In 2022, Moto Morini entered the Indian market as part of Adishwar Auto Ride India’s new Moto Vault multi-brand motorcycle company. Coming to India, Moto Morini has launched the Seiemmezzo Scrambler, X-Cape 650 and 650X adventure motorcycles.
We went to Hyderabad to test-drive the Moto Morini X-Cape 650X, the flagship model of this range. The Moto Morini X-Cape 650X will compete with the likes of Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-Strom 650XT and Triumph Tiger 660. Will the Moto Morini X-Cape 650X be able to compete with all these bikes? Let’s know…
Moto Morini X-Cape 650X: Design and Features
The Moto Morini X-Cape 650X has a very attractive and impressive design. In terms of design, it gets angular twin headlamps on the front end with high-set fairing and cape-like adjustable windscreen. The side fairing in the bike starts from the headlight and goes to the engine. Talking about the side profile, a small exhaust has been given on the right side of the bike. The bike has a wide split seat, spoke wheels and a sharp rear end.
Other key features of the X-Cape 650X include a large 7-inch TFT display that offers Bluetooth connectivity. The TFT display has good visibility and is also easy to use and offers multiple themes. Dual USB charging port is also provided in the bike. The Moto Morini X-Cape 650X comes with a better build quality along with a good fit and finish. Good quality switch gear has been used in the bike.
Moto Morini X-Cape 650X: Engine Specifications
The Moto Morini X-Cape 650X is powered by a liquid-cooled 649cc twin-cylinder engine that makes 59bhp power at 8,250rpm and 54Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The X-Cape 650X is based on a tubular steel frame. The bike gets fully adjustable Marzocchi upside-down telescopic forks at the front and Kayaba mono-shock suspension with both pre-load and rebound adjustments at the rear. In terms of braking, the front wheel gets a 298 mm floating disc that is handled by four-piston calipers, while the rear wheel features a 255 mm disc with two-piston callipers. Dual-channel ABS has been given to improve braking.
The X-Cape 650X gets 19-inch wheels at the front and 17-inch at the rear. The wheels are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion STR tubeless tires – 110/80-19 (front) and 150/70-17 (rear).
This adventure bike is 2,200mm long, 900mm wide and 1,390mm high. The wheelbase of the bike is 1,490 mm long and weighs 215 kg. The 650X gets a ground clearance of 175mm and the seat height is 835mm from the ground. The fuel tank of 18 liters has been given in the bike.
Moto Morini X-Cape 650X: Riding Impressions
The 649cc engine of the Moto Morini X-Cape 650X produces 59bhp and 54Nm of peak torque but you wouldn’t expect it on normal roads. However, the output of this twin-cylinder motorcycle on rough roads is really surprising.
At low revs, the engine doesn’t deliver that much torque and it can feel a bit slow. However, once you increase the revs, you feel the performance of this bike and the top end feels quite punchy as it reaches the redline.
On the road, the X-Cape 650X is a pretty good performer and can easily achieve three-digit speeds without much effort. The riding position on the 650X is commanding and the adjustable windscreen prevents windblast from the front. Riding on the X-Cape 650X is a great experience standing up and you can get hold of its fuel tank with ease.
The suspension setup of this bike deals with potholes and speedbumps quite easily. However, turning the X-Cape 650X is not easy at high speeds, so if you want to take sharp turns from the bike, you will have to plan for it beforehand.
We did off road riding on the X-Cape 650X which was a lot of fun. We also took this bike to the mud pits from where this bike easily left. This bike can easily cross the small potholes and rocky roads coming during off road ride.
However, we also realized some shortcomings in this bike which we definitely want to tell you. The twin-cylinder engine of the bike heats up very quickly and the heat generated by it can be a bit unbearable in traffic. At higher rpm, the engine of the bike feels a bit more vibration. However, if you drive this bike for a long time then you will not have any problem with it.
Moto Morini X-Cape 650X: DriveSpark Thoughts
The Moto Morini X-Cape 650X is a great performance adventure bike and we think it is one that you should give very serious consideration to. This is one motorcycle we want to spend more time with.