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ADV NewsMoto Morini Launches 650cc X-Cape Adventure Bike In The US

Moto Morini Launches 650cc X-Cape Adventure Bike In The US

A new midsize adventure bike option arrives on this side of the pond.

Published on 05.19.2023
Another adventure bike option has landed in the US. Back in January, we reported that Moto Morini was poised to make their entrance into the American market with new headquarters set to open in Irvine, California. Well, the Trivolzio-based manufacturer has wasted no time and is officially announcing the availability of the X-Cape in the US with an MSRP of $7,999.
Moto Morini X-Cape Adventure Motorcycle arrives in US

The bike is powered by a Bosch EFI 650cc, parallel twin pumping 60 horsepower and 42.5 ft-lbs of torque. Suspension duties are handled by beefy, fully-adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks and an adjustable KYB monoshock, while Brembo twin-piston calipers bite on dual discs up front and a single disc in the rear for stopping power.

Moto Morini X-Cape Adventure Motorcycle arrives in US

The X-Cape also offers switchable Bosch ABS, a 7” colored TFT display, music and phone connectivity, LED lighting, on-road / off-road ride modes, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, an adjustable windscreen and a double waterproof USB charger. The bike rides on 19”/17” tubeless spoked wheels (cast wheels are optional) shod with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires, all supporting the bike’s claimed dry weight of 470 lbs (213 kg).

Moto Morini X-Cape Adventure Motorcycle arrives in US
Moto Morini X-Cape Adventure Motorcycle arrives in US

From a styling perspective, the X-Cape has a pronounced “swoop” from the high 4.8-gallon fuel tank to the low-ish 32.2 inch/ 33.3 inch seat resulting in a more touring oriented scooped saddle. The dual front headlights blend into a fairing that should provide adequate weather protection, and there’s a skid plate, possibly plastic, that covers many of the essentials low on the engine but appears to leave the low-slung exhaust a bit vulnerable.

Moto Morini X-Cape Adventure Motorcycle arrives in US

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Founded in 1937, Morini isn’t new to the game. While a more well-known brand in Europe, the company has been passed around several owners over the years and sporadically out of business. In 2018 Moto Morini was purchased by the Chinese giant Zhongneng Vehicle Group. Design and at least partial production remains in Italy, but an infusion of cash has fueled a more global push from the brand. 

Moto Morini X-Cape Adventure Motorcycle arrives in US
Moto Morini X-Cape Adventure Motorcycle arrives in US

Since the debut of the X-Cape at EICMA back in 2019, Moto Morini has been signaling their intentions to get in the ring with more established players in the current adventure segment. Last November they unveiled an up-spec’d, off-road version called the X-Cape ADV-R, which was put through a trial by fire by taking on the Basella Race in Spain with Dakar veteran Oriol Mena at the helm. The prototype bike impressed by finishing in 8th place in the MaxiTrail class against a highly competitive field that included the likes of Pol Tarres on the Tenere 700 and Antoine Meo on the DesertX. And although there is no word yet on whether this variant will go into production, it seems Moto Morini is not done with its X-Cape platform.“We will continue working to further improve the performance of the Moto Morini X-Cape,” confirmed Mena.

For now, the X-Cape’s standard model is being offered in three color choices: Red Passion, Smoky Anthracite and Carrara White. As is common with other manufacturers, Moto Morini offers a line of accessories for the X-Cape, including aluminum top and side cases, aluminum skid plate, luggage racks, handguards and more. For more information go to motomoriniusa.com.

Moto Morini X-Cape Adventure Motorcycle arrives in US

Moto Morini X-Cape Specs

ENGINE TYPE:liquid-cooled Inline Twin 4-stroke, DOHC 8-Valve
DISPLACEMENT:649 cc
BORE X STROKE:83mm x 60mm
COMPRESSION RATIO:11.3:1
MAXIMUM TORQUE:42.5 ft-lbs @ 7000rpm
MAXIMUM POWER:60 HP @ 8250rpm
INJECTION SYSTEM:BOSCH EFI
MAXIMUM SPEED:106 mph (170 Km/h)
EMISSION LEVEL:euro 5 
DIMENSIONS (LXWXH)2200x900x1390mm
WHEELBASE:58.7″ (1490 mm)
DRY WEIGHT:470 lbs (213 kg)
SEAT HEIGHT:32.3″/33.3″ (820mm/845mm)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY:4.8 gallons (18 liters)
MINIMUM GROUND CLEARANCE:7.5″ (190mm)
FRAME:steel
Front Suspension:Marzocchi 50mm inverted forks with 6.9″ travel, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping.
Rear Suspension:KYB Shock with 6.5″ travel, adjustable for preload and rebound damping.
SWINGARM:aluminum
FRONT BRAKE:Double disc 298 mm, floating calipers, 2 pistons
REAR BRAKE:Single disc, 2 pistons
ABS:BOSCH ABS 9.1 Mb (switchable)
WHEELS:Tubeless spoked rims (Tubeless alloy rims as optional)
FRONT TIRE:110/80-19M/C
REAR TIRE:150/70-17M/C 
Curb weight:514 pounds
MSRP:$7,999 USD

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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Scott Maxwell
Scott Maxwell
May 23, 2023 1:29 pm

More options! Keep them coming!

Mark P.
Mark P.
May 23, 2023 3:41 pm

Surprised to see many premium component for the price.

JohnD
JohnD
May 25, 2023 8:27 am

Still too heavy for me.

Jeff
Jeff
January 17, 2024 11:35 am

Waiting patiently in CANADA!

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