Italian motorcycle maker Moto Morini has been around for more than 50 years. The brand is now seeing a significant resurgence as a result of its 2018 acquisition by the Chinese business Zhongneng Vehicle Group. Since then, the business has rebuilt itself in the middleweight market with products like the X-Cape 650 adventure cycle and Seiemezzo neo-retro models.
Having said that, it appears that the motorbike maker should expand into the luxury market. This is the perfect time for Zhongneng to capitalize on the Moto Morini brand as other Chinese manufacturers like QJ Motor and CFMOTO advance in terms of performance, and a number of other Chinese manufacturers enter the global market following EICMA 2022. In fact, they are doing just this since Moto Morini is planning to introduce a new flagship adventure bike in 2024.
It's the Moto Morini X-Cape 1200, and like its 650cc sister, it's built to be both a long-distance tourer and an adventure bike with off-road prowess. General Manager of Moto Morini Alberto Monni has said that the Corsa Corta-V2 would return for the 2024 model year. Nevertheless, because of the impending implementation of the new Euro 5+ requirements in January 2024, the engine will need to undergo significant improvement.
The bike will undoubtedly be designed in the same manner as the X-Cape 650 and have contemporary, athletic lines. To keep up with the competition, it is anticipated to deliver between 120 and 140 horsepower in terms of performance. It's important to note that the engine's technological foundation might be the Moto Morini Granpasso 1200, which debuted in 2008. With just 118 horsepower available, the performance will undoubtedly need to be improved if it is to compete with the large adventure motorcycles from the top brands.
Of course, there are more solutions besides pure performance. A lightweight aluminum swingarm and a tubular steel frame are anticipated for the future X-Cape 1200. Moreover, quality suspension duties with a complete range of adjustment are anticipated. Besides that, a variety of electronic rider aids including traction control, ABS, and several riding modes are predicted to be included with the bike. The bike will have dual-purpose tires with wheels measuring 19 inches up front and 17 inches down back.