Benelli Leoncino 500 vs HD Street750 vs RE Interceptor 650 spec comparison

Benelli launched its new Leoncino 500 last night. The motorcycle is a scrambler and given the fact that it is made in India, is decently affordable too. However, the Benelli has its work cut out. While there is no direct competition, the Leoncino 500 by virtue of its price will compete with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 as well as the Harley-Davidson Street 750. We loved the Interceptor and you have seen that in our video review. It is one unbelievably smooth motorcycle, has decent kit and is definitely value for money. Given that its a RE product, the spare parts are expected to be in the affordable spectrum too.

The Street 750 posted very good sales numbers when it was launched a few years ago. People warmed up to the idea of an affordable Harley but then quickly the interest waned off. In came the Street Rod and things started looking up. However, the cramped dimensions meant that the puppy love affection was gone. Now, if you ask us how the Benelli is, its too early to say. The service aspect is one place where Benelli still needs to buck up. The lack of co-ordination between the dealer and supplier is annoying too. All these issues aside, the Leoncino should have decent performance on tap. Don’t believe us? Check the specs below and choose your pick.

Leoncino 500
Street 750
Royal Enfield
Interceptor 650
Engine Specification
Type 2-cylinder, liquid cooled V-twin, air-oil cooled Parallel twin, air-oil cooled
Engine capacity 500cc 749cc 648cc
Valvetrain 8 valves 4 valves 4 valves
Compression ratio NA 11.0:1 9.5:1
Max Power [email protected],500rpm NA [email protected],250rpm
Max torque [email protected],000rpm 59Nm [email protected],250rpm
Power/Weight NA NA 232.67PS/tonne
LxWxH (mm) 2,160x875x1,160 2,215xNAx720 2,122x789x1,165
Wheelbase (mm) 1,460 1,520 1,400
Fuel tank capacity(litres) 13.5 13.1 13.7
Kerb weight (kg) NA 223 202
Front 50mm Inverted telescopic fork Telescopic forks 41mm front fork
Rear Lateral hydraulic shock absorber
spring preload and
rebound adjustment
Gas charged shocks Twin coil-over shocks
Front Disc Disc Disc
Rear Disc Disc Disc
Front 120/70 -17 100/80 R17 100/90-18
Rear 160/60 -17 150/70 R15 130/70-18
Price (ex-mumbai) 4.79 lakh 5.33 lakh 2.49 lakh

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