Over the past few years, India's middleweight ADV market has consistently welcomed new players. The most recent to accomplish so was the Moto Morini X-Cape 650. And the Kawasaki Versys 650 fits the bill as one of the more well-known types. Hence, in this tale, we put the two ADVS against one another to evaluate which one provides a superior bundle.
After a recent redesign, the Kawasaki Versys 650 now shares the same fascia as its 1000cc sibling. A respectably sizable windscreen is placed on top of the split LED headlight, which now appears considerably crisper than before. However, the general bodywork and the upright posture are both unaltered. Even the X-Cape 650 adheres to the Versys 650's design principles. It features a young-looking face with a split LED headlight and a transparent screen on top. Like the Kwacker, the Moto Morini ADV sports a lofty, upright stance and a purposeful appearance.
The Versys 650 comes with a 649cc parallel-twin motor from Kawasaki that produces 65.7 bhp and 61 Nm. It is housed in a diamond-shaped frame and connected to a six-speed transmission. The Versys 650's motor allows for rapid acceleration at low speeds, even in a higher gear, and provides a fair torque distribution across the rpm range. Meanwhile, the 649cc engine in the X-Cape produces 60 bhp and 54 Nm of torque. The X-Cape has less power than its competitor, but it weighs around 4 kg less, which should increase the power-to-weight ratio overall.
The Versys is outfitted by Kawasaki with traction control, ABS, a full TFT dash, smartphone connectivity, and LED lighting. Even a USB charging port is available as an add-on. On the other side, the X-Cape 650 is the bike in its class with the greatest features. It has a TFT, two USB chargers, an adjustable windscreen, and riding modes (off-road and ride).
The USD front forks and mono-shock of the Versys may be adjusted for preload and rebound. Two 300mm front discs and one 250mm rear disc with ABS make up its braking system. The system is mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels covered in tyres designed for the road. The Moto Morini motorcycle has a mono-shock and fully adjustable USD front forks. It also has a single 255mm rear unit and two 298mm front discs. The X-Cape is available with dual-purpose rubber-wrapped spoked wheels or alloy wheels. The latter is offered as a different version.
The Kawasaki Versys 650 has an asking price of Rs 7,54,000 (ex-showroom Delhi), while the Moto Morini X-Cape is priced at Rs 7,20,000 for the standard model and Rs 20,000 more for the spoked wheels in the X trim. Although the Moto Morini bike is slightly less expensive, it's important to remember that Kawasaki has a long history and a superior service network to Moto Morini.
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