The world of adventure touring needs lots of comforts and the Moto Morini X-Cape 650 X offers a lot of it. It all starts from that seat – it is wide and has plenty of great cushioning. Even after spending all day on that saddle, there was barely any fatigue or need to adjust that lower body for comfort. And then there’s that suspension system – due to its fully adjustable nature, the bike can churn out the ride you need. We had it in the stock setup and for most of the time, this ADV felt easy, and composed and gave out a ride that is quite good, especially at high speed. At low speeds, the rear did have a fast rebound and that bothered the lower back a bit.
Now taking on the roads of Mumbai and also around it was an easy job on the XCape 650X. Firstly, even with its heavy kerb weight, the motorcycle feels balanced – thanks to good weight distribution and then there’s that comfortable seating triangle that adds to the easiness. The shorter riders may find handling stop-go traffic a bit difficult due to the seat height, but at least the motorcycle’s balance will assist you.
Now coming to the main aspect – that 649cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine. This one churns out 60bhp at 8250rpm and a peak torque of 54Nm at 7000rpm and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. These numbers are a bit less compared to the Kawasaki Versys 650, but it does offer performance that doesn’t make you feel bored or content. This motor offers power almost throughout the rev band and does it linearly. While the initial revs are quite decent to commute in the city, above 4000rpm there’s also this strong surge in torque that makes things extremely addictive and fun too. That same midrange allowed for easy overtakes on the highways. The highways are also where you will start to appreciate the overall refinement of this engine.
The motorcycle can do triple-digit speeds and with the good refinement it comes with, the rider is bound to cover countless distances in comfort and minimum fatigue. However, the story isn’t the same when riding in the city. The engine heats up quite a bit and even with proper riding pants in place that heat can be felt. And to top it up, the gearshift experience is quite poor. There’s huge play while shifting and the box is clunky too. This does spoil the overall city commuting experience. The XCape 650 love to be in the twisties. The motorcycle manages to hold the angles well and the credit goes to that 19-inch front wheel, that frame and those fantastic top-spec Pirelli tyres. The grip from these tyres is just outstanding and that inspires so much confidence.
In off-road conditions, the bike behaves well, especially in sand conditions due to that heavy front. While it is a bit difficult to jump or slide the bike due to the weight, this ADV does assist you find that point where you can have some fun in the dirt. Also, the standing up ergos are not comfortable for taller riders. The handlebar needs to be adjusted for that.