Replace: Moto Morini Confirmed for US


Coming to America: Moto Morini and its Seiemmezzo and X-Cape motorcycles.

Coming to America: Moto Morini and its Seiemmezzo and X-Cape bikes. (Moto Morini/)

We revealed in December that Italy’s Moto Morini was planning to convey its vary of 650cc parallel-twin fashions and a few as but unannounced 750cc V-twins to the American market. Now the corporate has formally confirmed that it’s bringing its bikes to this facet of the Atlantic. Or, extra precisely, this facet of the Pacific, as a result of regardless of its Italian branding and heritage, Morini’s possession is Chinese language and the bikes coming to the States will emerge from the corporate’s manufacturing facility in Taizhou, Zhejiang, China.

In a press launch, Moto Morini says that the corporate has established new American headquarters in Irvine, California, and is at present accepting purposes from potential sellers and hiring vendor growth and product help personnel. Though not dwell on the time of writing, the US operation additionally intends to have a devoted web site at

The Seiemmezzo will definitely be coming to the US.

The Seiemmezzo will certainly be coming to the US. (Moto Morini/)

The preliminary bikes coming to the States would be the identical parallel-twin fashions that make up the corporate’s vary in European and Asian markets. These embody two variations of the Seiemmezzo 6 1/2—the cafe-racer-style STR and the scrambler-inspired SCR—and the X-Cape journey bike. All use the identical CFMoto-sourced 649cc parallel-twin engine making 61 hp at 8,250 rpm and 40 lb.-ft. at 7,000 rpm, mounted in a tubular-steel body, however the Seiemmezzo and X-Cape handle to attraction to very totally different sections of the market.

There are a few versions of the Seiemmezzo 6 1/2, the scrambler-style SCR (L), and the cafe-racer-style STR (R).

There are a number of variations of the Seiemmezzo 6 1/2, the scrambler-style SCR (L), and the cafe-racer-style STR (R). (Moto Morini/)

The Seiemmezzo fashions hark again to Morini’s previous, with echoes of the 350cc “3 1/2″ V-twin mannequin that was launched in 1973 and offered the spine of the firm’s vary for a few years. Each the STR and SCR weigh in at round 440 kilos, with 43mm inverted Kayaba forks and a monoshock from the identical provider, with adjustment for rebound, compression, and preload at each ends. They differ in fashion, although, the STR model carrying solid alloy wheels in 18 inches on the entrance, 17 inches rear, whereas the SCR has wire wheels in the identical measurement, a distinct seat unit, a high-mounted entrance mudguard and a small display.

Moto Morini’s midsize ADV machine, the X-Cape in 650cc form, will also be coming to the US.

Moto Morini’s midsize ADV machine, the X-Cape in 650cc kind, can even be coming to the US. (Moto Morini/)

In distinction, the X-Cape is a modern-looking journey bike constructed across the identical foremost elements. Its extra in depth bodywork and bigger, 4.7-gallon gasoline tank pushes weight as much as 470 kilos. In Europe, it’s priced on the equal of round $8,500, however that’s not essentially an correct information to how a lot it’s going to value within the US given the variations in gross sales taxes and import duties. The Seiemmezzo fashions are priced at across the identical stage in European markets.

The NHTSA documentation filed final 12 months that first revealed Morini’s plans to enter the US market additionally revealed that the corporate intends to import a spread of as but unseen 750cc V-twin fashions. These may have considerably extra energy (97 hp in keeping with the VIN info within the approval paperwork) however there’s no indication as to their fashion or technical particulars past the V-twin configuration.

Moto Morini Seiemmezzo 6 1/2 SCR

Moto Morini Seiemmezzo 6 1/2 SCR (Moto Morini/)

Morini’s bosses have spoken about introducing a future vary of V-twins, although, together with bikes within the “700cc” and “900cc” courses. There are additionally plans to convey again the massive, 1,187cc V-twin engine that fashioned the idea of the earlier era of Moto Morinis, constructed between 2005 and round 2020, after they had been phased out resulting from tightening emissions legal guidelines in Europe. An “X-Cape 1200″ adventure-bike prototype utilizing the engine has already been seen in China.

Morini’s success within the US market will inevitably hinge closely on its means to ascertain a widespread and dependable vendor community, however the present vary of bikes and the longer term plans give the corporate good purpose to be upbeat about its probabilities


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