Benelli launches Leoncino 800 and 800 Trail

BENELLI have revealed the Leoncino 800 and its 800 Trail sibling, with the new models set to spearhead the brand’s focus on the full power bike segment. Featuring a mix of authentic classic and modern styles, they’re set for showrooms in the first half of 2022.

The beating heart of the range is a 754cc, liquid cooled, four stroke, twin-cylinder engine which is dependable and reactive, as well as being Euro5 approved. It delivers 56kW of power and 67Nm of torque.

A double overhead camshaft, with four valves per cylinder, as well as a double throttle body of 43mm diameter, wet anti-slip clutch and 6-speed gearbox, complete the picture for a safe and state-of-the-art engine and transmission assembly.

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The frame for both bikes is brand new too, with a tubular trellis with steel plates, which matches perfectly with the design. It also ensures easy and nimble handling on road and off, regardless of the rider’s skills.

2022 Benelli Leoncino 800
2022 Benelli Leoncino 800

The suspension on the road version includes a front upside-down Marzocchi fork with 50mm diameter legs, adjustable in rebound, compression and preload, for comfort, stability and effectiveness throughout the entire 140mm travel range.

On the back, there is a swinging arm with central adjustable mono-shock, spring preload and rebound damping. In contrast, the Leoncino 800 Trail features Marzocchi up-side down front fork with 50mm diameter legs, with adjustable rebound, compression and pre-load.

It has longer travel, at 148mm. The same upgrade has been implemented on the rear, with a single, central swing-arm with adjustable spring pre-load and rebound damping, whose travel was also increased (140mm).

The Leoncino 800 Trail seat is raised to 834mm from 805 mm in the road model. The Brembo braking system is exceptionally safe too, thanks to the double 320mm diameter semi-floating disc on the front, with a 4-piston radial-mount mono-block calliper.

2022 Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail
2022 Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail

A 260mm diameter disc on the back with a double-piston calliper features on both models. In the case of the Leoncino 800, it rides on 17-inch aluminium alloy tubeless spoked rims mounted with 120/70 and 180/55 tyres.

The tank has a remarkable 15-litre capacity and brings out the muscular nature of this bike. Alternatively, the Leoncino 800 Trail will utilise knobby tires, with 120/70 19-inch rubber on the front and 170/60 17-inch on the rear.

There’s no word yet on pricing for the Australian market, but further information can be had by contacting your local Benelli dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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