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Morini SCRAMBLER 1200 Naked Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

If the idea of a 1187cc, 115bhp V-twin machine with Scrambler clothing and mild off-road capability provokes the madness within, the Scrambler is the doorway to the nearest nut house. On the road-biased tyres (an optional fit because the standard knobblies aren’t speed rated for 100mph-plus action), the Scrambler is a scream. Wheelies and sports-like riding come with a twist of the throttle. Keep the throttle abuse to a minimum and the Scrambler makes for a lovely ride.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The ultimate in torque laden V-twins. The short rev range means quick cog swaps are required to keep the engine on the boil. There’s an abundance of torque available and low rpm running is a little jerky because of torque reaction from the crank. But keep the revs and you will revel in the way the handlebars tug at the arms and make you smile with the induction roar. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

For a portly mass of engine and chassis the Scrambler is surprisingly adept at bend swinging. You’ve got to apply some muscle through the tight sections, but the bits in between are a blast of instant punch and rock solid chassis. It’s a tall, top heavy unit (with a full 21 litres of fuel onboard), which is why it needs extra rider input through turns. But even though the suspension is slightly longer for gravel road and country lane action, it never threatens to get out of shape on tarmac.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

It’s an name game here, featuring some of the biggest and oldest Italian component manufacturers. Verlicchi makes the high tensile steel frame, Marzocchi supplies the front USD forks, Paioli is stamped on the fully adjustable rear monoshock and Brembo brakes work very, very effectively. Add to this the Excel wheel rims, hydroformed swingarm and beautiful exhaust pipework, then you have a class act on wheels. Compare and buy parts for the Moto Morini Scrambler in the MCN Shop.

Moto Morini Scrambler (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,120
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Engine size 1187 cc
Power 115.3 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3.5
Owners' rating rating is 0

Half a mark lost here because we cannot confirm the reliability of this new breed of Moto Morini. So far no models have gone pop in our hands (a week’s worth of testing is a savage test for any bike at MCN) but it’s early days. Component-wise everything has stood up to the same abuse. The future looks good for Morini.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Moto Morini is an old name in motorcycling but has been missing from the bike sales charts for a number of years. But now it’s back and with a great range of niche bikes. Given that and the class of chassis parts, we reckon the Morini pricing is comparative and spot on. Find a Moto Morini Scrambler for sale.


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Model History

2009: Moto Morini Scrambler introduced

Other Versions

The Scrambler is one of a seven bike modular range – all based around the same engine and chassis. These models include the Gran Passo adventure, Corsaro 1200 Veloce naked sports and the Monster-styled .


Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 115.3 bhp
Max torque 75.3 ft-lb
Weight 198 kg
Seat height 840 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Average fuel consumption 46.3 mpg
Tank range 213 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1187 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 87°, 8v dohc V-twin four-stroke. 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 300mm discs with 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 250mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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