Benelli returns to a more timeless aesthetic with their new Leoncino scrambler concept designed by Italian designer Stefano Casanova. The bike is very close to being production ready and should be available next summer. We drove the Benelli BN-302 this summer and were super impressed how nice and torquey and fast the 2 cylinder, 4 valve double overhead camshaft motor was. The new 500 has a similar but bigger motor and is also much lighter so should be wicked to ride!
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. We don’t know the exact price, but my understanding is it will be considerably cheaper than similar offerings from other manufacturers.
Interview with Stefano here: