In a press release, Benelli says a more capable Leoncino will be available in the U.S. in 2021. According to Benelli, the new Leoncino Trail is more off-road capable than the Leoncino classic Scrambler.
Benelli says that the Leoncino Trail:
“…takes the do-it-all persona of Benelli’s “little lion” and expands its capability even further, with spoked wheels, aggressive tire tread, longer suspension travel, and a style all its own. Like the adventurous spirit of the Benelli brothers a century ago, and the proud sporting heritage of Benelli Motorcycles throughout the golden age of motorcycling, the Leoncino Trail will forge ahead even when the road gets rough.
The Leoncino Trail gets its power from a 500cc parallel-twin engine with dual overhead cams and fuel injection. Benelli says that it provides generous midrange. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission that is claimed to make excellent use of its claimed 48 horsepower @ 8,500 RPM.
The Leoncino Trail differs from its Leoncino Scrambler sibling in several ways. First, the Trail uses aluminum alloy spoke wheels, and what Benelli says are more aggressive Metzler Tourance tires. The wheel sizes change as well, with a 19-inch wheel up front using a 110/80-19 tire. At the rear, the wheel size is 17 inches with a 150/70-17 tire.
The suspension sports several upgrades versus the Leoncino Scrambler. The Leoncino Trail comes with an adjustable upside-down fork utilizing 50mm fork tubes and a laterally mounted single shock in the rear. Benelli says that the Trail’s adjustability and increased travel give it the versatility to take on rougher roads. In addition, the Trail has an unstated amount of additional ground clearance.
Braking at the front is courtesy of unnamed four-piston calipers and dual 320mm wave-style rotors. At the rear, you’ll find a single 260mm disc to help bring things to a stop.
The 2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail is currently available at Benelli motorcycle dealers and is priced at $6,499. However, a quick look at U.S importer SSR Motorsport’s website does not yet show the Leoncino Trail or its specs. Hopefully, the website will receive updates with more information shortly. In the interim, you can go over to Benelli’s UK website and find some additional specs there. However, it’s not clear whether European bikes will be identical to those imported to the U.S.
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