Moto Morini X-CAPE with golden edge
Moto Morini was founded in 1937 by Alfonso Morini. The brand became known for its sporting successes in the 1960s and 1970s. Legendary rider Giacomo Agostini chose a Moto Morini 175 as his first racing bike. For the road you had the famous 3 ½, powered by a V-Twin 72° engine designed by Franco Lambertini. The V-twin was the trademark of the primal Italian brand for many years.
Relaunch Moto Morini
After the 1200 CorsaCorta models in the first decade of this century, it became somewhat quiet around the brand. It lacked sales and finances. Then you can do two things: quit or find a lender. Finally, the Zhongneng Vehicle Group in China acquired Moto Morini in 2018. The X-CAPE is the first creation. At about five dealers in the Netherlands you can buy it since this year. That works out quite well, because for a price starting at around 8,500 euros you get a very complete bike that is assembled with top stuff.
Gold Wheels Edition as a party version
The party version Moto Morini X-CAPE Gold Wheels Edition is the version with spoked wheels but with gold-colored rims. Other than that, nothing has changed. So you get a motorcycle that handles well thanks to a strong steel Trellis frame, a fine Marzocchi fork and an upright seating position. Your fists hold a wide and pleasantly placed handlebar, and the Brembo brakes slow down well and are well-dosed. Other up-to-the-minute touches include the 7-inch color display, Bluetooth connectivity, tire pressure monitoring and a disabling ABS for some wilder off-road exploits.
Block of Kawasaki
The twin-cylinder block is impeccable and enjoys a reliable reputation. It does, in fact, stem from Kawasaki. With this brand, it delivers a little more power. Moto Morini has scaled that back by 6 hp so that the maximum now comes out to 60 hp. The torque is 56 Nm. By the way, Moto Morini recently announced a second model with this engine: a naked bike, the Moto Morini Sieemmezzo. It has been unveiled, but not yet priced. The X-CAPE Gold Wheels Edition is: it costs €9,499.