Kiwi Rider August 2022 Vol.1 - Page 58

damping somewhat , because it reduces the oil flow through the shock shaft that acts as a bypass , forcing more oil through the piston and shim stack ) the main problem is the shock valving lacks progression on large bumps , blowing through the travel and bottoming out too easily . Of course , this is at the more extreme end of the use equation and the X-Cape is still quite capable at sensible speeds offroad . Perhaps the most obvious sign that Moto Morini didn ’ t design the X-Cape for hardcore use is the relatively short suspension travel ; 123mm up front and 135mm at the rear . As a comparison for those who have ridden a Tenere 700 , the 649 ’ s rear shock is softer , but the forks are a little firmer . For most typical road and gravel use the suspension action is great .
THE REST Electronics are kept simple with a Bosch offroad ABS and TC mode that allows rear wheel spin , wheelies etc and the rear brake to lock the