Two avenue bikes from a storied Italian model that convey a brand new flavour to the middleweight section.
There are numerous issues that the Italians are distinctive for and among the many record is motorbike designs. Which ought to clarify why me and my colleagues are so captivated by the appears of the brand new Moto Morini Seiemmezzo 6 ½ bikes. Earlier than you ask, the pronunciation is “see-eh-metzo” and the identify means six and a half, which denotes the 650cc inline-twin (649cc to be exact) that powers these bikes. They’re accessible in India in two types – Retro Avenue and Scrambler, with variations between them being largely beauty. Right here’s what it was wish to spend a short time with these new middleweight nakeds.
Moto Morini Seiemmezzo: design and options
As said earlier, the stand out function on the Seiemmezzo bikes is the beautiful Italian design. The Retro Avenue variant has a dollop of avenue bare butchness, evident within the visible mass provided by the beefy tank. The spherical headlight, seats, and nearly minimal tail part add to the attraction. In truth, the dearth of pointless physique panels retains part of the body and subframe uncovered. Isn’t that the entire level of ‘avenue bare’? I additionally favored the design of the tyre hugger that doubles up because the quantity plate holder.
Scrambler will get tubeless wire-spoke wheels.
The Scrambler, because the identify suggests, has just a few distinguishing design components to the roadster. Whereas the gasoline tank, headlight and seat are the identical (completed in tan brown) there are bits particular to the Scrambler variant. This features a fly display above the headlight and a neat-looking beak under it. The facet panels are completely different as effectively but it surely’s the tail-section that provides extra distinction to the Scrambler. I notably favored the way in which it extends past the seat to type a mini mudguard. Talking of, the little mud flap over the entrance wheel might barely forestall it from throwing muck onto the radiator after we rode the Scrambler off-road. I assume type takes priority over perform within the case of this Italian machine. Additionally, the Scrambler has a gold-coloured fork and runs on tubeless wire-spoke wheels, not like the alloys on the Retro Avenue.
Sensible TFT show with Bluetooth.
By way of options, they’ve each bought all-LED lights, backlit switchgear and a color TFT show with Bluetooth connectivity.
Moto Morini Seiemmezzo: trip and dealing with
Each bikes have broad, accommodating and cozy perches. Within the case of the road bike, the handlebar is flatter, whereas the footpegs are set at an acceptable top to type a snug rider’s triangle. The Scrambler’s handlebar, nonetheless, is ready barely greater to make it simpler to face on the pegs and trip off-road.
Inline-twin has a stable midrange punch.
The Seiemmezzos are powered by the identical 649cc, inline-twin engine that produces 55hp and 54Nm. These figures are considerably decrease than different 650cc-class bikes, just like the Kawasaki Z650 (68hp, 64Nm). Each Moto Morinis weigh 215kg, and on paper, they are not in the identical efficiency ballpark because the competitors. Nevertheless, within the very brief time we spent driving them, the bikes didn’t really feel sluggish. In truth, there’s a robust surge in acceleration as revs enter the midrange, accompanied by a pleasant induction roar. There’s first rate top-end efficiency as effectively, however given the restricted area we had entry to, we couldn’t maintain freeway speeds for lengthy. So, a full blown take a look at is what’s to be able to see what these middleweight nakeds have gotten to supply.
The Seiemmezzos make use of a tubular body, suspended by a fully-adjustable USD fork and a monoshock. And earlier than you surprise, the suspension journey (120mm entrance/ 118mm rear) in addition to wheel sizes on each fashions is identical. The one distinction is seen within the Scrambler’s block-pattern tyres for extra grip whereas driving on trails. On the highway, the suspension did a great job of absorbing bumps, though the entrance fork on our take a look at Scrambler felt bouncy over a number of the bigger bumps. Dealing with round the one nook we got here throughout on our route showcased the planted nature of the bike.
Radiator will get caked in slushy circumstances.
Braking efficiency, too, didn’t go away a lot to be desired both, though the ABS sensitivity beneath exhausting braking is greater than superb.
Moto Morini Seiemmezzo: Do you have to purchase it?
Moto Morini’s Seiemmezzo twins are fairly not like the competitors within the section. Not solely do they appear nice, they’ve a reliable engine and chassis to cater to what most patrons search on this section. That stated, it’s too early for us to advocate them till a correct highway take a look at is carried out. Moreover the nascent gross sales and repair community, in addition to the unproven reliability, are issues to contemplate earlier than placing down the estimated Rs 6 lakh-7.5 lakh (ex-showroom) that these bikes could demand, as soon as they’re launched.