Benelli has unwrapped the MY2022 versions of its two middleweight offerings: the Leoncino 800 and Leoncino 800 Trail. While both of these motorcycles are touted to be scramblers, it is the Trail variant that gets some off-road worthy mechanical bits. Both the motorcycles have received significant updates and will go on sale in international markets shortly. Although they will be neat additions to Benelli India’s portfolio, we aren’t sure whether they will make it to our shores or not.
To improve their off-road performance, Benelli has updated the Leoncino 800’s tubular trellis frame chassis. Not only this but both of these motorcycles have also received an updated suspension setup. While both the motorcycles share the same 50mm upside-down fork up front, the overall suspension travel is slightly different. Since the Leoncino 800 Trail is being positioned as a more off-road friendly proposition out of the two, it gets 140mm travel up front while the standard Leoncino 800 gets 130mm travel.
The preload-adjustable monoshock has also been revised as it now gets 48mm and 50mm of travel in the standard and Trail models, respectively. Seat height of the Trail stands at 834mm while the standard variant gets a seat height of 805mm.
The Leoncino 800 continues with its 17-inch wheel setup at both ends, the Trail gets a 19-inch front wheel. The braking department is looked after by the same setup in both the bikes which comprises of double 320mm diameter semi-floating disc at the front and four-piston radially mounted mono-block calliper and a 260mm disc at the back. To justify its moniker, the Trail gets spoked wheels and knobby tyres.
Both the motorcycles are powered by a 754-cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that puts down 75bhp@8500 rpm and a peak torque of 67Nm@6500 rpm. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with an anti-slip clutch.