Moto Morini might not rank in charts of motorcycle supremo but has its own unspoken charm. The Italian manufacturers were once the flag bearers of powerful street bikes like the 3 ½ sport that set an addictive benchmark of refined performance with its 349-cc engine.

However, times have changed and so has Moto Morini’s bikes. We here at Bikenation were most opportune to get hold of what is most likely the only Moto Morini Scrambler in the UAE. Owned by Dr Ghassan Azhari, the bike oozes Italian charm with an upright position and aggressive looking front.

The naked sport proves to be one of the most popular models in the company’s brochure. The bike is based on a high tensile tubular steel trellis frame and is seated 830mm from the ground.

The bike is powered by an 1187-cc engine that puts out 117bhp of power at 8500 rpm and 105Nm of torque at 7000rpm. Suspension set-up on the bike consists of a Marzocchi upside-down 155mm travel fork in the front coupled with an Ohlin’s mono-shock absorber with 165-mm travel at the rear.

Braking duties on the bike are handled by Brembo 298m double-disc and dual-piston callipers in the front along with a Brembo’s 255mm mono-disc with dual-piston floating callipers in the rear.

The bike rides on a 19-inch wheel in the front and a 17-inch at the rear. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and features a multi-disc slipper wet clutch.

The bike’s dash carries an electronic and analogue tachometer with a multifunctional LCD display. The bike is provided with a standard vintage pack which includes a leather side bag with connection bracket, headlight protective grid, an engine with chromium-plated parts and an engine protection cover.

Moto Morini’s debut in heavy displacement bikes in 2004 with the Corsaro 1200 was a game changer and surely left numerous mouths drooling with its under-the-seat dual exhaust. The bike faced initial criticisms regarding a snatchy fuel injection but improved with a more reliable output delivery over time. The bike sported the same 1187 V-Twin cylinder engine that developed 140bhp and 123Nm.