We can’t quite figure out what is up with Benelli these days. We know they were purchased by a Chinese corporation, but they are still designing at least some of their bikes in Italy. The design center in Pesaro is responsible for some concepts displayed at EICMA this week, including the Leoncino pictured here. Personally, we really like the design. A simple motorcycle … almost strange these days.
The Leoncino is a concept expected to reach production next year. Nevertheless, we have some fairly detailed specifications.
The Leoncino is powered by a 500cc parallel twin engine with DOHCs that produces a claimed 48 hp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 33 foot/pounds at 4,500 rpm. Power transfers through a six-speed gear box. The steel trellis frame holds a beefy 50 mm fork and a preload-adjustable shock in back. The wheels (19″ front and 17″ rear) have knobby tires. The dual disc brakes up front are large 320 mm units squeezed by radial mount calipers.
While we like the looks of the new Leoncino and certainly think there is a market for a 500cc twin powered Scrambler, we don’t quite understand Benelli’s marketing efforts (or lack thereof). If one of our readers can find a current web site for the brand, for instance (we could only find this British web site that hasn’t been updated for a year or so), let us know in the comments section below. UPDATE: here is the company web site.
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