The new Benelli Leoncino 2020 is coming in 800.
Faithful to the philosophy and concept of "Timeless Desire", which has characterized the Leoncino range from the beginning, here is the new Benelli Little lion 800.
A real evolution for the modern-classic of the House of Pesaro, which Benelli presents at EICMA 2019: a two-wheeler with an essential and authentic style, a balanced mix of classic and modern styles, which marry perfectly with the most advanced 754cc engine in the range. Little lion 800 it shows its muscles compared to its smaller sisters, presenting itself with much harder and more sculpted shapes, capable of enhancing power and dynamism, with a compact yet slender silhouette and with extremely balanced proportions. In the pure elegance of the lines and in the modernity of its style, Little lion 800 expresses all its essence and uniqueness, while maintaining the iconic elements of the Leoncino range. In fact, even in the 800cc version we find the stylistic element of the bow, which characterizes the whole range and which is faithfully reproduced both in the headlight and in the tank. Elements and details that at the same time are also the most advanced compared to the 250cc and 500cc versions, but which connote a clear sense of belonging to the typical Leoncino style, while maintaining its own family feeling.
The beating heart of Leoncino 800 is the twin cylinder 754cc liquid-cooled four-stroke, smooth, steady and responsive, to respond well in acceleration, presenting a power of 81,6 hp (60 kW) at 9000 rpm and torque of 67 Nm (6,8 kgm) at 6500 rpm Double overhead camshaft distribution, 4 valves per cylinder, 43 mm diameter double throttle body, clutch with torque assist and anti-skip function in oil bath and 6-speed gearbox complete the picture of an engine-transmission unit safe and modern.
Il frame is a completely new tubular trellis with steel plates, able to integrate perfectly with the design and to ensure maximum agility and handling on the road for any type of rider, without ever giving up the maximum driving fun. Attention to detail and authentic materials distinguish Little lion 800: the tank, with its angular and modern lines, is made of sheet steel and houses the Benelli logo, as per tradition. The Leoncino logo under the saddle is instead an aluminum side panel with modern lines, which develops seamlessly towards the tank, creating a simple but unique and sophisticated element of style. The projector, which incorporates the most modern lines of the Leoncino 250, is entirely led and has an original and refined design, underlined by the arched design and the Benelli Leoncino logo positioned in the center. State-of-the-art instrumentation, in TFT, for a dashboard with a modern and authentic design. The saddle, able to guarantee maximum comfort for rider and passenger, also integrates perfectly with the lines of the motorcycle, as well as the design of the exhaust, with balanced and modern proportions. A special mention to the Lion which, as in the historic bike and as in the rest of the range, proudly stands out on the front fender. Little lion 800 it also features a standard central stand.
Il suspension department the front is entrusted to a pair of Marzocchi up-side down forks with 50 mm diameter stanchions, adjustable in rebound, compression and spring preload, guaranteeing comfort, stability and effectiveness along the entire 130 mm travel of the suspension front. Behind we find a swingarm with central mono adjustable in spring preload and hydraulic brake in extension. Brembo braking system, maximum guarantee safety, with a double 320 mm diameter semi-floating front disc and four-piston radial monobloc caliper, and a 260 mm diameter rear disc with dual-piston caliper. The 17 ”spoked, tubless, aluminum alloy rims are fitted with 120 / 70-17 and 180 / 55-17 tires. The tank has a good 15 liters of capacity, underlining the muscularity of the bike.
Lion cub 800 e Leoncino 800 Trail they will be available from the second half of next year.
Good road to all and remember that "Roads are made for travel, not for destinations" (Confucius).