Triumph, Ducati, BMW, Moto Guzzi and now Benelli - the number of manufacturers making a 'scrambler' just keeps on increasing. The legendary Italian company, which is now Chinese-owned, have created a near clone of the Ducati Scrambler with the new Leoncino, which is powered by a Euro4 compliant 500cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected DOHC parallel-twin that produces 48bhp and 45Nm of torque. The chassis is a steel tube trellis-type unit, while suspension duties are handled by a 50mm USD fork at front and preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear.
Other notable bits on the Benelli Leoncino include its 15-litre fuel tank, 6-speed transmission, twin 320mm brake discs at front with radial-mount 4-piston calipers (!!), LED headlamp and 170kg unladen weight. The bike rides on 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels, shod with 110/80 and 150/70 knobby tyres.
The Leoncino looks pretty alright to us, even though the styling is a straightforward Ducati rip-off. Still, if you've always wanted a cheap and cheerful scrambler for Sunday morning rides, this might be it. Will be interesting to see how much