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Moto Morini to make India debut | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The Italian model presently has two fashions in its portfolio, the X-Cape and Seiemmezzo.

Italian model Moto Morini has partnered Adishwar Auto Journey India (AARI) for its India debut, which can characteristic four merchandise. AARI is identical group that handles Benelli’s and Keeway’s enterprise in India

Moto Morini is a part of China’s Zhongneng Car Group after it was acquired by them in 2018. Like practically all Italian two-wheeler marquees, Moto Morini has a storied historical past – innovatively designed and engineered bikes, wealthy racing pedigree, tumultuous monetary historical past and eventual takeover by a bigger conglomerate.

Moto Morini bikes powered by CF Moto engines

The fashionable-era Moto Morini product portfolio presently contains two fashions, the X-Cape ADV tourer and the Seiemmezzo neo-retro roadster. 

Each share the identical CF Moto-sourced 649cc parallel-twin engine, albeit making barely completely different peak output figures. This can be a very comparable engine to what you’ll discover within the 650cc CF Moto bikes, and its specs are practically similar to the Kawasaki 650cc parallel twin with the identical 649cc capability and 83mm x 60mm bore and stroke dimension

The X-Cape is sweet for 61hp and 56Nm of torque, whereas the Seiemmezzo makes 60hp and 54Nm. One other factor widespread between the 2 fashions is the braking set-up – twin-piston axially mounted calipers clamping down on 298mm twin discs on the entrance and a single 255mm disc on the rear with a two-pot caliper, paired to switchable Bosch 9.1 ABS. 

The Seiemmezzo is obtainable in two guises: the extra street-focused STR variant and the scrambler-esque SCR variant. Each variants characteristic rim sizes of 120/70-18 and 160/60-17 on the entrance and rear, respectively. 

The X-Cape will get tubeless spoked rims and runs on 110/80-19 (entrance) and 150/70-17 (rear) tyres.

Seat top stands at 810mm for the Seiemmezzo and 820/845mm for the X-Cape. 

We’ll have to attend for an official announcement regarding the launch timeline of the Moto Morini line-up in India as nothing else has been revealed as of now. 

Moto Morini: A quick historical past

Based in 1937 by Alfonso Morini, Moto Morini had its headquarters in Italy. From 1946 to 1977, Moto Morini made quite a lot of bikes starting from 125cc to 250cc and raced them with various levels of success. In 1977, Moto Morini got here out with a 478cc motorcycle making 43hp and able to reaching a prime pace of 175kph. 

After being acquired by the Cagiva group in 1986, Moto Morini was repurposed as an engineering division inside it, till 1999. That yr, Alphonso Morini’s nephew purchased the Moto Morini model and began working in direction of launching it as a motorbike producer as soon as extra.

 In 2005, the Corsaro 1200 and 9 ½ bikes spearheaded Moto Morini’s rebirth however shortly after, in 2010 encountered monetary issues. Up till its acquisition by the Zhongneng Car Group in 2018, Moto Morini was acquired by many various buyers who tried to restart it efficiently, however to no avail. 

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