We review the 2021 Benelli Leoncino, the historic Italian brand’s latest middleweight roadster aimed at entry-level and intermediate riders with its affordable price of $6,199. If that isn’t enough, the attractive Italian styling and high-quality paint finishes may pique your interest.
Powering the Benelli Leoncino is a fun 500cc parallel-twin engine equipped with a smooth 6-speed gearbox, offering an approachable level of performance that is accommodating for new and veteran riders alike. Thanks to its tractable power delivery, riders can zip around the streets, canyons or freeways with total confidence.
The stout and stable chassis of the Leoncino is another confidence boosting aspect that new riders will surely appreciate. Equipped with a 50mm USD fork featuring rebound damping adjustment and a shock with a remote preload adjuster and rebound damping, the Leoncino’s chassis is taut, making it poised in the canyons and trades some agility for pure stability.
New riders and those with shorter inseams will appreciate the Leoncino’s low 30.9-inch seat height, which will allow anyone sat behind its wide handlebar to plant their boots firmly on the deck.
Braking duties are handled by Benelli-branded 4-piston calipers and sizable 320mm rotors that have plenty of stopping power. In the rear, a 2-piston caliper and 260 rotor work well for adjusting lines or low speed maneuvers. Switchable ABS is standard.
All in all, the 2021 Benelli Leoncino is offers great value without too many downsides. Road Test Editor Nic de Sena put the “little lion” through its paces to bring us this video review!
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