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Moto Morini could launch a Honda Africa Twin rival at EICMA

Written by Parichay Malvankar

High performance, fully-faired superbikes are becoming a thing of the past. Mostly because the current trend and market fascination is towards adventure tourer motorcycles. Moto Morini has now released a teaser image of their upcoming motorcycle set to make a debut at the EICMA show in Milan next month. The bike teased is clearly an adventure tourer motorcycle, and the design looks in sync to rival the likes of Honda Africa Twin. Although, by segment standards, this bike will fight it out with the likes of Ducati Multistrada, Triumph Tiger and MV Agusta Turismo Veloce.

Most Indian motorcyclists aren’t well aware of Moto Morini, but this brand made an Indian debut together with Vardenchi in 2014. The bikes were very expensive, and the dealer network wasn’t enough to create any buzz in the market. Now, the new 2020 Moto Morini adventure tourer will also make use of a big twin-cylinder motor as speculated, and will be compliant with the latest emission norms.

The revealed sketch hints at a high front end design with a tall windscreen. The profile of the sketch hints at a sleek design, unlike the Tiger & Multistrada models which have a lot of front end bulk. There would most definitely be a fully digital speedometer cluster on this motorcycle and spoked rims are also clearly highlighted. Another sketch highlight is the long travel front suspension and the engine bash plate for this 2020 Moto Morini adventure motorcycle.

There are 2 motorcycles which will debut at EICMA 2019, and the 2nd one would be another ‘Super Scrambler’ model on showcase. Moto Morini claims these new bikes to be their brand new midsize platform. We’re expecting a twin-cylinder engine in the tune of 800-900cc, unlike the old bikes which made use of a 1,187cc V-Twin.

It remains to be seen if Moto Morini wants to make a comeback to India, which is opening up in the big bike market. However, their previous dip stick has taught them that an exorbitant price tag isn’t going to work.