side.
Negrini (1981 prices)Gazelle III (spoke) $689 Harvard II (mag) $745 MX Sport II (spoke) $749 MX Sport II (mag) $799 MX KPN City Cross $879 MX Gipsy Cross (off road) (see here for Gipsy Cross) 1980-81 greyscale pictures, model names and specs from 1981 Buyers Guide p58
The business location on 146 W Commercial Ave, in Moonachie NJ, that was originally called “Negrini USA Inc”, became known as “Marina Mobili Inc”. The phone number 201-438-5700 that was originally for Negrini USA Inc, became the phone number of Marina Mobili Inc. From this it appears that Negrini USA changed their name to Marina Mobili. The most likely reason is they wanted to expand into selling more brands than just Negrini. They went on to become the biggest independent moped importer in the USA, taking on dozens of brands of bikes and components, mostly Italian and American at first. Soon they expanded to parts from France, Germany, Taiwan, Holland and Spain. So this flyer is historically important. This material was donated by Mr. B. Small of Maryland USA, for you to use and enjoy!
Marina Mobili’s first product brands were Bosch, CEV, Cintin, CO.ST.A., Dansi, Dellorto, Domino, G.E., Grimeca, Huret, Kryptonite, Master, Michelin, Minarelli, Morini, Negrini, and Pirelli brands. They are listed on this early flyer for moped dealers.
Negrini components: Morini MO1 (or optional MO2 2-speed) engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9 on 20mph) carb, Dansi magneto (two kinds possible) or Bosch magneto, Grimeca wheels and brakes, Domino “70’s chrome” controls, CEV lights, switches, wiring, Huret speedometer.