To expand the two wheeler line up in India, DSK has put many bikes in the queue to launch and Benelli Leoncino is one of them. The 500cc segment scrambler is one of the most awaited on/off roader and DSK will be bringing the Leoncino on Indian soil anytime around this year’s festive season, the official confirmation came from Mr Sirish Kulkarni, Chairman of DSK Motowheels.
Earlier showcased at EICMA motor show 2016 in Milan, Italy, it had many hearts throbbing. The bike is a great combination of raw power and rigidity with a 499cc fuel injected parallel mid-weight twin cylinder engine that churns 47.6 brake horses and 45 Nm of peak torque and a six-speed transmission box, the similar unit runs the TRK 502. The bike is constructed on strong yet lightweight steel trellis frame in a classic retro style which is somewhat cooler and a different take from the modern off-roaders.
The masculine bike only looks retro but is equipped with up to date technology and features. Starting from the face, the front wheel is all spokes 17-inch wrapped in bigger trade blocks rubber providing superior grip on sandy or muddy tracks, dual 320mm frontal discs that uses 4 piston brake calipers, 45mm USD fork suspension. The headlight is an amalgamation of antique with advanced tech as it is fitted with inverted ‘U’ Day Time Running LED lights backed by projector headlamps and LED trafficators. Up front rests a fully digital instrument cluster relaying important information such as RPM, Speed, fuel, gear, trip etc.
The rear end sports identical but wider wheels and 260mm disc brake, dual tone single exhaust pipe, a really comfortable padded seat and LED tail lamps and indicators. All the detailing has been done in black, the front mudguard and fuel tank gets metallic red paint job while the rest of the bike is painted matte black. The front wheel fender also sports the Lion of Pesaro, small lion looking ornament. Leoncino is expected to be priced under 5 lakhs upon its launch, the bike will go heads on against the likes of Ducati, Royal Enfield, and BMW. If priced right, the scrambler may collect some decent bucks for the company.
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