Classic Italian motorbike brand Moto Morini has used today’s Milan motorcycle show to debut a range of all-new 650cc parallel twin models, starting with a retro roadster, called the 6 ½ Seimemmezzo and a mid-range adventure bike names the X-Cape.
Both are available in a 48bhp, A2 licence, version or with a full power motor, figures for which have not yet been disclosed.
The X-Cape offers classic desert rally styling with a large (19”) front wheel and a relatively tall (830mm) seat height (which can also be specified at 845mm). With styling not dissimilar to that of the Honda Africa Twin, the X-Cape has real presence on the road. With a stylish looking 7” TFT screen, adjustable windscreen and decent looking cycle parts, the new Morini looks the part, while the modern retro Seiemmezzo looks like a rival to bikes like the Ducati Scrambler and Yamaha XSR700.
The million dollar question, of course, is whether or not tiny Moto Morini can make an impression given their tiny dealer network and a reputation for making more comebacks than Frank Sinatra. No prices have been announced for the middleweight duo but, assuming they can be competitive, they could provide an interesting alternative to the more established models currently on sale.
In addition to the two 650s, Moto Morini will also be introducing its new Super Scrambler, which is based around their existing 114bhp, 1187cc V-twin engine. The new, 202kg, bike has more than a hint of Triumph Scrambler 1200 about it but looks to have limited off-road capabilities, despite being equipped with dual purpose Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres.