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MORINI SCRAMBLER 1200 (2009-on) Review

Published: 17 August 2009

Updated: 21 November 2014

"115bhp V-twin machine with Scrambler clothing and mild off-road capability"

Moto Morini Scrambler

"115bhp V-twin machine with Scrambler clothing and mild off-road capability"

  • At a glance
  • 1187cc  -  115.3 bhp
  • 46.3 mpg  -  213 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (840mm)
  • New: £10,120

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £10,120
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Max power 115.3 bhp
Max torque 75.3 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 46.3 mpg
Tank range 213 miles
Engine size 1187cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 87°, 8v dohc V-twin four-stroke. 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 198kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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 .

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