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.
|Type||2-cylinder, liquid cooled||V-twin, air-oil cooled||Parallel twin, air-oil cooled|
|Valvetrain||8 valves||4 valves||4 valves|
|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
|Gas charged shocks||Twin coil-over shocks|
|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|