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Benelli Leoncino 250 BS4

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Key specs
  • Displacement249 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight162 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 2,50,888

Benelli Leoncino 250 BS4 is now discontinued in India.

Discontinued
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Benelli Leoncino 250 BS4 Summary

Leoncino 250 BS4 key highlights

Engine Capacity 249 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 162 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.5 litres
Seat Height 810 mm
Max Power 25.4 bhp

About Leoncino 250 BS4

The Benelli Leoncino 250 draws design inspiration from its bigger sibling, the Leoncino 500 that is also available in India. The round, full-LED headlamp, tear-drop shaped fuel-tank, a single-piece seat and a short tail section give the Leoncino a distinctive look. It also gets a tyre-hugger mounted number plate holder that completes its appeal.

The bike comes powered by a 249cc, single-cylinder, DOHC engine that churns out 26.8bhp at 10,500rpm and 21Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. The motor comes mated to a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive. Braking hardware on the Leoncino 250 consists of a 280mm petal disc at the front along with a 240mm petal disc for the rear. Meanwhile, the bike rides on 17-inch wheels at both ends suspended by 41mm inverted forks at the front and a preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear. In terms of features, the Leoncino 250 gets a dual-channel ABS and a small LCD instrument cluster. Benelli is offering the Leoncino 250 in three colour options; Italian Red, Pearl Brown, and Titanium Grey.

The Leoncino 250 competes against the Bajaj Dominar 400 and the Royal Enfield Classic 500 in the country.
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Benelli Leoncino 250 BS4 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Retro-styled motorcycle with premium appeal 
    • Competitively priced in its segment 
    • Upright and comfortable riding stance
  • Could be Better

    • LED headlamp is not powerful 
    • Fuel efficiency is on the lower side

BikeWale's Take

The Leoncino 250 is Benelli’s quarter-litre scrambler offering targeted at buyers who are looking for a premium motorcycle under the three lakh bracket. The bike feature a contemporary neo-retro styling coupled with a sweet single-cylinder motor.

Benelli Leoncino 250 BS4 Review

What we have here is the Benelli Leoncino 250 or the Leoncino Duecentocinquanta as the Italians would say. It is the manufacturer’s smallest offering in the Leoncino range. We spend a couple of days with the Leoncino 250 to find out what it's all about..

Introduction

Benelli Leoncino 250 Action

Pros: Attractive styling, good quality components, nimble handling

Cons: Clunky gearbox, intrusive ABS, slightly pricey

What we have here is the Benelli Leoncino 250 or the Leoncino Duecentocinquanta as the Italians would say. It is the manufacturer’s smallest offering in the Leoncino range. Benelli calls it a scrambler, just like its bigger sibling, the Leoncino 500 which we tested a while ago. 

But going by the looks of it, this one too seems to like its roads well paved. Confused as to what the motorcycle was all about, we thought it’s best to spend a couple of days with the Leoncino 250 to find out more.   

Quality

Benelli Leoncino 250 Tank

Benelli seems to have left no stone unturned when it comes to getting the quality right on the Leoncino 250. From the first glance, everything on the motorcycle looks premium; the quality of plastic all around the bodywork is good, the switchgear feels tactile to touch and operate and the quality of paint is top-notch as well. Overall, the fit and finish is spot on and there’s nothing to complain about except the design of the handlebar grips which left the palm of my hands sore and pink after a few hours of riding. 

Benelli Leoncino 250 Front Fender

In terms of styling, the attention to detail is commendable. Elements like the Lion on the front fender and the ‘Leoncino’ branding here and there is a cherry on the cake and adds premium-ness to the package. 

Comfort

Benelli Leoncino 250 Action

The Leoncino 250 will not boast of big dimensions from afar, but once astride, it does feel like a big bike. This is courtesy to the shape of the 12.5-litre fuel tank which is large at the front and tapers as it nears the seat. Speaking of which, the seat is well-cushioned and comfortable to sit on, although for a short while. Since it has a bit of a slope and taper upfront, it won’t be long before you find yourself shifting and adjusting. 

Now, the motorcycle offers a mildly aggressive, scrambler-like riding posture that is comfortable enough for city riding. However, all of the Leoncino 250’s ergonomics seems perfect for the average-sized Indian but for someone nearing 6 feet, the bike would just be too compact. Push it off the side stand and a 162kg kerb weight of the Leoncino can be felt instantly. Interestingly, it is only a kilogram heavier than the KTM 250 Duke which feels way lighter. 

