Moto Morini X-Cape 650 edges closer with Asian reveal

The middleweight adventure motorcycle might be about gain a new cohort, as the Moto Morini X-Cape 650 makes its debut

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MOTO Morini has just revealed its X-Cape 650 in Asia, as the Chinese owned Italian firm jump into the highly competitive adventure motorcycle market.

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We first reported on this bike a couple of years ago, when the X-Cape was first revealed at EICMA 2019. Thankfully, Moto Morini has stayed true to the original design concept, as the new bike confirmed in China looks to be identical to the one we saw at Italy’s most famous motorcycle show.

The bike features 50mm adjustable forks, 175mm of ground clearance, and an adjustable seat that can be set at either 820 or 845mm. The engine, a Zhongeng-derived unit, is a 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled unit, with 8-valves. It’ll also be available in two versions, full power 60bhp @ 8,500 rpm and an A2 compliant 47bhp also. Torque is a claimed 56Nm (41lb-ft) at 7,000rpm.

While the power and torque figures do place the Moto Morini just behind the rest of the established middleweight adventure motorcycle pack, with its Chinese roots, this stylish adventure machine will be very competitively priced. While the bike has only just been announced in Asia, and the official Moto Morini website lists the bike as ‘Coming Soon’, one UK dealership has already listed the bike, and its apparent RRP - £6,995.

That places the X-Cape well below the price of the Ténéré 700 (£9,502), and a full £4,000 less than the class-leading KTM 890 Adventure. Yet you still get a Bluetooth enabled TFT dash, switchable ABS, riding modes, and adventure touring capability.

For more information, head to: motomorini.eu

Moto Morini X-Cape specs

Length x width x height

 2190mm x 905mm x 1390mm

Wheelbase

 1470 mm

Dry weight

 213 kg

Seat height

 820mm/845mm

Fuel tank

 18L

Ground clearance

 175mm

FRAME

 Steel trellis and aluminium swingarm

BRAKING SYSTEM

Front brake

 298mm double discs, floating caliper, 2 pistons

Rear brake

 255mm single disc, 2 pistons

ABS

 BOSCH ABS 9.1 Mb (switchable ABS)

RIMS

 Tubeless Spoked rims

TYRES

Front tyre

 110/80-19M/C

Rear tyre

 150/70-17M/C

ENGINE

Engine type

 L 2, 4 Strokes

Engine capacity

 649 cc

Bore x stroke

 83mm x 60mm

Compression

 11.3:1

Max torque

 56Nm/7000rpm

Max power

 45KW/61 CV/8500rpm

Injection system

 BOSCH EFI injection system

Max speed

 175 Km/h

Cooling system

 liquid

Fuel distribution

 DOHC twin-cylinders 8 valves

Emission

 Euro5

COLOURS

 Red, grey, white

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