DSK Benelli Leoncino will be priced lower than the Harley-Davidson Street 750
DSK Benelli will start the Leoncino, its motorcycle that is naked, in India from February 2018. The DSK Benelli Leoncino, sooner slated to get a 2017 launching, is undergoing endurance testing for ARAI certification, which is completed by January 2018.
The Leoncino in guise was spied on evaluation in the country and this is the only version which will go on sale in India. To be brought in as a CKD unit, the Leoncino will be locally assembled and will be priced lower than the Harley-Davidson Street 750, which includes a price tag of Rs 5.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Sources from DSK Benelli have confirmed that the Leoncino’s off-road-worthy version isn’t being considered at present, and its arrival will solely depend on demand.
This engine is paired with some transmission and features a wet clutch. Average of Benellis, the Leoncino sports cycle components. The motor is housed within a tubular steel-trellis frame and the bike sits at either end on brakes. Pirelli Angel ST tyres will be standard (120/70 R17 up front, 160/60 R17 in the trunk). While the back gets a monoshock with 112mm of wheel 18, the fork is a 50mm USD unit. ABS is standard and it will get a 320 mm twin-disc installation with 4-piston calipers at the front, using a 260mm disc (using a single-piston caliper) in the rear.
DSK Benelli Leoncino has 145mm and its seat height of ground clearance will ensure it is available and practical as well as its 207kg kerb weight should not be a hindrance given its dynamics that is spirited that is anticipated. The 13.5-litre fuel tank may prove to be somewhat small for highway runs but that will surely be compensated due to the between riding package the Leoncino promises to be.
Following the Introduction of the Leoncino, DSK Benelli will start the TRK 502. The TRK 502 will be assembled locally and will also be brought in as a CKD, and the road-biased version will go on sale in India. DSK Benelli will, therefore, stick with the read-only version and predicts a minimal approval for motorcycles in this bracket. The TRK 502 is powered by the same 499.6cc engine as the Leoncino but features longer-travel suspension. About the 502, the chair is positioned at 800mm off the ground and it weighs 213kg (dry). The weight might prove challenging to get a few riders, although the tall windscreen alongside an upright riding stance should make it a fantastic bike.
The CKD/local assembly route will be followed by the Imperiale and is scheduled to start its ARAI certification process. DSK Benelli is anticipating the 373.5cc, air-cooled, Imperiale 400 to function as the best-selling model and will consider local production for it supplied it meets sales expectations. Contrary to the bike the production Imperiale is likely to feature a configuration for India. Its 19.4hp output and 200kg dry weight put it at a slight disadvantage against the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and DSK Benelli will address this to a degree before its Indian launch. At the moment, the final configuration of its output figures, attributes list and accessory range (expect a fly screen along with a sissy bar using a back-rest) is undecided and DSK Benelli should provide it with an introductory price of below Rs 2 lakh. This price tag will probably be further slashed to make it nearer to the Royal Enfield Classic 350 (Rs 1.35 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi) when the demand-driven local production commences.