Leoncino is a very dear name to the Benelli brand: in 1951 it was associated with a 125 sports motorcycle with which the Pesaro-based manufacturer won two Milan-Taranto and the first Motogiro in 1953, this time with Tartarini riding it, who later became a real ambassador for Benelli. Thinking about it now, it was a lion cub, a Leoncino, which, however, in Benelli's second life, has become a true prince of the Savannah.
In 2015 Benelli chose that same name to introduce a twin-cylinder 500 cc bike, halfway between a naked bike and a scrambler. Three years later, during EICMA, Benelli has also brought a 250 cc version, dedicated to young customers. This bike has been sold through dealers since 2019. In that same year Benelli, thanks to the engine that had made its debut on the 752S, decided to introduce the Leoncino 800. The cub has become, if not king yet, certainly a prince.
There are two versions: the Leoncino 800 and the 800 Trail, for those who really want to put the wheels in the savannah, at least the one they have near home. What they have in common is the 754 cc, 4-stroke twin-shaft four-valve engine, capable of 81.6 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 67 Nm of torque power at 6,500 rpm. The tank, with a rounded shape and with a vintage design, recalls the chest of a lion, resting on a steel trellis frame with Marzocchi lion legs… pardon us, 50 mm upside-down fork with a single rear shock absorber. There are massive Brembo radial calipers that contribute to the image of strength and grit.
There are 17 inch rims with Pirelli MT 60RS tires for the standard Leoncino, which has also a low muffler; while the Leoncino Trail instead proudly shows off a 19 inch front rim and a beautiful exhaust system, articulated just like a lion's tail, which passes high under the side plate. This allows the muffler to be more protected while riding off road, and gain a pretty cool look.
The Leoncino 800 is super stylish, as you can see from the full LED headlight but also from the highly sought after overall design. Do you want to hear its roar? Just try it!
The Benelli TRK 502 X has introduced the Euro-5 version for 2021: the update has been an opportunity to introduce specific improvements to the technical package of the bike. It has been slightly revised in details and finishes to ensure the highest quality standard. The new TRK 502 X will be available in all dealerships from the beginning of 2021.
The engine retains a maximum power of 47.6 hp (35 kW) at 8,500 rpm and a maximum torque power of 46 Nm at 6,000 rpm. With the update, the engine has undergone some changes to the exhaust system: in detail, the so-called secondary air system has been introduced, which allows to reduce emissions during the starting phase, activating a post-reaction that allows to quickly reach the operating temperature of the catalytic converter. The catalysts, moreover, have been adapted in compliance with the new regulations, without the engine suffering any loss of performance. Finally, there has been a fine tuning of the ECU, which has been optimized to allow a smoother delivery. Some updates have also been introduced on the primary transmission ratio, which has been shortened, in order to guarantee a prompt response of the engine in every gear.
The handlebar has been updated, and is now adjustable, allowing each rider to set up the position, increasing the comfort, as well as the clutch lever, which is adjustable. The best-seller of the Pesaro-based brand also features backlit joysticks, mirrors and grips embellished with the TRK logo and some aluminum pawls have been positioned in the seat area. The seat has been updated in order to be more comfortable and to offer more space, increasing the comfort for the rider and passenger. There is also a new aluminum rear rack, which has a more modern and ergonomic new design.
The new TRK 502 X is available in white and anthracite at the same price of 5,990 euros and will be available from dealerships from early 2021. During the year, there will be a limited edition of the TRK502X in a new yellow livery.
The TRK 502 inherits the same updates as the X model. As with the aforementioned TRK 502X, the Euro 5 version will be available at all Benelli dealerships from early 2021. It will be offered in white and anthracite, at a price of 5,990€, which has remained unchanged.