BENELLI Leoncino 800 Test Ride Review
BENELLI launched the Leoncino 800 road version not long ago. This 1,000km test ride shows you the exact riding experience of this big motorcycle.
Appearance & positioning
As a domestic large displacement retro bike, it has the classic retro styling, which shows its main positioning as a recreational motorcycle.
It uses the steel tube frame with suspending engine. The split-type frame improves the sports performance of the motorcycle.
Leoncino 800 has a compact body. The space between water cooler, engine, suspension and frame is maximally used, and there is hardly any extra hollow space when observed from the side. The outline of the motorcycle continues the family face of Leoncino series.
Leoncino 800 on the road
- Adequate power for commuting
With a power output of 56kW/8,500rpm, Leoncino 800 can reach 100km/h in the second gear on urban roads. The 67N·m/6,500rpm torque facilitate riding stunts.
Seeing from the engine performance, Leoncino 800 is not only for short trip riding purpose, it will provide more fun for a ride to a scenic spot 50 kilometers away.
- Know it before control it freely
At the beginning, the output of 754.2cc parallel two-cylinder engine is indeed a little violent. The engine is likely to stall when there is any improper clutch operation. The coupling of the clutch plate is good, and the clutch stroke is short, which means the match of the throttle with the clutch need to be accurate.
In this long-distance test ride, Leoncino 800 had a slight increase in clutch stroke after running in for over 1,000 kilometers. And when the rider got familiar with the performance of this motorcycle, the ride became much easier.
Whether for a novice or experienced rider, it takes some time to freely control Leoncino 800 due to its quick temper.
- Reliable quality
1,000km is not too far for a test, but enough to test Leoncino 800’s stability. All nine Leoncino 800 did not show any fault during this test ride.
- Comfort of shock absorbers
Leoncino 800 adopts front Marzocchi inverted hydraulic spring shock absorber, which provides good support and comfort on unsealed roads. However, the rear shock absorber is harder, leading to bounces on unsealed road surfaces.
Luxury shock configuration is not equal to 100% comfort, and it is more important to adjust the rear shock absorber according to riding habits and rider’s weight.
- Braking system
Leoncino 800 has front 320mm floating double discs + Brembo radial four-piston calipers, and rear 240mm single disc + Brembo brakes. However, the braking force felt deficient at the beginning. Through frequent tests and analysis, it was concluded that it was probably due to the relatively high handlebar position. It is suggested to move the front brake handle down, which will be more conducive to releasing the throttle for braking.
- Turning performance
The front steering angle of Leoncino 800 is not large thanks to the variable diameter handlebar. The motorcycle’s flexibility is also greatly improved. It can easily turn within limited space.
- Seat height
The 800mm seat height, thanks to the excellent narrow cushion design, allows a 172cm-tall rider to easily operate.
As the largest model BENELLI sells in China, Leoncino 800’s overall workmanship and performance are commendable.
Pros: 1. the largest retro model in China, split-type steel frame, excellent power output, flexible handling; 2. Recognizable features of Leoncino family
Cons: 1. The rider needs to adapt to it due to the rapid engine output at low gears; 2. There is no handrail, and the pillion is too small for a passenger. (Source: WeChat: I-MOTOR)