MORINI SCRAMBLER 1200 (2009 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
Power: 115 bhp
Seat height: Medium (33.1 in / 840 mm)
Weight: Medium (437 lbs / 198 kg)


New £10,120
Used £7,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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. 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 46.3 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost £220
New price £10,120
Used price £7,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
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

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 .

Owners' reviews for the MORINI SCRAMBLER 1200 (2009 - on)

7 owners have reviewed their MORINI SCRAMBLER 1200 (2009 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MORINI SCRAMBLER 1200 (2009 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
5 out of 5
24 March 2023 by FMR

Year: 2020

great allrounder go anywhere bike that always puts a smile on your dial

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Bonkers! :)
24 March 2023 by Will Foreman

Version:'s a black one

Year: 2009

Annual servicing cost: £50

Stock map is a bit harsh, rather like a 2-stroke motocross unit on steroids, but that's why it was best in class at the 2009 Erzberg event and was only beaten by two very surprised works KTM riders in the General category. Ditto at Pike's Peak that year. Nevertheless, mine has now been remapped to make it more civilised in traffic and longer trips but it remains an absolute hoot to ride in the twisties. Absolutely bonkers. Highly recommended!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Very agile for a big bike. Not having a fairing means you're not going to want to spend hours on the motorway on it, but that said riding position is almost perfect for me at 5'10": footpegs are highish but they're in just the right position to take weight off your b*m on longer trips, and on backroad riots you steer with footpegs and buttocks. Seat is wide and comfortable for both occupants. I skimmed 1cm of foam off the rear of the rider's perch not because it was too high but because the original shape (in supermoto style) means your n*ts are always squashed against the tank! Low-speed balance never ceases to amaze me, you can almost stop at traffic lights and not bother to put your feet down, so even popping down to the shops is a chuckle.

Engine 5 out of 5

Torque, torque, torque! With the remap it'll now pull smoothly from 2 grand even in top gear as long as you don't twist the go handle to the stop. Hang on tight! These engines run hot, which is a bit tiresome in summer traffic but I've got my fan cut-in now set at 90ºC instead of the stock 98º so that's eight degrees cooler air roasting your inside legs a little less.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Charge regulator went bang (they all do eventually!) and was replaced by a DZE mosfet device. Nothing else in the 10,000 km I've had it, doesn't even need an oil top-up between changes. Paintwork still looking good after 14 years of occasional washing, same with fasteners.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Apart from normal consumables, the (2) camchains are supposed to be renewed at 45,000km but most owners say chains will last 60-70k as with any other bike. Access to them is very good, I'm looking forward to changing them. Valve clearances I checked at 20,000km (now done 28k) and they were all well within spec.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The best thing about these bikes is that there is no equipment! Mine hasn't even got ABS. Clock and gear indicator are handy, would have liked a fuel gauge, but put simply, there's just nothing to go wrong or set wrong. Gadget freaks refrain, these bikes are wonderfully simple, no frills needed thank you. These are rider's bikes, involvement is the hit. Just you and the road. OK, call me a Taoist. Tyres. Mine came with STR Rallys fitted but I was never keen on the rear...that massive, stabbing torque pulling you out of tight bends on back roads plus knobblies meant the back end felt vague, maybe unpredictable, stepping out slightly, which means the already sharp steering got even quicker but not in a pleasant way. Now running Mitas Terraforce on the back. Much better. Rally STR on the front still good, never had an issue with it except noise at speed. Grip now feels much more finely balanced, and I regularly have to use it on rough tracks so semi offroad rubber's fine by me.

Buying experience: Private. 18k km 4400E in 2020

5 out of 5 Awesome combination of comfort, style and power.
13 March 2023 by Jkeg ScramFan

Version: XC

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £350

Styling, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC/XE stands out from the crowd of Africa Twin, GS and Multi Stradas which all look relatively similar at a glance. The quality of the bike is what you would expect for a premium brand like Triumph and the addition of the Ohlins rear shocks and Brembo M50 front calipers highlight the fact that this bike is ready for action. The engine is powerful and smooth for a big parallel twin with heaps of go in any gear.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The riding position is very comfortable, hip and knees around 90 degrees, arms not stretched and no weight on the wrists. The seat is high enough to give a confidence inspiring view of the road ahead while still been able to flat foot both feet at a stop (32" inseam). I have ridden on all kinds of roads from long stretches of motorway to twisty gravel farm tracks, the bike always feels capable and I feel in control. Brembo twin brakes up front are fantastic, ABS and Traction control can be turned off if desired. I believe the bike has to be stood still to turn the traction off, this is so it cant be disengaged in accidentally while riding.

Engine 5 out of 5

Plenty of power either from a standing start or cruising in 6th gear, twist the throttle and away you go. Top speed so far 110mph on my mates private road.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very well built. Some people frown on the fact that most Triumphs are assembled in Thailand these days but with parts sourced from Italy, Spain and Germany there is nothing lacking in the quality department.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Home servicing is cheap and easy. 10,000 mile service intervals. Stock tyres lasted around 8k miles.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Cruise control is easy to use. TFT screen is great with a good selection of information and auto contrast, although I have heard stories of them failing, this hasnt put me off buying the bike. Back lit switch gear, heated grips are optional. I have no complaints about the stock Metzler Tourance pro tyres. They suit my needs and are quiet on the road.

Buying experience: I could have bought private for £1009 less but I opted for a triumph approved used bike, purely for the peace of mind that the bike had been checked over properly and comes with 12 months warranty. Plus the bike I bought had all the extras fitted that I would have had to buy anyway.

5 out of 5
14 November 2022 by Jimmer

Version: Xe

Year: 2022

I love this bike and would recommend this model to anyone.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Ride quality is very good and the brakes have a good feel at the lever with excellent stopping power.

