Is the Benelli Leoncino the Suprise of the Year?

There may now be an overabundance of scrambler and retro styled motorcycles coming out from various companies at the moment, yet somehow the Benelli Leoncino has managed to stand out from the crowd. Sporting a 500cc inline twin and gorgeous looks, it could well mean that a resurgent Benelli has a major hit on its hands.

While it’s not a powerhouse, it should still prove to be a lot of fun. The all new engine produces 35 kW @ 8500 rpm and very impressive 45 Nm of torque @ 4500 rpm. We’ll be interested to see more details on the engine as the torque of it looks mighty impressive and should prove to be brilliant out in the mountains.

Front suspension is an adventure like 50mm in diameter with 135mm of travel. Rear travel is 145mm. Stopping power is provided by way of two 320mm rotors with radial 4 piston calipers and ABS. A single 260mm disc sits at the back. The front wheel is 19 inches in diameter as well. Stick a bash plate on to protect the headers and we’re actually seeing a potentially truly off-road capable scrambler.

Yes, we’re really excited about this bike. Not only does it look amazing but if other recent Benelli’s are anything to go by, it will ride well too. About the only negative we can find is the weight which at 170kg dry is tipping the scales slightly more than we’d like. That said however, it’s only 3kg more than the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2, while having more power and no doubt will be a few thousand dollars cheaper.

We can’t wait.


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