2015 EICMA: Benelli Leoncino
Benelli may now be Chinese-owned but that hasn’t stopped the Italian brand from having a presence in Milan, presenting three new motorcycles at EICMA. Shown here is a new scrambler model called the Leoncino, or “lion cub”, a name that traces back to a line of lightweight Benelli models from the 1950s.
The Leoncino is powered by a new liquid-cooled 500cc parallel-Twin which also powers the adventure-style TRK 502 also shown at EICMA. Benelli claims the engine produces 46.9 hp at 8500 rpm and 33.2 lb-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm.
The engine hangs in a steel tube frame with the header pipes running along the bottom exposed (that’s right, no protective plate for this scrambler) to the rising exhaust on the right side.
The 19-inch front wheel is suspended by a 50mm upside-down fork offering 135 mm of travel. The 17-inch rear wheel is connected to a steel tube swingarm suspended by a spring preload and rebound adjustable shock, offering 145 mm of travel.
Twin 320 mm front brake rotors are paired with four-piston calipers while the rear brake consists of a two-piston caliper and 260 mm disc, with ABS as standard equipment. The wire-spoke wheels come with knobby tires, a 110/80-ZR19 up front and a 150/70-ZR17 at the rear.
Other features include a 32.1-inch seat height, 4.0-gallon fuel tank and a claimed dry weight of 375 pounds.
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