Benelli made quite a scene at this year’s EICMA, with two rather unconventional motorcycles. The Leoncino 125 and the TRK 800 – sharing the spotlight.
The former is a unique and stylish naked both in terms of its design and performance. And the latter is a purebred adv with quite an intriguing backstory.
These two Benelli bikes share their styling with their respective model siblings. And will likely attain a similar level of visual allure.
The Leoncino 125 is the most petite big kitten in the litter.With a 125cc liquid-cooled, OHC 4-valve single powered by EFI and mated to a six-speed transmission.
Power output is estimated at 12.8 HP at 9,500 RPM and 10 Nm (or roughly 7.37 lb-ft) of torque at 8,500 RPM via a responsive, smooth powertrain.
The Leoncino 125 arrives with an extended swingarm and 35mm USD fork on the front and rear mono setup for suspension.
On the new Leoncino 125, we also see a combined braking system (CBS) and a pair of 17-inch alloy wheels. And they are supported by a single 280mm floating brake disc with a three-piston calliper upfront. And on the opposite end, we have a 220mm disc with a two-piston calliper in the rear.
Announced today also at EICMA, this is the company’s foray into a middleweight adventure bike segment. Manufacturers have been releasing several 750-class ADV machines over the last several years.But Benelli won’t be offering a detuned version of its Leoncino 800 for this machine.
Instead, the TRK 800 will be powered by the exact 754cc four-stroke twin found in the Leoncino 800. It makes a claimed 76.2 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 67Nm (about 49.4 pound-feet) of torque at 6,500 rpm.
And the 745cc gets accompanied by a six-speed gearbox and slipper clutch.
On the front, the TRK 800 gets the 50mm USD Marzocchi adjustable fork up. At the same time, the opposite end has an aluminium swingarm and rear mono-shock setup, with preload and rebound damping adjustability.
As for the braking duties are performed by Brembo dual 320mm semi-floating discs and four-piston callipers up front, and a single 260mm disc and single-piston calliper set up in the rear. And 17 inch rear and 19-inch front alloy wheel.
For the price, Benelli has kept the costs under the wrap. And with dealers theywill be available by mid-2022.
All of this looks relatively aggressive, but how does it act on the road? Benelli assured the TRK 800 is quite good. Riding over bumps with ease and exhibiting plenty of midrange grunt to handle most situations with ease.
The Leoncino 125 stood out for its excellent ergonomics and easy handling, making it the better choice for new riders in particular.