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Benelli Leoncino 500 BS4

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Key specs
  • Displacement500 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 4,80,791

Benelli Leoncino 500 BS4 is now discontinued in India.

Discontinued
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Benelli Leoncino 500 BS4 Summary

Leoncino 500 BS4 key highlights

Engine Capacity 500 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.7 litres
Max Power 46.8 bhp

About Leoncino 500 BS4

The Leoncino is Benelli’s scrambler-styled offering in the country. Inspired by motorcycles from the 70s, it gets a round headlamp with LED DRLs and a round LCD instrument cluster that adds to its retro appeal. Furthermore, the Leoncino gets a curvy, 12.7-litre fuel tank that integrates into the upswept tail section which houses an LED tail lamp and LED turn indicators. The Leoncino 500 comes equipped with a tyre hugger that features the number plate holder.

The motorcycle is built around a steel trellis frame that houses a 499cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine. This engine produces 47bhp of power at 8500rpm and 45Nm of torque at 4500rpm and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. The Leoncino 500 rides on 17-inch wheels that are wrapped in tyres sourced from Pirelli. Suspension duties on the motorcycle are done by 50mm inverted forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Meanwhile, braking hardware consists of twin 320mm discs upfront and a single 260mm disc at the rear along with an ABS comprise of the motorcycle’s braking hardware.

Benelli is offering the Leoncino 500 in two colour options of 'Leoncino red' and 'Steel Grey'. It does not have a direct competitor in the market but in terms of pricing, the Leoncino 500 has the Kawasaki Z650 as a rival.
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Benelli Leoncino 500 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 500 is Benelli’s middle-weight scrambler offering targeted at buyers who are looking for a premium motorcycle under the five lakh bracket. The bike feature a contemporary neo-retro styling coupled with a sweet revving parallel-twin motor.

Benelli Leoncino 500 BS4 Review

It doesn’t have large body panels nor does it have any brand recognition as of now. But, it has a few traits that make it a very interesting motorcycle.

Introduction

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Pros: Great styling, has an amazing exhaust sound, easy to live with

Cons: Stiff ride, overall quality should have been better

This is the new Leoncino 500 - Benelli’s newest addition to its 500cc range of motorcycles. Now, Benelli in India is known for motorcycles that offer great road presence, decent pricing and an exhaust sound that turns heads even in a crowded city like Mumbai. But this bike, which Benelli likes to call a Scrambler, is slightly different from what we have seen so far. It doesn’t have large body panels nor does it have any brand recognition as of now. But, it has a few traits that make it a very interesting motorcycle. 

Quality

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The Leoncino belongs to a segment where a lot of focus goes on the visual experience. The styling has to be great. And the overall quality, too, needs to be perfect. While Benelli got the styling spot on, it should have spent a few more dollars and time to get the quality right. I mean, the quality is great for a motorcycle that’s priced around Rs 2 lakhs. But the Leoncino commands almost Rs 5 lakhs, and so it’s only fair to have such high expectations.

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The switchgear reeks of mediocrity. The plastics around the cluster and the headlamp unit feel a bit cheap. The routing of wire also could have been done in a much better way. However, the paint finish is outstanding. Our bike had a matte finish and it felt premium in every possible way. 

Comfort

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The Leoncino has a seat height of 785mm and that’s a sweet number for an Indian buyer. With an accessible seat height like that, the Leoncino becomes a favourable proposition for a large number of Indian buyers. Even the seating position is comfortable for riders of all sizes. The wide handlebar, decently placed footpegs and low seat height feel natural. For a pillion, there’s a decent amount of space for short hauls. 

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In terms of the ride setup, the Leoncino benefits from adjustable suspension at the front and the rear. But the stock setup is too stiff for our liking. My back took a lot of beating especially when the motorcycle was ridden on bad roads at low speeds. The rear monoshock can be adjusted for preload and rebound using a knob. But weirdly, even the softest setting wasn’t to my liking. I had to be careful every time I saw a pothole. 

Performance

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The 500cc parallel-twin motor on the Leoncino has been borrowed from the TRK 502s. The power figures are the same – 47bhp and 46Nm of peak torque. This motor is refined and builds up power quite linearly. It can do triple-digit speeds all day long, but the lack of wind protection brings in a lot of limitation, especially on the highways. 

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The Leoncino performs quite well within the city limits. The comfortable riding position, along with a motor that has lots of mid-range torque makes life a bit easier in a crowded city like Mumbai. The gear shifts are smooth as well. But the clutch feels a bit heavy. The motorcycle is well balanced due to which it’s easy to navigate through tight city traffic. The wide handlebar gives a lot of leverage. 

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Coming to the brakes, the Leoncino is equipped with dual-discs at the front and a single one at the rear. This system performs really well and sheds speeds without much fuss. The power and bite are great. But we wish it could develop some good feedback on the levers. The dual-channel ABS can be switched off, but we don’t ever recommend that action. 

Technology

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The Leoncino 500 is a modern bike in every way. It gets liquid-cooling, fuel-injection and has a dual-channel ABS that can be switched off. It has LED lighting throughout, but the best system can be seen on the DRL and the taillight. 

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The instrument cluster gets a basic design but gives out all the necessary information. Other than the regular ride data, it shows clock, engine and ambient temperatures. The suspension is adjustable. However, it misses out on USB charging facility which has become a norm in most of the two-wheelers in India. 

Fuel Efficiency

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The Leoncino returned 26.8kmpl and that’s not a bad figure at all. With a fuel tank capacity of 12.7 litres, the bike can be ridden for approximately 340kms before stopping for a refill. 

Fitness of Purpose

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Scramblers need to possess two strong traits – it needs to have a design that can turn heads and should also have the ability to take the rider wherever he wants. The Leoncino ticks the first box quite well, however, for the second aspect, it does just an average job. 

Our Take

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The Leoncino is priced at Rs 4.79 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai) and for that price, you get more than just a motorcycle. You get a machine that sounds good and makes you look cool wherever you go. I honestly enjoyed this motorcycle. In fact, I think it’s the best Benelli I have ever ridden. It has great ergos, a friendly motor and it’s so easy to live with. 

So if you are in the market for a multi-cylinder motorcycle and want to stand out in the crowd and live with it comfortably, then you should definitely check out the Leoncino 500.

Photography by Kapil Angane and Kaustubh Gandhi 

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 46.8 bhp @ 8,500 rpm

    Max Torque 46 Nm @ 6,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 500 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 69 mm

    Stroke 66.8 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition 11.5:1

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12.7 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 320 mm

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 - ZR17 – M/C 58W

    Rear Tyre Size 160/60 - ZR17 – M/C 69H

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 260 mm

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

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Upside-down forks Ø 50mm with rebound adjust

    Rear Suspension Lateral hydraulic shock absorber with spring preload and rebound adjustment

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight --

    Overall Length 2,160 mm

    Overall Width 875 mm

    Wheelbase 1,460 mm

    Ground Clearance 160 mm

    Seat Height --

    Overall Height 1,148 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 1

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System--

Battery--

Headlight TypeHalogen Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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