Moto Morini Scrambler returns romance to adventure

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Isn’t it annoying how reality has a way of destroying your fantasies? The Moto Morini Scrambler makes us dream of carving through the mountain passes that lead up to the muddy goat trail that connects our isolated escape in the Andes to the outside world. A waxed cotton Belstaff Trailmaster and Ruby Pavillon would be our protection of choice and somehow our imagination’s camera would be forever placed at the exit of slippery corners, perfectly placed to capture our heroic power slides.

Of course, all of this exists only as a fleeting thought. We neither
own a home in the Andes nor even the ones we live in now. The
Scrambler’s powerful 1187cc v-twin would make a mockery of the 19″
front wheel and knobby tires on the road, while the road-focused
suspension and 198kg (dry) weight would make it extremely unwieldy off
of it.

We’ll continue to appreciate the Scrambler for packing Italian style
and 117bhp into a romantic package, just like we’ll have nothing but
admiration for those committed enough to ride one. But, we’ll also
continue to buy bikes based on their realistic ability, not theoretical

Moto Morini says the Scrambler should enter production some time in
early 2009, it will be available with a host of classy leather luggage
and other accessories capable of making it marginally practical.

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  • LADucSP

    sweet. when are we going to get these in the U.S. damnit?

  • Matt

    I love these exercises in “envelope stretching” designs, but I just don’t think this will fly. Owning a dirt bike, I just don’t see how this can function even on gentle off road excursions. I’m not a motocrosser by any means mostly spending my time on enduro type of rides and I appreciate the lightness and suspension of a real dirt bike. Too heavy, too powerful and not the type of bike you want to tip over, pick up and ride off.

  • Daniel

    An enduro bike with a sportbike tank, sportbike-like tail and flattrack sideplates+pipes..?
    Reminds me of Girl Talk’s mashups. All kinds of styles, shaken, not stirred.
    The quest for originality is tough these days.

  • Adam

    I love bikes like this…reminds me of when my father used to ride, when a Bonneville was proper equipment for the desert. I’m getting rid of my dual sport and going that direction. I could ride this to work and then to the foothills at lunch, and on a weekend excursion in the dirt.

  • Remy

    If Ted Simon could drive a massively heavy early 70′s Tiger loaded up with everything needed to survive for years and ride it across deserts, over mountains, and through jungles I bet this bike will be capable enough of it’s own little adventures. I doubt it will be anything near the most suited for any of it, but that isn’t what seems to matter. What it looks like to me is a pretty-enough package to inspire a number of people to take their motorcycle a little further than they might have ever planned.

    Or maybe not.

  • sequent

    I agree. Methinks we’re all a little too soft these days…

  • Hiwatt Scott

    Seems to me the solution is just a tire change away, Or does Moto Morini already have a “street” version? I like the little pouch, too bad it’s attached to the first thing that people take off when they buy a bike.

  • Tanshanomi

    I love it. Motorcycles are first and foremost about romance and aesthetics. If you want practical, get a Yaris.

  • martialstax

    Practical, schmactical. It’s dead sexy. I look at it and all I can think about are the miles and miles of fire roads through the Cascade and Olympic Mountains up here in Washington. Still, they need to lose the low pipe that goes under the engine. Fix that, maybe add a bash plate and I’m set. Oh, and maybe actually sell them in the US. That would help.

  • biminitwst

    Like the Hummer H2 and H3, its all about image, with no thought or concern for any actual real life usage.
    In real life you could buy a pretty nice used road bike and have enough left over for a real off road bike for what this poserbike will cost.
    MM has always had buttloads of style, but never, IMO, have they been able to put the entire package together in a way that impressed me..

  • Guero Grande

    This makes a little more sense for the adventure rider with a fetish for italian bikes, and a fat wallet:

  • fmonk

    Are Moto Morini bikes even sold in the states? Would love to have a Corsaro.