Moto Morini has unveiled the 2022 X-Cape at the EICMA 2021. The motorcycle enters the mid-size adventure motorcycle segment, which is currently witnessing a steady growth in demand. The key competitors include the likes of Yamaha Ténéré 700 and the Aprilia Tuareg 660. For the very first look, the motorcycle looks built for rally racing. The bodywork is quite aggressive and adds to that the long-travel suspension. It seems like the 2022 X-Cape has the capability to race at the Dakar Rally without any mods.
The company has mentioned that the motorcycle will be entirely made in Italy. Keeping the basis of an adventure motorcycle, the X-Cape boasts neutral ergonomics that will provide some leverage to the rider to tackle challenging off-road terrains. The equipped six-point handlebar will suit a wide range of riders, thus adding to the flexibility points.
Engine, Mechanicals and Features
Powering the motorcycle is a 649cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine. The power output of the engine is 59 HP. The X-Cape rides on 19-inch front wheels and 17-inch rear wearing Pirelli’s Scorpion Rally STR tyres that will help the bike traverse on the offroad terrain with ease. The suspension setup of the motorcycle is quite impressive. The motorcycle comes with 50 mm fully adjustable forks from Italian suspension experts Marzocchi. Meanwhile, the rear is an adjustable preload and rebound shock. The motorcycle gets a handful number of kits as rider aids. This includes a full-colour TFT display with four different graphic styles, Bluetooth connectivity, tyre pressure sensor, switchable ABS and more.
Availability and Launch Date
As it stands, the Moto Morini X-Cape will most likely hit the European market in 2022. Customers will have three colours to choose from – Red Passion, Carrera White, and Smoky Anthracite. Interestingly the motorcycle will have two versions, one standard and one restricted. The restricted one is the A2-compliant version, for learner riders. Once, the rider gets complete confidence, they can convert it to the unrestricted version.