Moto Morini is an Italian boutique motorcycle brand that churns out performance oriented big bikes. In recent years, the company has outsourced production of its motorcycles to China, and has since been able to offer its bikes at a rather competitive price point. The newest bike to come out of Moto Morini’s assembly line is none other than the X-Cape 650, a middleweight adventure bike that seeks to lock horns directly with ADV bikes in the 650 class.
The Moto Morini X-Cape 650 was first unveiled in EICMA 2022. With COVID-19 throwing a curveball, the official launch of this Italian-styled ADV had been postponed. At last, the bike has officially been announced, and will begin hitting showrooms in Italy and surrounding European countries very soon. When it does make it to the international market, the Moto Morini X-Cape will do battle with the likes of the Yamaha Ténéré 700, V-Strom 650XT, and the upcoming Aprilia Tuareg 660.
On the tech and performance spectrum, the Moto Morini X-Cape makes use of a conventional 650cc 180-degree parallel-twin. Rated at an adequate 60 horsepower, the X-Cape is substantially down on power in comparison with other bikes in the 650 segment. As far as suspension and brakes are concerned, the X-Cape gets pretty decent components consisting of inverted front forks, ABS-equipped dual-front and single rear discs, and even a full-color TFT display equipped with Bluetooth smartphone connectivity.
Moto Morini has announced the pricing for the X-Cape in the European market at 7,290 Euros, or the equivalent of around P430,000. If this pricing structure is applied to the Philippine market, there’s no denying that the X-Cape will prove itself as an attractive option to those looking to enter the middleweight ADV segment. In that case, it will be more closely priced to the likes of the Benelli TRK 502X and the Honda CB500X.