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The Seiemezzo

Postby corsaro chris » 25 Aug 2020 17:29

A picture, just in case you don't know what they will look like (probably)... This is from the Factory website, where there is far more info, including a data sheet which has yet to give power and weight figures...
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To me, this looks like an interesting option - as long as there is 'no weight added...'

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Re: The Seiemezzo

Postby nickst4 » 25 Aug 2020 20:51

Hi Chris,

I've looked at the factory web-site, but there's little word about the engine, beyond being a parallel twin. Is it Morini's own, or something the clever Chinese have knocked up?

It's always a bit worrying to see a model listed as an entry-level machine. Cheap and nasty? I hope not! I have Cagiva's Raptors in 650 and 1000cc form (both Suzuki vee-twins) and the smaller one has a charming and lively character despite the deficit in power.

Can't say I like the current fashion for swing-arm-mounted gubbins. I shouldn't think you'd get any protection from water thrown up, but maybe it doesn't rain in Italy?

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Re: The Seiemezzo

Postby MickeyMoto » 26 Aug 2020 05:33

Hi Nick,

I think the engine is WK. They have raced in Super twins so should be reliable.

The mudguard at the back is, I think, to meet some construction regulation regarding the rear light having to be behind the wheel. Not sure, but somebody who has read the finer points will be along shortly to confirm... :)

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Re: The Seiemezzo

Postby nickst4 » 26 Aug 2020 08:16

MickeyMoto wrote:Hi Nick,

The mudguard at the back is, I think, to meet some construction regulation regarding the rear light having to be behind the wheel. Not sure, but somebody who has read the finer points will be along shortly to confirm... :)

Mike


Mike;

I'm sure you are right about that, or that bodywork has to project beyond the tyre. I guess the manufacturers have taken to heart that a high proportion of owners ditch the long tails in favour of scruffy 'tail-tidies'. The first example of the swing-arm-attached guard I know of was on the Cagiva Canyon and Gran Canyon (super bikes, especially the GC!) but the reg. plate and lights were still in the conventional position.

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Re: The Seiemezzo

Postby Steve Brown » 26 Aug 2020 17:05

As Mickey said the engine is a WK so well proven and made in large numbers. I don't really get the style of this model but I do like the look of the X-cape version. As for quality and what we can expect for the price, we'll have to wait and see. If recent models from Royal Enfield, Benelli and some other badge engineered and re-born brands are anything to go by then I reckon we can expect good things. Good for the price that is and not some back handed swipe. I don't imagine it will compare to my VFR800x Honda for example but they cost twice as much. They can produce things to the required standards so lets hope they do it here. :-)
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Re: The Seiemezzo

Postby corsaro chris » 28 Aug 2020 20:59

Concerning price - they won't be cheap.

I recall something around 7,000 Euro for the base model and another 1,000 for the X-Cape. I like the look of the X-Cape, but I already have a Granpasso, and won't be changing that anytime soon (although - sods' law - the ignition key barrel has just seized up on me this evening; it obviously never rains in Italy)

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Re: The Seiemezzo

Postby George 350 » 31 Aug 2020 22:06

Hmmm. What is it with the angled 'cover' on the engine? Is it a starter drive or something? From the picture it doesn't appear too maintenance friendly, and it looks like a swine to keep clean too. Lots of odd 'bits'. A cross between retro and latest 2020's styling wise, but doesn't say anything special - certainly not a stand out.
Will need to be priced really competitively to have a chance - as Steve alluded to, there is some good looking, well made stiff competition in the middleweight sector now.
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