Video Review: 2018 Benelli Leoncino 500
The Leoncino is the latest LAMS bike from Benelli and has plenty to offer in this highly competitive category, especially from $8,990 on the road...
Benelli’s Leoncino has made its return in 2018, offering a 500cc learner legal option for $8,990 on the road and looks to recall Benelli’s glory days. It’s a stylish scrambler/roadster offering and it’s easy to see the attention to detail the brand’s committed.
2018 Benelli Leoncino Tech Talk
Benelli’s Leoncino features a liquid-cooled in-line two-cylinder 499.6cc powerplant, with a 37mm throttle-body and Delphi MT05 ignition providing smooth fueling and accessible power and torque via a six-speed gearbox.
Bore and stroke at 69 x 66.8mm, with a compression ratio of 11.5:1, with power output of 35kW (47.6hp) and 46Nm of torque which is available by 6000rpm, claimed dry weight is 170kg, with a 15L fuel tank.
The frame is a steel tube trellis affair, with a swingarm using the same material. The licence plate is mounted from the rear axle/swingarm, ensuring a clean tail. Suspension are 50mm inverted forks, with rebound adjustability in the fork caps, while the lateral rear shock offers preload and rebound adjustability, for a firm ride, but compliant at higher speeds. Seat height is 785mm making for a super inviting reach to the ground for almost any rider.
Bosch ABS is switchable via a toggle on the front ‘bars, with dual 320mm semi-floating rotors and four-piston radial calipers, while a 260mm rear rotor is matched to a single-piston caliper.
Wheels are aluminium alloy, with a 3.50 front and 4.50 rear, both 17in wheels.
The headlight is an LED item, with super bright indicators also featured on both ends, with large more classically styled lens designs, while the dash is a simple LCD affair that is split into two sections and has two buttons for switching between readout options.
Details include the Benelli and Leoncino badging, including the lion on the front guard, with an adjustable brake lever, external rear suspension pre-load adjuster, clutch perch cover, model branded fuel cap, and flowing bodywork.
2018 Benelli Leoncino 500 (LAMS)
Price: $8,990 On-Road (Ride-Away)
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited kilometre
Colours: Leoncino Red, Vulcan Black, Steel Grey, Terrain Brown
Claimed power: 35kW(47.6hp)@8500rpm
Claimed torque: 46Nm@6000rpm
Dry weight: 170kg
Fuel capacity: 13.5L
Engine: Liquid-cooled, in-line two-cylinder, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, 499.6cc, 69 x 66.8mm bore x stroke, 37mm throttle body, 11.5:1 compression ratio, Delphi MT05 ignition, NGK CR8E spark plugs
Chassis: Steel tube trellis frame, steel tube trellis swingarm
Suspension: 50mm USD forks, rebound adjustable, lateral rear shock, preload & rebound adjustable, 112mm travel
Brakes: Bosch ABS, dual semi-floating 320mm rotors, radial four-piston calipers, single 260mm rear rotor, single piston floating caliper
Wheels & Tyres: Aluminum alloy, 3.50 x 17in, 4.50 x 17in, 120/70 – R17, 160/60 – R17
Seat height: 785mm
Overall Length: 2139mm
Overall Height: 1120mm
Instruments: LCD display