Title: We introduce the Moto Morini X-Cape 650, the Sino-Italian ADV bike
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Published Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 19:49:10 +0000
Competition in the mid-capacity adventure bike market is tougher than ever now, and potential buyers are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a motorcycle to fulfill their adventure dreams. But it’s not just the big manufacturers vying for your money: Aprilia and Husqvarna recently announced new mid-size bikes. And now the Italian team Moto Morini has thrown its hat into the ring with the brand new X-Cape 650.
Founded in Bologna in 1937, the company has a rich motorcycle manufacturing history but had tough times in 2010 when the company went into liquidation. And while Moto Morini succeeded in producing new models in the following years, a new chapter in the company’s history began in 2018 with the integration into the Zhongneng Vehicle Group.
This resulted in ownership and production being relocated to China, the design department remaining in Italy, and a new line of motorcycles, including the new X-Cape 650, to follow.
Here’s everything we know about the Adventure Bike so far.
Moto Morini X-Cape 650
First we need to talk about these looks. You’ve got split opinions at ABR HQ, but I’m a huge fan of the styling and it’s a bike that is likely to attract a lot of admiring glances when you stop outside your favorite biker cafe.
Under this good-looking body, the X-Cape 650 is powered by a 649 cm³, liquid-cooled two-cylinder engine. This produces a modest output of 60 hp and a torque of 56 Nm, both values that are lower than comparable ones Yamaha Tenere 700 (72 hp) and Aprilia’s new ones Tuareg 660 (80PS).
While the power isn’t too much to write home about, it’s nice to see Moto Morini outfitted the X-Cape with a 19-inch spoked wheel at the front to strike a balance between on- and off-road riding While the gnarled tires are also tubeless, making roadside breakdown repairs quick and easy. The brakes come from Brembo, an established brand that indicates the bike has been built with high performing components, and there is also a switchable ABS from Bosch to allow rear wheel locking off-road.
The bike’s touring recommendations see thanks to an adjustable windshield that Moto Morini says can be moved with one hand, a decent 18-liter fuel tank that should allow more than 200 miles between refueling, and an accessible low seat height of 820mm well (which can be raised to 845mm) and helps riders with more vertical challenges hit a flat tire when stopping.
However, we were concerned that the reported dry weight is 213 kg. Fully fueled and oiled, that could mean that the X-Cape weighs over 230 kg. Extra weight can improve its road holding at higher speeds, but it could prove to be a handful off-road as well, and that’s significantly more than some of its competitors (the Yamaha Ténéré 700 weighs 205 kg wet).
The X-Cape 650 is also technically convincing. There is a huge 7-inch TFT screen that supports Bluetooth connectivity to your phone, a dual USB port for charging on the go and on promotional images that we saw it also looks like there is a tire pressure monitoring system and several driving modes too.
Adventure at competitive prices
Finally, there is the price. According to our local dealer in Birmingham, this is Moto Morini X-Cape 650 will be available for just £ 6,995, a bargain on a bike ready to take riders on and off the slopes.
Of course, we’ll have to wait until we swing our leg over the Moto Morini ourselves to see if it’s up to the task, but we love to see new adventure bikes on the market and the prospect of more competition in the middle one Capacity world is always good.
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