Benelli Introduces Leoncino Scrambler

Benelli Introduces Leoncino Scrambler

© 2020, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Benelli Motorcycles USA/SSR Motorsports:

Benelli Motorcycles USA Reveals Leoncino Scrambler

The Legend is Back: Benelli Welcomes the Contemporary Classic Back to the U.S.

Norwalk, CA – For more than a century, the Benelli brand has brought innovation to the motorcycle world, playing a key role in the evolution of the modern motorcycle. This 100-year heritage of Italian design culminates with Benelli’s revered Leoncino legacy, and Benelli Motorcycles USA is proud to welcome the legend back to America with the
2021 Benelli Leoncino.


A Benelli Leoncino. Photo courtesy Benelli Motorcycles USA/SSR Motorsports.
A Benelli Leoncino. Photo courtesy Benelli Motorcycles USA/SSR Motorsports.


Inspired by the classic café racers of Benelli’s golden years, the 2021 Leoncino (a charming Italian term for “little lion”) lives up to its namesake, exuding the proud sporting heritage of Benelli with nimble cornering ability and responsive handling. Traditional shapes and modern curves flow together in the new red bodywork, crowned by the Lion of Pesaro perched on the front fender.

Powered by a 500cc parallel twin engine with dual overhead cams and fuel injection, the
Leoncino pours on a smooth flow of power. A generous midrange and six-speed transmission make excellent use of its 48 horsepower (at 8,500 rpm), offering an incredibly fun and easy-to-ride motorcycle. Quiet and powerful 2-into-1 exhaust adds to the traditional lines of the Leoncino, while also providing a pleasing sound.

The lightweight steel lattice frame provides a stable platform for the chassis, with a center of gravity and a low seat height to match. An inverted fork with 45mm tubes in the front, and an adjustable laterally mounted single shock in the rear provide an incredibly smooth ride. Cast alloy 17-inch wheels are fitted with premium Pirelli Angel ST radial tires. Ultra-strong brakes feature four-piston calipers and dual 320mm discs on the front, and 260mm single disc brakes in the rear.


A Benelli Leoncino. Photo courtesy Benelli Motorcycles USA/SSR Motorsports.
A Benelli Leoncino. Photo courtesy Benelli Motorcycles USA/SSR Motorsports.


Minimalist bodywork represents an authentic and pure design concept, one that recalls the style and accessibility of the original machine of the 1950’s: Engine, frame, wheels and a handlebar. Contemporary technology including digital instrumentation and LED headlight and modern performance round out this playful and superbly functional package that could only come from Benelli.

List price for the 2021 Benelli Leoncino, currently available at Benelli Motorcycle dealers, is $6,199. Find more information, including specifications, at Check us out on social media at: and


In 1911, the six Benelli brothers began building motorcycle parts, including their first engine in 1919. In 1921, the first Benelli motorcycle was born. Nearly a century later, the Italian legacy continues, with a rich heritage of sport and touring Benelli motorcycles. In December 2005, Benelli became part of the Qianjiang (Q.J.) Group manufacturer, winner of the prestigious Best Motorcycle Importer award. Q.J. is located in Wenling, China, employing 14,000 people and producing over 1.2 million vehicles and 2 million engines per year, distributed worldwide. In 2015, SSR penned an agreement with Q.J. to control North American distribution, and in 2016 began to import Benelli Motorcycles in the U.S. More at


SSR Motorsports is an American motorcycle and powersports company based in Norwalk,
California, started in 2002 by the Li family. SSR Motorsports offers a diverse line of powersports products from pit bikes to full-size dirt bikes, street bikes, scooters, e-bicycles and UTVs, with a focus on providing quality products at affordable prices. SSR products are sourced in China, tested and developed in the U.S., and distributed through a vast American dealer network, backed by product warranties, excellent customer service and parts support. In 2016, SSR Motorsports became the exclusive U.S. distributor of Benelli Motorcycles, and continues to expand the line of the Qianjiang-owned Italian brand of motorcycles. More at

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