Moto Morini Scrambler: Off-road challenge

The burly, knobby-tyred Moto Morini Scrambler 1200 that sat pretty at the Vardenchi Motorcycles display was one of the highlights of the 2014 Auto Expo. Now, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is here, thanks to a tie-up with the Mumbai-based custom bike-building outfit. The Scrambler 1200 is a bike like no other. Why? Because it weighs 200kg, and is powered by a 116bhp, 1,187cc V-twin. So, it is really powerful, and really heavy. Which isn’t the most ideal combination for some serious off-roading. And, in India, the Scrambler 1200 costs a colossal Rs 27 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). So, we came up with a pretty conventional challenge for this unconventional motorcycle – we wanted to see if it was actually capable of living up to its name, and proving itself in a slushy, rocky, rain-soaked environment.