Test Trip: Moto Morini X-Cape 649

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In this review, we take a brief spin aboard the latest from Italy—the Moto Morini X-Cape—a taste examination that left us seeking a lot more with this new participant in the midsize ADV room.

It was a fleeting 5-day affair, all too quick a time to expend with this handsome Italian, but I’ll under no circumstances fail to remember this whirlwind romance. The unique ride aboard the Moto Morini X-Cape took me by way of rural backroads, down twisting highways, and higher into misty mountains on to double-observe trails. Together with the fun came day-to-working day errands and a few hundred miles of freeway. From the casual to the heart-pumping activities, I felt I was falling in adore. But alas, 5 times was all we experienced in advance of declaring goodbye.

As much as we squeezed into our time with the Moto Morini X-Cape, there was significantly a lot more to check out with this all-new model. Someday we will sit down for a feast to observe our antipasto, but for now, here’s what we can notify you about this new mid-sized ADV.

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• Who is Moto Morini?

 Moto Morini is practically unidentified in North America, as the Milan-dependent organization has had an on-again/off-once again romance with the U.S. for a long time. Even though it might be new to us, this is a legacy model in its have suitable. Moto Morini has been in the activity since 1937. Acquired by the Zhongneng Automobile Team in 2018, Moto Morini’s design is nevertheless headquartered in Milan, Italy, although units are now created in China.

In January 2023, the organization introduced a revitalized energy in the U.S. fast-ahead a few months, and Moto Morini United states of america is up and working in an all-new manufacturing unit-backed headquarters in Irvine, California. A variety of Morini’s 650cc parallel-twin bikes are arriving to the growing dealer community, which includes the Seiemmezzo 6.5 STR (activity bare) and Seiemmezzo 6.5 SCR (scrambler), and of study course, the X-Cape.

• The Nuts and Bolts

 When they aim to be a modestly priced, no-frills possibility, Moto Morini also intends for the X-Cape to be a viable contender for the serious off-road rider. At $8299, the X-Cape commences with a tested 649cc parallel twin motor and chassis platform—proven by CFMoto, to be precise—and adds to it a host of factors these types of as the Marzocchi shut-cartridge fork, KYB shock, Bosch EFI, Brembo brakes, Pirelli tires.

Nothing in there appears accurately “budget,” so exactly where does the Morini minimize back again? For just one, there is no IMU, and as a result no fancy electronics bundle. That is not to say there are no onboard electronics, as the Morini reveals off a tasteful 7-inch TFT sprint with a clean up and very well-lit screen. In it

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Endless Curves | Adriatic Moto Tours Sardinia and Corsica Tour Review


Adriatic Moto Tours Sardinia and Corsica Riders' Heaven Guided Motorcycle Tour
This winding road hugs the sides of colorful peaks rising from the sea at Calanques de Piana, Corsica.

The Sardinia & Corsica – Riders’ Heaven tour was my first guided motorcycle tour. It won’t be my last. For nine days in mid-October, I rode with 10 experienced riders from six countries on intensely winding roads through spectacular scenery. We toured the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia (an autonomous region of Italy) and Corsica (an autonomous region of France). Adriatic Moto Tours made it easy: Just show up with your gear and ride.

Related: European Motorcycle Touring: What to Know Before You Go

Adriatic Moto Tours Riders’ Heaven Day 1: Olbia, Sardinia

Adriatic Moto Tours Sardinia and Corsica Riders' Heaven Guided Motorcycle Tour

After exploring Olbia’s old town on foot, I returned to the hotel to find 10 motorcycles lined up like soldiers awaiting inspection. I recognized a smiling face from the Adriatic Moto Tours website and said hello to Anže Colja, our guide for the Sardinia & Corsica – Riders’ Heaven tour. Six riders in our group had taken an AMT tour before, and one was taking his fifth.

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Later, at the introductory briefing, Anže offered insights about riding these Mediterranean islands. “The roads are fantastic,” he said, “the best in Europe. Every day we will ride narrow, twisty, technical roads, but you’re not on a racetrack, you’re on vacation. Can you see far enough to pass? Wait until it’s safe, then commit and go! Take care of each other, and have fun.” 

