Moto Morini X-Cape

Moto Morini X-Cape Review (Baujahr 2022)

How does a cheap adventure bike with 60 hp from Italy perform?

Moto Morini X-Cape 650 im TestPhotos:

The Moto Morini X-Cape 650 is a real eye-catcher. For less than 8,000 euros you can get a full-fledged adventure bike, which is also suitable for long tours for two. However, the driver has to settle for a somewhat meager 60 hp. Ole and Dietmar tried out what the X-Cape feels like during an extensive tour of country roads.

Powerful and beautiful and beautifully comfortable

First of all, many thanks to Stephan from Lübeck, who provided his gray X-Cape with cast rims for this test. It is very chic and powerful, the Moto Morini. It looks modern, but not too playful. A total of four colour and rim variants are available. We like the red version with the golden spoked wheels best, but it also costs 8,285 euros.
erhältliche Farben X-Cape 650
Moto Morini motorcycles are designed and assembled in Trivolzio, south of Milan. The parts are manufactured in China by the Zhongneng Vehicle Group ("ZNEN" for short). This company has been the owner of Moto Morini since the end of 2018 and was previously known more for scooters and smaller motorcycles for the Asian market. With the purchase of Moto Morini, ZNEN Group has committed to continue operating the plants in Italy.
Dimensions and seat ergonomics
The seat test on the X-Cape is extremely positive. The wide and high-mounted handlebars fall into the driver's hands just as automatically as the handles fall into the hands of the front passenger. The seat is wide enough and pleasantly taut, so that the rear end does not pinch even on longer tours. You sit upright and comfortable, the knee angle is comfortable and the footrests are exactly where they should be. Perfect.

Abmessungen und Sitzergonomie
That's how comfortable it is to sit on the X-Cape.

360 degree tour around the Moto Morini X-Cape 

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Technology of the X-Cape 650

From a technical point of view, there are a few positive surprises with the X-Cape that you wouldn't expect because of the price here. First and foremost is the large and easy-to-read 7-inch TFT color display, which also has a wonderfully matte surface and therefore does not reflect. In addition to all kinds of information, the selected driving mode, of which there are two, is also displayed: "Ride" and "Offroad". In off-road mode, you can park the ABS at the rear, which should please enduro riders. There is also an on-board computer and a tire pressure monitor as standard - really not bad!

Moto Morini also goes all out with the light with the X-Cape - full LED is the order of the day, both for the headlights and the turn signals and the daytime running lights. Very good: There is a separate switch for switching between this daytime running light and the low beam.

We were a bit surprised that the X-Cape has to do without traction control. That's not a big deal, but it's still strange because of the otherwise good equipment. On the other hand, the operation of the X-Cape is nice and simple, you can forget the manual, you can get along with the machine more or less immediately. By the way, Moto Morini has promised that the X-Cape will be equipped with an integrated navigation function in the display via app at a later date via an update. You can already pair your smartphone via Bluetooth, including functions for making calls and listening to music.


That's how it drives

The X-Cape sounds quite good for our taste, but the test bike was also equipped with a silencer from SC Project. As always, you can find the soundcheck at the top right. How the stock exhaust sounds, we can not say.
Enough looking, listening and fiddling around in the cockpit - now it's finally time to hit the road. What is immediately noticeable on the first few meters: The X-Cape lies firmly and securely on the road and goes very precisely around corners. We didn't expect that and it actually feels more like a 21-inch front wheel than a 19-inch one. The handling is good-natured and, in combination with the comfortable seat ergonomics, the result is an extremely relaxed glide. Okay, there are noticeable vibrations almost over the entire rev range, but these didn't bother us - we just noticed them.
The engine produces 60 hp and has a torque of exactly 56 Newton meters. That doesn't sound like much, and it doesn't feel like much. The X-Cape accelerates rather leisurely and overtaking maneuvers should also be carefully considered depending on the load. This may sound as if the machine does not convey any driving pleasure, but it certainly does - but not through sheer performance, but through its good-natured handling. You feel safe on the X-Cape and the clear power output also makes it a real tip for travel enduro riders.
What else did we notice? The 6-speed gearbox is a little choppy, at least cold, but it gets a little better when warmed up. The Marzocchi front fork is fully adjustable and works great. At the rear there is a central shock absorber from Kayaba, here you can adjust the spring base and the rebound. The brakes come from Brembo and are not very noticeable. At the front, there is a double disc with a diameter of 298 mm and two-piston floating calipers. This is also available on the 255 windshield at the rear and a Bosch 2-channel ABS system is also on board. The X-Cape doesn't set any new braking records, but it brakes well and predictably.
At the front there is a 2-fold USB socket for mobile phone and Co. and - note - the switches on this motorcycle are backlit! The windshield is adjustable, but it creaks and rattles a little if you don't turn the adjustment knob all the time. Accessories such as cases, top case, crash bars, handguards, etc. are also available at Moto Morini, so that everyone can put together their dream bike according to their taste.

Conclusion - what sticks

The Moto Morini X-Cape 650 is a good adventure bike for little money. There is still room for improvement and updating, but we didn't notice any really bad things. The machine drives great and impresses with a very well balanced road holding and a comfortable seating position. Only the somewhat limited performance spoils the impression a bit - but of course only if you demand it from an adventure bike at all.
The test machine was kindly provided to us by Stephan from Lübeck. Stephan is an "old hand" when it comes to motorcycles and appreciates the X-Cape as a tourer - just like his wife, who says she feels particularly comfortable here as a pillion passenger...

Price/Availability/Colours/Years of Construction

  • Price: 7.985 €
  • Availability: since 2023
  • Colors: White, Red, Gray

Zubehör für die

  • Moneta
  • Polo
  • Amazon

Pro & Kontra

  • Independent design
  • Comfortable tourer
  • conspicuously stable road holding
  • Price / Performance
  • Windshield makes noise
  • Tight performance
  • Gearbox a bit shaky
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2,190 mm
1,390 mm
213 kg
820-845 mm
1,470 mm

Driving Performance & Range

Tank contents
18 l
175 km/h

Motor & Power Transmission

Engine design
2-cylinder series, four-stroke
Number of cylinders
649 cc
83 mm
60 mm
60 HP
56 NM
Number of gears

Suspension & Brakes

Steel bridge frame
160 mm
135 mm
Suspension rear
Aluminium swing arm
Brakes in front
Double disc
298 mm
Tyres at the front
Brakes rear
Single disc
Rear tyres
Bosch 2-channel ABS