Benelli Leoncino spotted testing in India again
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
The Benelli Leoncino, a retro-modern motorcycle from the Italian bike maker has been spotted testing in India again.
The camouflaged test mule comes with an LED DRL in the headlamp. The motorcycle was launched in the Malaysian market in October. CentroStile Benelli from Italy has designed the motorcycle. It features a scrambler-esque design language, tempered with modern mechanicals. The lighting system is all-LED, and the instrument cluster is a digital unit. The single piece seat complements the upright riding position; and the bike gets a saree guard on the left, in compliance with the norms in the country. The motorcycle was spied in the country for the first time recently.
The neo-retro scrambler draws power from a 499.6cc in-line two cylinder DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection. It is capable of developing 47.5 PS of power at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The Euro 4 engine pairs with a 6-speed transmission. Benelli has derived the powerplant from the TRK 502.
A 50 mm upside down front fork; and a preload and rebound-adjustable rear monoshock hold the trellis frame. For anchorage, the Leoncino employs dual 320 mm discs at the front, with 4-piston radial callipers. The rear comes with a single 260 mm disc with a single piston calliper. Both brakes have ABS as standard. The 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels are shod with 120-section at the front and 160-section at the rear.
Expect more details about the bike’s launch in the coming months. The Benelli Leoncino would be the cheapest scrambler offering when launched in India, undercutting the Triumph Street Scrambler and the Ducati Scrambler.
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