Adriatic Moto Tours Sardinia and Corsica Riders' Heaven Guided Motorcycle Tour
Each morning, Anže briefed us on the day’s ride.

Born and raised in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, Anže is an economist by training and an affable soul by nature. He speaks Slovenian, English, German, and Croatian, plus enough Italian and French to help us order meals in restaurants that cater to locals rather than tourists. And, as we discovered, he’s one talented rider.

Anže explained that our group would stay united, though not always together, using the system of Static Corner Marking. Anže would always lead, one rider would bring up the rear, and riders in between would alternate “marking” where the route turns by remaining at the junction until the next rider arrives. Each rider also had a GPS with daily routes pre-programmed, so it was hard to get lost. And if we wanted to go on our own, we simply let Anže know.

Adriatic Moto Tours Sardinia and Corsica Riders' Heaven Guided Motorcycle Tour
The coasts of the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Corsica are dotted with small ports and harbors full of fishing boats, sailboats, and yachts.

We also met Peter Cvelbar, who drove the support van and managed tour logistics. Peter is a staff sergeant in the Slovenian Army, and he used a portion of his leave to work this tour. Each morning, we found our bikes wiped down and positioned for a smooth departure, but he did much more. Our luggage was waiting for us in each new hotel room. Bike or equipment issues were quickly addressed. We were given information regarding travel, food, and culture. Both disciplined and easygoing, Peter worked his

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Moto Morini X-Cape 650 X Review

The Moto Morini X-Cape is just one of people bikes, which grows on you more with time. My colleague Preetam rode it a few months back, in a shut, controlled, off-road atmosphere and he was amazed by it. But this time all around, we used a tiny much more time with the motorbike. It is a relatively lesser-known and a new bike brand in India. The X-Cape is one of the two versions on sale, the other just one becoming the Seimmezzo Scrambler! The X-Cape definitely has a great deal of street existence and in this shiny ‘red passion’ color, it easily stands out, on the street and amid other ADVs as well. 

Also Examine: Moto Morini X-Cape 650 Released In India

(The motorbike will get comfy ergonomics, regardless of obtaining a seriously tall seat and fat of 235 kg)

Ergonomics

It is a tall motorbike, the X-Cape 650 and that will come with a seat height of 835 mm. Whilst it may possibly really feel a minimal complicated for new ADV riders, or for individuals who have upgraded from common bikes, the top disappears on the transfer. The standing up position is comfy way too, with enough space for your knees and palms. Total, extremely cozy dynamics, even for very long distance trips. Shorter riders will have to suggestion-toe a bit when at a standstill. With that out of the way, allows journey!

Also Examine: Moto Morini X-Cape 650 X Very first Experience Overview 

 

(59 bhp, 54 Nm and a 6-pace gearbox. Might not audio like considerably, but it will get the position carried out)

Requirements

The X-Cape 650 gets a 649 cc parallel-twin motor that is liquid-cooled and can make 59 bhp at 8,250 rpm together with 54 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. It may perhaps not make for extravagant looking through, but the motorcycle is bristling with electrical power and while the bottom-conclusion is not just serving up dollops of pulling electrical power, the mid-variety and the top rated-conclude additional than make up for it! 

(We like the way the bike builds up speed soon after 3,000 rpm)

Effectiveness

The way the motor builds up pace soon after 3,000 rpm is outstanding! And actually, it does not make a difference what the spec-sheet says, the total of electrical power and torque it has, it is a lot more than plenty of for standard use and then some additional! What we aren’t significant lovers of, is the gearshift, it is clunky and with no quickshifter, swiftly shuffling by means of gears will be a undertaking. 

(Tipping the motorbike into a corner feels uncomplicated and it continues to be neutral far too. Dual-activity tyres offer good plenty of grip)

On tarmac, the bike handles efficiently, it can be hustled on site visitors laden roads and close to a corner far too! Tipping in the motorcycle is straightforward and feels neutral, despite its weighty kerb pounds of 235 kg. And when the dual-activity tyres from Pirelli do the

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