Italian boutique manufacturer Moto Morini has been making headlines in recent months with its new mid-size adventure bike, the X-Cape 650. Available mainly in Italy and neighboring European countries, Moto Morini has now l intend to expand into Asia, particularly India. The Italian company is in the process of setting up a manufacturing plant, as well as setting up a distribution network in the Asian country.
In an article from Indian Motoring Publication automotive world, Moto Morini is set to launch a total of four models in India, based on the X-Cape and Seiemmezzo middleweight machines available in other markets. Specifically, two versions of each will be available, with the X-Cape 650 and X-Cape 650X comprising the brand’s ADV segment, and the Seiemmezzo 6 ½ Street and Seiemmezzo 6 ½ Scrambler making up its urban styling, neo-range. retro.
We already know the X-Cape pretty well, with its 649cc parallel-twin engine producing 59 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. Moto Morini released this bike in hopes that it could compete with the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and Aprilia Tuareg 660 in the rapidly growing middleweight adventure segment. When the power fails, the X-Cape features top-of-the-line components. For example, it is equipped with sturdy 50mm inverted front forks from Marzocchi, an adjustable KYB monoshock in the rear and a set of Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires. In addition, the bike is equipped with Brembo brakes, a color TFT display and an adjustable windshield for maximum touring comfort.
Moving on to the brand’s road bikes, the Seiemmezzo 6 ½ models are characterized by their retro style and 650cc engines, similar to what we find in the X-Cape. The Seiemmezzo’s engine, however, is tuned slightly differently and only produces 54 horsepower higher in the rev range. Likewise, it features premium components such as KYB suspension, Brembo brakes and dual-channel ABS from Bosch. It also flaunts a lightweight chromoly steel frame, making it a nimble and flickable machine.
Specific to the Indian market, Moto Morini has partnered with Adishwar Auto Ride India (AARI). The company will also handle the production and distribution of Moto Morini motorcycles in the country. AARI is also the authorized dealer of Benelli and Keeway motorcycles, brands that have European origins and are gaining popularity around the world. As of now, the prices for Moto Morini models in India have yet to be announced, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.