The styling of the bigger X-Cape 1200 adventure bike is similar to that of the 650.
Since being revived by Chinese investors, Moto Morini has four models in its lineup, each powered by a different 650cc parallel-twin engine. However, as can be seen from these leaked pictures of its production-ready X-Cape 1200 adventure bike, the Italian brand is gearing up to make a comeback in the big-capacity adventure bike market after a gap of four years.
Moto Morini X-Cape 1200 adventure bike: details
The look of the X-Cape 1200 is quite recognizable, similar to its younger sibling, the X-Cape 650, and hasn’t changed much from the concept sketches that debuted earlier this year. We don’t think it’s terrible that they resemble each other, and the X-Cape 1200 looks like a classy machine. The addition of the golden rims is classy and seems to be a nod to the Moto Morini X-Cape ADV-R showcased at EICMA 2022.
The 1,187cc liquid-cooled Bialbero CorsaCorta V-Twin engine has been in service here since 2004; it has been modified to comply with the strict Euro-5 emission norms. Since this engine has been making a comeback in the market for a long, it remains to be seen what kind of output figures it produces. To provide context, this V-twin engine was rated for 118 horsepower and 104 Nm of torque in the now-discontinued Granpaso 1200 adventure bike.
With the heavyweight ADV market facing intense competition, a full complement of electronic rider aids will likely become available. Additionally, the Moto Morini includes the following:
- High-end parts like radial Brembo monobloc brakes.
- Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres.
- LED lighting.
Switchable ABS is also available, thanks to its massive bash plate, wire-spoke rims, and block-pattern tires with some off-road reliability. The rider’s triangle seems relatively large, and the pillion seat is also sizable and thick. The cushioning makes it possible to spend long days in the saddle without feeling uncomfortable.
It is unclear whether the X-Cape 1200 will be introduced in India, given that the Moto Morini made its debut there recently and is yet to establish itself in our market.