Likely to be launched in February 2018, the DSK Benelli Leoncino will rival the Harley Davidson Street 750
DSK Benelli will launch the long-awaited Benelli Leoncino neo-retro naked motorcycle in the Indian two-wheeler market in February 2018. If media reports are to be believed, the motorcycle is currently undergoing through endurance testing for ARAI certification. This process is likely to be completed by January 2018. The motorcycle has already been spotted testing on Indian roads. The company will launch the road-biased version of the motorcycle. It will be brought to India as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit, and will be locally assembled. This motorcycle will challenge the Harley Davidson Street 750, and it will be priced lower than the later.
DSK Benelli won’t launch the off-road version of the Benelli Leoncino in the country. Though, the off-road model could be launched on later stage. Powering the bike will be a 499.6cc parallel-twin engine that is good for 49.6bhp and 45Nm of torque. This engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox, which sends the power to the rear wheel. Built on a tubular steel-trellis frame, the neo-retro styled motorcycle rides on 17-inch alloys. Also Read – Benelli Imperiale 400 India Price, Specifications & Launch Details
– Tubular steel-trellis frame
– 17-inch alloy wheels
– USD front forks
– ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
– LED Daytime running lamp
– LED indicators
– Monoshock rear suspension
– Retro styling
It was scheduled to be launched in mid-2017; that didn’t happen. The motorcycle is currently going through endurance testing for ARAI certifications, which is likely to be completed by January 2018. It is expected that the Italian automaker will launch the Benelli Leoncino motorcycle in India in February 2018. A possible launch at the Auto Expo 2018 can’t be ignored. Also See – Benelli TNT 300 ABS Variant Priced at 4.16 Lakh
The motorcycle will be brought in as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit, and will be locally assembled at the company’s production plant in Pune, Maharashtra. To be positioned against Harley Davidson 750, the new road-biased scrambler is likely to be priced around Rs 4.5 lakh.
The neo-styled motorcycle is built on a trellis frame and the frame is completely blacked-out that adds to its sporty character. This bike is an intelligent combination of an old-school design and modern technology. Upfront is a simple looking round headlamp unit that houses LED daytime running light along with a projector unit for low-beam, while the high-beam duties will be carried out by a halogen lamp. Headlight cover also comes with an integrated turn indicators, which are also LED unit.
The front also gets fat 50mm upside down forks with 145mm travel. The motorcycle is claimed to offer upright seating posture, thanks raised handlebar, contoured seats and comfortable footrest position. It comes with knobby tyres that seems like dual purpose unit to tackle city roads as well as rough terrains. The motorcycle rides on 17-inch wheels shod with 120/70 Pirelli Angel ST and 160/60 Pirelli Angel ST tyres at the front and rear, respectively. It comes with equipped with ABS as standard, while braking duties will be carried out by a 320mm twin-disc with 4-piston calipers at the front and 260mm disc at the rear.
Dimensions – The motorcycle measures 2,100mm in length, 1,160mm in width and 1,160mm in height, and has a seat height of 785mm. The Benelli Leoncino has a ground clearance of 145mm, which is decent for city roads. It comes with a fuel tank of 13.5-litres.
The Leonicno is propelled by a 499.6cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine with fuel injection. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 49.6bhp at 8,500rpm along with a peak torque of 45Nm at 5,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox and it features a wet clutch.
For suspension mechanism, the bike gets 50mm USD front forks and monoshock with 112mm travel at the rear. Braking mechanism of the bike comprises of 320mm twin disc at the front and 260mm disc at the rear. It will be further assisted by ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System).
It will be a high-capacity motorcycle and is expected to return mileage slightly on lower side. We expect this bike could deliver around 15-20kmpl in city and 20-25kmpl on the highways.
Being a global product, the Leoncino is powered by a high capacity engine. This motorcycle will be a crucial product for the Italian automaker to strengthen its position in the middle-weight segment. The new middle-weight motorcycle will rival the Harley Davidson 750.