MORINI SCRAMBLER 1200 (2009 - on) Review
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 87°, 8v dohc V-twin four-stroke. 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||21 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||46.3 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||115 bhp|
|Max torque||75.3 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||213 miles|
Model history & versions
2009: Moto Morini Scrambler introduced
MCN Long term test reports
New limited edition Moto Morini Scrambler
The latest from Italian firm Moto Morini is this Scrambler special, lavished with goodies and priced at £9394. The Scrambler 1200 Military Green comes with leather saddlebags, slipper clutch and more. Here's what we said when we first rode the Moto Morini Scrambler: "If the idea of a 1187cc, 115bhp …
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