MOTO MORINI X-CAPE 650 SET FOR EURO AND US LAUNCH

2022 Moto Morini X-Cape 650 in action
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The Moto Morini X-Cape 650 won't get a run in Australia but is another sign the Chinese manufacturers have eyes on adventure

I don’t think the name X-Cape is as clever as the company had perhaps hoped, but nevertheless, a portion of the world (but not our portion), has been bequeathed another new adventure model and that’s a good thing. Still, I will be disappointed if each new bike doesn’t arrive wearing a cape on.

THE 2022 MOTO MORINI X-CAPE 650

Moto Morini is one of several European heritage brands that collapsed or fell on hard times, since gifted a lifeline by a giant Chinese manufacturer which, in this case, is the Zhongneng Vehicle Group which became the owner of Moto Morini in 2018.

The X-Cape is designed in Italy and manufactured in China and will be sold to compete at the lower end of the pricing scale. The X-Cape has some decent moments on the spec sheet like adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks (now FOX owned and looking for redemption), spoked wheels, Brembo brakes and an 18-litre tank.

The 7-inch TFT screen is Bluetooth connectable and looks to offer navigation capabilities, most likely via the phone. The windscreen is manually height adjustable and there’s a luggage rack and a weird plastic bashplate/case guard that’s best considered ornamental.

X-CAPE 650 – COMES WITH HEATED KNOB

I have two favourite moments from Moto Morini’s own summation of the X-Cape. One is the model’s tagline which is: A New Way of Living the Motorcycle. That makes no sense whatsoever.

And then there’s this: “There is no lack of fundamental accessories such as the trio of bags, the protective bars or the heated knobs, indispensable on a true Adventure.” I think many of us could agree that a heated knob is indispensable on a true Adventure.

Translation issues aside, Moto Morini doesn’t have an importer in Australia so we miss out on a bike that I truly hope will be delivered with a cape on.

The bike will hit America priced at US$8,500 which would theoretically see it retail here for around $12,500. At that figure, the CFMoto 800MT with the KTM engine and KYB suspension looks the better option at $13,990 and it should be here close to the end of 2021.