Benelli Leoncino 250 Action

On the move, the motorcycle will surprise with its ride quality. The suspension is well set up and provides decent insulation over small potholes as well as on larger bumps. Although on corners, the Leoncino’s front end tends to skip about. 

Performance

Benelli Leoncino 250 Left Front Three Quarter

The 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor comes to life with a bassy note of the exhaust. This is also where the buzzy vibrations begin to creep in; first on the handlebar and the tank followed by the seat and footpegs. While the vibrations are present all through, they are thankfully not bothersome. Now, the engine feels peppy and enthusiastic. The Leoncino 250 also feels nimble while filtering through traffic and making quick lane changes.

Benelli Leoncino 250 Action

Overtaking is a breeze too, as the engine has enough power to offer all along the rev band. While the gearing is short, the motor can pull through 15-20kmph in the 4th cog sans the drama. However, the Leoncino suffers from a clunky gearbox and false neutrals. The clutch pull is heavy, making it tiresome to ride in slow-moving traffic. Its braking hardware could also use an upgrade. The setup lacks bite and feel and needs to be coaxed hard to bring the bike to a halt; well, that is if you can fight the Leoncino’s overly intrusive ABS . 

Technology

Benelli Leoncino 250 Headlamp

In terms of technology, the Benelli Leoncino 250 comes with all the essential equipment. It gets neat-looking full-LED lighting for the headlamp, tail lamp as well as the turn signals. Then there is an LCD which provides basic information including a fuel-gauge, engine temperature and gear position indicator. 

Benelli Leoncino 250 Instrument cluster

Fuel Efficiency

Benelli Leoncino 250 Action

The Leoncino 250 returned a decent mileage of 35.4kmpl on our test route. With a fuel tank capacity of 12.5-litres, the motorcycle is expected to cover a distance of 440kms before having to stop for fuel. 

Fitness of Purpose

Benelli Leoncino 250 Right Front Three Quarter

Benelli already has the Leoncino 500, a retro-styled scrambler motorcycle at Rs 4.79 lakhs. What about the customers wanting a similar bike but with a lower budget? That is when the Leoncino 250 comes in. It offers almost everything that its elder sibling does although with half the displacement, a cylinder less and with a price tag of Rs 2.50 lakhs, it also costs nearly half of the Leoncino 500.

But when compared to its competitor; the Honda CB300R (Rs 2.41 lakhs), the Benelli seems like an expensive proposition. The CB300R offers better equipment, better technology and a more powerful engine for Rs 9,000 lesser. 

Our Take

Benelli Leoncino 250 Action

The Benelli Leoncino 250 is flickable and fun to ride in the city. It is also comfortable and has great road presence thanks to its retro-inspired styling. However, it seems like a motorcycle one would get bored with easily. It does not have many thrills to offer in terms of equipment or performance. An upgrade to its braking hardware and clutch feel would also do wonders in enhancing the Leoncino 250’s riding experience.  

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 25.4 bhp @ 9,250 rpm

    Max Torque 21 Nm @ 8,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 249 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 72 mm

    Stroke 61.2 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 11.2: 1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 2 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Switchable ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 280 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/60 - R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4Piston, Rear-Single Piston Caliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 110/70 - R17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 41mm upside-down forks

    Rear Suspension Central shock absorber with Pre-load adjustment

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 162 kg

    Overall Length 2,030 mm

    Overall Width 840 mm

    Wheelbase 1,380 mm

    Ground Clearance 170 mm

    Seat Height 810 mm

    Overall Height 1,115 mm

    Chassis Type Steel Trellis

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator --

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System--

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Benelli Leoncino 250 BS4 User Reviews

4.1 8 ratings 2 reviews
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  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

    Performance

  • 5

    Comfort

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    Service Experience

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  •  2Imported junk 10 months ago by Pavan, Tumkur

    No more a junk ...Frequently breaks out because of silly reasons..Sometimes its fuse burnout, sometimes faulty idling,service cost unnecessarily high...Performance no more than a 12bhp engine...Exhaust note not much impressive...Suspension are stony hard for a cafe race

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      < 5000 kms

  •  5The lion cub 1 year ago by Joseph Alwin Soza

    The first thing that everyone notice about the benelli leoncino is its looks. The bike has a unique look and it has kept its name of the lion cub in terms of performance and looks.It is finished in good quality materials and has a sturdy build too. The front suspension

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    03 June 2021
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