The Moto Morini Scrambler was built on the foundation of the 9 ½ project and was especially developed for crossover use. In its off road adventures, the motorcycle is helped by its massive 19 inch front and 17 inch rear wheels which are wrapped in tread-blocked tyres.
As far as design goes, the Scrambler looks pretty good featuring a rugged, but pretty modern style. The 21 liter tank is one of the most striking styling elements and has a sporty and ergonomic design which is not intrusive for the rider. Taking about riding position is worthy of being mentioned that the seat forms a single piece with the streamlined tail and is fairly comfortable.
Power comes from a 1187 cc, liquid cooled engine which delivers 86 Kw (117 HP) @ 8500 rpm and 102 Nm (10.4 Kgm) of torque @ 6700 rpm.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Moto Morini Scrambler.
"THE SCRAMBLER: A SPORT BIKE DOWN DEEP"
Moto Morini interprets the Scrambler in its own way and brings out a motorcycle with a hands-down sporty character. Designed on the foundation of the 9 ½ project, it has a calling for crossover use, which comes through in the 19” front wheel and the tread-blocked tyres. Its terrain can either be asphalt or the cobblestones of a town centre, or else the offroads of the countryside.
The aesthetic design by Marabese Design makes a direct reference to the glory years that generated the legend of the Scrambler, but proposes an absolutely modern motorbike with a both a simplicity and a care for details. Aesthetically speaking the main element is the spacious 21-litre tank, designed with roomy indents for the legs that make it more streamlined in the lower part. The front is strongly characterized by the round headlight placed under the small headlight fairing that protects the instrument panel and emphasizes its personality. The wide seat practically forms a single piece with the short, streamlined tail, an effect reinforced by the colour choices. The setup provides easy, intuitive riding so that instant fun and total comfort are assured.
This simply designed motorcycle leaves in view its technical barebones, exposing a trellis frame that conveys both solidity and light weight, reinforced in the lower part to house the lateral cantilever suspension with integrated piggy back reservoir. The aluminium swingarm with hydroformed arms with an ample section of the original design guarantees light weight and performance. The left side offers the view of the silencers with double tapered exhaust pipes, whereas the front features the Marzocchi fork with 50 mm legs. Particular focus has been dedicated to the ergonomics to guarantee the utmost comfort for the rider and passenger: high handlebar; comfortable, roomy seat; tank that fits the legs easily and a footpeg position ensuring a efficient riding position.
The choice of components has been intended to ensure a high level of quality and gathers some of the best names in Italian manufacturing: Verlicchi, Marzocchi, Paioli, Brembo, to cite the best known, all who contribute to the Scrambler’s identity as an Italian motorcycle in keeping both with tradition and the more recent design decisions of the Morini brand.
THE BIALBERO CORSACORTA TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE
The Scrambler is equipped with the Bialbero CorsaCorta 1187 cc twin cylinder designed by Franco Lambertini, a powerful engine which develops 117 hp at 8500 rpm. The engine’s layout is compact, strongly characterized by the 87° V layout of the cylinders and by the innovative solution of the integral casing offering diverse advantages over traditional solutions, primarily in the stiffness of the whole that makes the engine a load-bearing element.
The engine has been optimized on the basis of the 9½ project, which features specific thermodynamic characteristics. The most significant design decisions regard the reduction in the intake scoops, the diameter of the valves, the engine timing and the increase in the compression ratio to improve the progression at low rpm and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a powerful engine with 86 kW with 117 hp at 8500 rpm, with a high torque of 102 Nm with 10.4 Kgm at 6700 rpm well distributed over the entire rpm range. And while maintaining an unquestionably sporty character, the engine weds well with the features of the vehicle, enhancing its rideability rather than striving for extreme performance. The exhaust system features a double lateral silencer with tapered exhaust pipes. The vehicle complies with Euro 3 emissions standards.
The design of the Corsaro has been overseen by Marabese Design with whom Moto Morini has established a joint collaboration which envisions the development a whole range. The motorcycle exudes a sport style.
The trellis frame composed of variable sized tubing has a compactness and conceals nothing of the Bialbero CorsaCorta engine, perfectly epitomising the concept of a naked bike. A perfect balance of curves and tensions characterise the superstructures; the headlight fairing, tank, seat and tail display synchronous lines that reveal Italian aesthetics in all their refinement. The original and dynamic headlight fairing leaves the double-lamp headlight in full view. Focus was also placed on tank, whose form recalls the opening of the wings of an eagle. It is contoured to achieve optimum ergonomics and to allow for the two-tone paint finish in the best Morini tradition. The seat and tail echo these lines in the profile of the air scoops. Of particular impact is the swing arm cast in aluminium alloy featuring original, enveloping forms, which supports the rear progressive suspension. The exhaust system is clearly sophisticated and complies with Euro 3 pollution standards. The original design of exhaust piping has been designed with 70-mm diameter tubes, with the catalytic converter intentionally in view and with two spectacular biconical-shaped silencers under the seat. Welding points on the whole exhaust system are clearly visible to accentuate the whole character of an object that seeks to stand out.
