2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail | First Look Review

2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail

Benelli Motorcycles USA has announced an addition to its Leoncino family of scrambler motorcycles, with the 2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail. Translated directly as “little lion,” the street-focused Leoncino and off-road capable Leoncino Trail comprise Benelli’s two-bike middleweight scrambler lineup. The Leoncino Trail is equipped with wire-spoke wheels, more aggressive rubber, increased suspension travel and a taller handlebar to facilitate off-road riding.

2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail

Powering the Leoncino Trail is a 500cc DOHC parallel-twin engine, producing a claimed 48 horsepower at 8,500 rpm. The little lion’s beating heart is said to offer tractable power delivery, as well as plenty of midrange grunt, that should prove useful when commuting or venturing off the beaten path.

2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail

The Leoncino Trail shares its engine, frame and swingarm with the standard Leoncino. However, to improve its footing off-road, the Trail utilizes 19- and 17-inch wire-spoke wheels, equipped with 90/10 Metzeler Tourance tires. The suspension travel has also increased for the Trail’s rebound adjustable 50mm USD fork and laterally mounted single shock, featuring preload and rebound adjustment. Taken together, the wheel and suspension changes have added ground clearance to suit the Trail’s needs. The last mechanical changes are in the form of dual 320mm wave-style rotors. However, the Benelli branded four-piston calipers return.

2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail

A taller handlebar is new to the Trail, making this scrambler’s cockpit even more spacious and encouraging a comfortable, upright riding position. A stitched gripper seat supplements comfort as well. The basic LCD instrument panel incorporates vintage design cues while remaining true to the Leoncino’s overall aesthetics.

2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail

Benelli has blended contemporary and retro design elements in the minimalistic Leoncino line but wisely included modern niceties such as LED lighting.

The 2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail joins a growing list of scramblers ready to scoot around the city and head for a romp in the hills. The Italian designed, and Chinese manufactured Leoncino Trail hopes to edge out the competition with its affordable $6,499 MSRP. For more information, visit Benelli Motorcycles USA.

2021 Benelli Leoncino Trail

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    • I own a 2020 302s and have been favorably impressed so far in its features and overall quality. Yes, given world events, I wish it were still purely Italian, but if I didn’t purchase anything made in China my home would be quite devoid of a lot of things…

  1. Ha ha ha. Try finding any motorbike that doesn’t have parts made in China. They are the main manufacturers of the World now. Quality is right up there. HD parts been made there for many many years. It’s 2022 not 1992.


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