Powering the Moto Morini X-Cape 650X is a 649cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that belts out a maximum power of 60bhp at 8,250rpm and a peak torque of 54Nm at 7,000rpm. The motor is paired to a six-speed gearbox. The engine feels refined for the most part and offers good tractability as well.
Now, as mentioned earlier, we had a brief time with the X-Cape 650X, and most of it was spent on the specially curated off-road track. And we can safely say that the motorcycle is profoundly exciting on off-road trails. The motor offers copious torque in the bottom end, which inspires a lot of confidence on slushy roads. Add to that, the low centre of gravity and the well-balanced weight distribution which make it easier to navigate through technical trails. Even the ergonomics feel spot-on, be it seated or standing-up, thanks to the raised handlebar and centrally-set foot pegs. Additionally, the block-pattern Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres deliver excellent grip.
Moreover, over the rocky sections leading up to the off-road trails, the overall suspension setup felt composed, although the rear did send the odd kick-back. Then, out on the road, the front suspension worked well for the most part, but the rear felt unsettled over low-amplitude, high-frequency bumps. That said, the bike felt agile and sure-footed around long sweeping bends, although switching sides quickly required some amount of muscling it.