Moto Morini bikes to be sold in India via Benelli outlets

The Italian brand currently has two models in its portfolio, the X-Cape and Seiemmezzo.

Italian brand Moto Morini has partnered with Adishwar Auto Ride India (AARI) for its India debut, which will feature 4 products. AARI is the same group that makes Benelli’s and Keeway’s company in India

Moto Morini is part of China’s Zhongneng Vehicle Group after it was acquired by them in 2018. Like almost all Italian two-wheeler tents, Moto Morini has a storied history: innovatively designed and engineered bikes, a rich racing history, a tumultuous financial history and eventual takeover by a larger conglomerate.

Moto Morini bikes powered by CF Moto engines

Moto Morini’s modern product portfolio currently includes two models, the X-Cape ADV tourer and the Seiemmezzo neo-retro roadster.

Both share the same CF Moto-sourced 649cc parallel-twin engine, albeit with slightly different peak output figures. This is a very similar engine to what you will find in the 650cc CF Moto motorcycles, and the specs are nearly identical to the Kawasaki 650cc parallel twin with the same 649cc capacity and 83mm x 60mm bore and stroke dimensions

The X-Cape produces 61 hp and 56 Nm of torque, while the Seiemmezzo produces 60 hp and 54 Nm. Another thing the two models have in common is the braking setup – axially mounted twin-piston calipers clamping onto 298mm dual discs at the front and a single 255mm disc at the rear with a two-pot caliper, mated to switchable Bosch 9.1 ABS .

The Seiemmezzo is offered in two guises: the more street-oriented STR variant and the scrambler-style SCR variant. Both variants have rim sizes of 120/70-18 and 160/60-17 front and rear respectively.

The X-Cape gets tubeless spoke rims and runs on 110/80-19 (front) and 150/70-17 (rear) tires.

The seat height is 810mm for the Seiemmezzo and 820/845mm for the X-Cape.

We will have to wait for an official announcement regarding the launch timeline of the Moto Morini lineup in India as nothing else has been revealed so far.

Moto Morini: a brief history

Moto Morini was founded in 1937 by Alfonso Morini and was headquartered in Italy. From 1946 to 1977, Moto Morini made a variety of bikes, ranging from 125cc to 250cc, and raced them with varying degrees of success. In 1977 Moto Morini came on the market with a 478cc engine with 43 hp and a top speed of 175 km/h.

After Moto Morini was acquired by the Cagiva group in 1986, it was repurposed as a technical division until 1999. That year, Alphonso Morini’s cousin bought the Moto Morini brand and began work on relaunching it as a motorcycle manufacturer.

In 2005, the Corsaro 1200 and 9 engines fueled the revival of Moto Morini, but soon after, in 2010, they ran into financial difficulties. Until its acquisition by the Zhongneng Vehicle Group in 2018, Moto Morini was acquired by many different investors who tried to restart it successfully, but to no avail.

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