THE BIALBERO CORSACORTA 1200 CC TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE
The lay out of the engine is strongly characterised by the V layout of the cylinders and by the timing system which, conceptually speaking, are reminders of the family of the 3 1/2, but especially by the innovation of the integral casing. To reduce the height of the engine as much as possible, the cylinder heads were lowered to the degree that the exhaust has been positioned tangent to the rear connecting point of the engine.
The 4-valve DOHC layout echoes in part the philosophy of the 250 bialbero of the 1963 GP, while having an angle between the valves that is decidedly more modern. All this could have been achieved with a casing cut parallel to the ground, but the position where the sprocket came out of the chain would have been very low and too distant from the centre of the shaft, resulting in a less than optimum placement of the engine. The casing cut vertically, instead, allows an excellent positioning of the sprocket without the heads having to be lowered.
Core of the chassis is the trellis frame in high-strength tubular steel by Verlicchi based on an exclusive design by Moto Morini. The structure is extremely solid and has been further stiffened in the rear part of the subframe, a stiffness required for adopting the solution of the cantilever lateral suspension.
SWINGARM AND SUSPENSION
The function of the chassis is aided by top-notch suspensions. At front is a mighty Marzocchi Magnum with 50 mm diameter legs, with exclusive lightweight plates designed in cast light alloy. The rear is characterized by a weighty doublesided swingarm, a result of hydroforming, a new technology based on the deforming capacity of water power and that allows the production of non-welded pieces. The swingarm built with this technology offers advantages in terms of weight and structural stiffness. It is aided by a Paioli lateral suspension with piggy back reservoir fully adjustable in rebound and compression.
The Excel spoked rims with aluminium alloy channel permit mounting of latest generation tubeless tyres. First equipment Michelin Anakee 2, optional Metzeler Karoo with tread blocks. Rims are 19” at front and 17” at rear.
The Brembo systems deliver powerful yet progressive deceleration, granting the rider the sensitivity needed for optimum handling of this difficult aspect of the riding experience. The pair of semi-floating discs measuring 298 mm at front is operated by axial callipers with two pistons with differentiated diameter: it is a solution stemming from a precise technical requirement — to provide safety through great modulating capacity and sheer power.
The two-toned fuel tank is in shock resistant nylon; it has a 21-litre capacity and can be raised to access the large filter box underneath.
The exhaust system with double lateral silencer gives the bike a very marked identity, while not penalizing the powerful sound of the Bialbero CorsaCorta twin cylinder. Its environmental impact is low, allowing emissions to fall under the limits of the Euro 3 standards.
Moto MoriniBialbero CorsaCorta
87° V longitudinal
Double overhead camshaft
Valves per cylinder
Bore x stroke
107 x 66 mm / 4,21 x 2,59 inch
86 Kw – 117 HP @ 8500 rpm
102 Nm – 10.4 Kgm @ 6700 rpm
Magneti Marelli indirect electronic injection with 54 mm / 2,12 inch Ø throttle body
Forced with trochoidal pump
With constant mesh spur gears
Wet, multiplate type
Spur gears 55:31
Silencer, 3-way catalytic converter with oxygen sensor
Verlicchi high-strength steel tube trellis frame
1500 mm / 59,05 inch
120 mm / 4,72 inch
Marzocchi upside-down fork with 50 mm / 1,96 inch Ø legs
Front wheel travel
150 mm / 5,90 inch
With large section, made of hydroformed aluminum
Single lateral shock absorber with fully adjustable piggy back tank
Rear wheel travel
170 mm / 6,69 inch
Brembo 298 mm / 11,73 inch double disc with 2-piston callipers
Brembo 250 mm / 9,84 inch single disc with 2-piston calliper
110/80 R19 Tubeless
150/70 R17 Tubeless
Excel spoke rims with aluminium channel
Front rim size
MT 2.50 x 19”
Rear rim size
MT 4.25 x 17”
2180 mm / 85,82 inch
865 mm / 34,05 inch (excluding rear-view mirrors)
840 mm / 33,07 inch
Min. height from ground
162 mm / 6,37 inch
198 Kg / 440 lbs (Moto Morini indicates the weight of the motorcycle complete with battery, cooling liquid, engine oil and without fuel)
21 litres / 4,62 UK gal
4,5 litres / 1 UK gal
Electronic/analogical rev counter and speedometer with multifunctional LCD display
Motorcyclenews ---- "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."
Motorcycle-usa ---- "Designed by Marabese to “evoke the glory days of the big capacity dirt bikes of the 1960s,” the new Moto Morini 1200cc Scrambler now has a cool ice white and red color scheme,"
Fasterandfaster ---- "the very smart looking Moto Morini Scrambler 1200 is now all set to go into production. "