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Italian Police get a fleet of Moto Morini X-Capes


Guns, motorcycles and a badge

I’m quite happily married, thank you very much, but there has to be something said about a woman in uniform wearing knee high boots that makes me tingle. Add a lollipop stick slid down the left shin, put the sexy Italian beast on a motorcycle and I wonder why I haven’t yet  tried to get arrested when visiting Milan.

Light and compact

Now the local police in a number of Italian cities have enjoyed being upgraded to a new fleet of Moto Morini authority machines. When it came to making the decision as to what the girls and boys in blue should ride the X-Cape 650 won the deal. The Italian company partnered with a company called Bertazzoni. The team at Bertazzoni are the ones who ‘dress’ bikes with all the kit that they need to be an authorities bike.

The X-Cape comes as standard with a very high specification. A Bosch ABS system is switchable and delivered via a pair of Brembo calipers up the front and the same brand on the rear. Shod as standard on the well regarded Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres and sprung with an adjustable Marzocchi front end, these machines want for very little.

Road Presence

So Bertazzoni added the police bits. These included “additional luminous and acoustic devices of alarm”. This simply marvellous collection of words could be distilled down to “it has blue lights and a siren”, but why ever would you want to distil a description like that?

What they have done is fit these pieces to the same standard as the factory switch gear, so it looks seamless and ‘falls’ to the riders hands with ease.

One of the main reason the police forces chose the X-Cape is because of the bikes ease of use in the tight streets. Here its light weight, tight turning circle and appropriate seat height make it a bike that’s easy to ride at a slower pace while still being able to ‘pick it up’ when necessary.

Check out those boots

The X-cape along with the Sezzimoto are available from Moto Morini dealers across the country. To find out more about the range, including the more than decent pricing, talk to Neill at BikeWorld on 014566222.

On a final note Italian motorcycle police officers are known as Centaurs. As job titles go that has to be one of the very best.


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