Engine 5 out of 5

Awesome engine, stacks of torque, pulls well from about 2000rpm in most gears.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I've only had the bike for a couple of months so can't really comment on the reliability. But the quality seems very good.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

It's not been serviced yet

Equipment 5 out of 5

Love the different riding modes. If you're going to tour on it, it might be an idea to fit a screen.

Buying experience: I bought from a dealer. Price was just over £13000. Which I paid. However I had to wait for two hours when I collected it because the bike suffered some minor damage whilst being moved. I bought a jacket at the same time, which ended up being free because of the two hour wait.

4 out of 5 Still looking for my "perfect" bike, but this is a very good one
26 September 2022 by Gary McLeod

Version: XE

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £250

Relaxed riding position makes it easy to cover the miles and three hours+ in the saddle is comfortable. A bit top heavy when moving around to park, and needs care on uneven surfaces. For me, 6' with 31.5" leg length, it's just about OK on flat ground for getting toes down, but again you need care on uneven ground or off-camber parking.MPG hovers around 58-60mpg and can go higher on a relaxed amble around, and you'll get the best part of 170-180 miles before a fuel light shows. It's a bike that encourages relaxed riding at sensible speeds. I had a Tiger 1050 for 10 years from new, but wanted to slow down a bit (!) so went for a beautiful Street Scrambler but it was too far in the other direction - underpowered and too low for comfort, so have tried for middle-ground with the Scrambler XE. One very annoying feature is the location of the coolant header tank and the thickness of the plastic making it almost impossible to check the coolant level visibly, even with a powerful headtorch in use. Needs a dipstick attaching inside a screw off tank cap and easier access.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Main "comfort" downside is heat from exhaust when in town traffic in hot weather - it's not at all nice and you end up with left foot down and right foot as far away from exhaust as possible when at lights etc. It's so bad in summer that I avoid going where I know there will be stop/start traffic and am considering an aftermarket low-level exhaust like the Zard, despite the fact that I don't think it complements the bike's look - but it would make things a lot easier to live with in summer.The Ohlins suspension needs a spring upgrade front and back for my weight (105kg) and I'm talking to an Ohlins deal about this now (about £350), as I'm on max preload and the ride isn't as plush as you'd expect with Ohlins, albeit massively better than my previous Street Scrambler.Don't carry a pillion.Brakes are more than up to the job and I've yet to trigger the ABS, but like the idea of the cornering ABS being there in the background just in case.

Engine 4 out of 5

Engine is good - happy to potter along in fairly high gear at moderate speeds and sounds nice on the pickup, and has enough poke for quick overtakes. Power comes in relatively evenly and torque curve feels well-spread.I've put a Dart screen on it for a bit of wind protection, but it's not a bike I'd happily spend much time over 70mph on due to buffeting and helmet in the face issues, it's best in the 50-70 area and recognise that you're not on a sportsbike, so don't try to ride it like one.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No issues. No corrosion. It had been looked after by first owner and I keep on top of cleaning and maintenance. Build quality overall seems as you'd expect of Triumph - i.e. very good.Tickover on initial starting can be a little flaky and sometimes can need a hand on the throttle for a couple of minutes to prevent stalls but no reliability issues at all. Can be quite easy to stall it in first with insufficient revs, but that's probably just me getting used to a 1200 twin.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Not had the bike long enough to need a service but would budget £250-£350 per year, plus consumables like tyres.Doesn't seem to use any oil.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Have swapped from Metzler Tourance to Michelin Anakee Adventure and happy with these. Have fitted Givi Outback topbox which suits the look and holds a full face helmet and gloves when you need. Also fitted Triumph spotlights - very easy DIY job - plus and play - but ask dealer first about headlamp shell removal technique.Dislike - side stand feels too upright and would not dare park it on any downslope without it being in gear, and ideally chocked, as it feels ready to come off the stand at the slightest push. Wish it had a centre stand option like the XC as would make wheel cleaning and chain adjustment a lot easier. Next job is a paddock stand and bobbins.LCD instruments are great and have lots of good info and easy to scroll, although for 61yr old eyes needing reading glasses, some of the info needs a good squint to read, which isn't ideal when riding - so a slightly bigger text option in the menu would be good. Miles to empty reader can be a bit pessimistic and once it's decided to read on the low side, no amount of low-speed pootling will convince it that it's reading about 40 miles low.Build quality and finish are all first class, and everything feels to be of good quality and well put-together.

Buying experience: Bought from Teasdale Motorcycles in Thirsk as a 3-yr old bike for a shade under £10K and they are excellent people to but from, and also gave a very sensible P/EX on my 2021 Street Scrambler.

5 out of 5 The other Choice
26 September 2022 by Ichinchilla

Year: 2017

Comfortable, fast, cool, rare and super stable

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Buying experience: My second one:)

2 out of 5 very disappointed
18 July 2022 by john

Version: goldline

Year: 2022

The heat is unbearable, drove it less than 2 miles to the petrol station on a relatively cool day, turned the bike off while my friend filled up and I had to get off the bike due to the heat, it is ridiculous. 70 mph on the motorway and the heat is fine but town work is not good. I am used to naked bikes but this one incredibly windy, even with the optional screen.

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5

Quite a rough ride, not a smooth bike and the seat is very firm. Brakes are excellent but you have to drive with your legs out wide because of the heat from the bike.

Engine 4 out of 5

pulls well from low revs and sounds nice, but not much pull on higher revs

Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5

bought it brand-new from fowlers, and it had lots of scratches on it, and also the cruise control does not work, and some of the brushed stainless has marked up strait away.

Value vs rivals 2 out of 5

just over £13000 for the goldline which seems like a lot to me when you can get a 765RS for over £10000 and it is better in every way.

Equipment 3 out of 5
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