Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.
The same design house has once again wowed us by showcasing the Leoncino (pronounced Leon-cheeno), meaning the Lion Cub and the Leoncino Trail is its scrambler edition. This street and scrambler motorcycles was first showcased at the 2015 EICMA as a concept and people had then put a lot of money on these bikes because of the potential shown.
The retro – modern design language is literally in vogue now. And this Leoncino has got the same treatment by the fashion gurus at CentroStile Benelli. It is an intelligent fusion of an old-school cover over modern technology that is born to live both the city and the wild life. Both the Leoncino and its sibling, the Leoncino Trail, have been designed to carry their own individual character where their differences are more than subtle. The first is designed to be a street bike while the Trail is more of a sporty all-terrain scrambler. Nonetheless, both of them attract equally and reminds you of the pure emotions that Benelli is famous for.
The curvy fuel tank, round headlight, stubby mudguard and floating tail section is an intelligent fusion of old-school design with modern touches that will appeal every enthusiast. LED package takes care of all illumination duties on the motorcycle and the highlight has to be the Lion of Pesaro which sits atop the front mudguard.
Front façade especially looks very imposing on both the models and the visual differences they carry define the individualistic character. The Leoncino tends to have a more sophisticated look due to the alloys and street radials, whereas, the Trail edition has the vintage styled spoked rims, petal discs and wide-sectioned knobby tyres that is synonymous to scrambler design religion. Both engine and the trellis frame gets the black theme along with the padded Alcantara pilot seat to give the permeated X factor.
Given the genre of these motorcycles, the riding position is quite upright with the slightly raised handlebar and footrest position. The saddle will provide sufficient cushion and its contour puts the rider at ease and comfort. The frame is of the trellis type lattice of steel tubes on whose terminal part is hidden under the tank. All of this leads to more control over the bike, with enough room to move around and stand up on footrests when the situation demands for it.
When it comes to the way they handle, they are two separate worlds with their varying mechanics and components. The Leoncino was born to live in the city. It adopts 17” alloy wheels running with 120/70-ZR17 at the front and 160/60-ZR17 for the rear, guaranteeing grip, stability and performance in any condition. Suspension duties are handled by upside down 45mm adjustable forks and the rear swingarm’s movement is controlled by a laterally mounted shock absorber. Braking the speeds are with 4 piston brake callipers gripping 320mm disc at the front and a 260mm disc with a single piston calliper at the rear with ABS as standard.
- Displacement – 499.6 cc
- No. of Cylinders – 2
- No. of Gears – 6
- Maximum Power – 47 BHP @ 8500 rpm
- Maximum Torque – 45 NM @ 4500 rpm
- Seat Height – 815 mm
- Ground Clearance – 185 mm
- Fuel Tank Capacity – 15 litres