Moto Morini’s plans for a new adventure bike aren’t dead, they’ve just been delayed.
Back at EICMA 2019, Moto Morini introduced a parallel twin-powered adventure bike called the X-Cape 650. Bazinga! Surely production was just around the corner? Alas, COVID-19 happened, and Moto Morini ended up shutting down its plant. No doubt that’s part of the reason we see the machine still hasn’t made it to market in mid-2021.
That’s probably changing soon. Moto Morini was recently spotted flogging the bike at the Beijing Motor Show, and now it features the X-Cape 650 on its website saying the machine will be “Available in the coming months”.
The Moto Morini X-Cape 650 is based around a Chinese engine, about which little is known, except for claimed max horsepower and torque (60 hp, 56 Nm, supposedly). The rest of the bike is indeed interesting: There’s a 7-inch TFT screen, with TMPS and Bluetooth compatibility. Dual-lens LED headlights come standard. Moto Morini included Bosch 9.1 dual-channel ABS, which can be deactivated for offroading. However, the bike is definitely aimed at street-biased riding, with a 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear.
The suspension includes Marzocchi forks and KYB shock, and the brakes come via Brembo.
Moto Morini is hardly a muscled competitor in the ADV segment these days, or any other segment, really. However, this bike looks the business, like the scaled-down Africa Twin that everyone wishes Honda would build.
For more details on the new X-Cape 650, keep an eye on the Moto Morini website. This machine is more likely to make a market impact in China than it is in North America, but it’s possible that Euro inmates may see them for sale soon. If so, we’d love a from-the-saddle report on the new bike.