Now in Malaysia are two new models for the quarter-litre class from Benelli – the 2019 Benelli Leoncino 250 and TRK 251 adventure tourer – both with with pricing at RM13,888 for the standard model while ABS brings the price up to RM14,688. Prices do not include road tax, insurance or registration and deliveries for the TRK 251 begin at the end of August.
Similar in styling to its bigger sibling the Benelli TRK 502, the TRK 251 comes with single-cylinder, 249 cc DOHC mill, mated to a six-speed gearbox with chain final drive and fed by EFI. While no torque figure was supplied, the TRK 251 produces 26.8 hp at 10,500 rpm.
The TRK 251 is designed for touring with windshield, upright seating position and 18-litre fuel tank. LED lighting is used all-round with a monochrome LCD display in the cockpit while suspension uses upside-front forks and monoshock at the rear.
Braking is done with hydraulic callipers with a four-piston unit clamping a 280 mm diameter disc in front while a single-piston calliper grabs a 240 mm disc at the back. There are three colour options for the Benelli TRK 251 – Rudy Red, Titanium Grey dan Jet Black – and primary competition in Malaysia is the Kawasaki Versys X-250 at RM23,789.
Alongside the TRK 251 is the Leoncino 250, sold alongside the middleweight Benelli Leoncino (RM29,288), which bears a passing resemblance to a retro scrambler model sold by the ‘other’ Italian brand. In common with the TRK 251, the Leoncino 250 comes with a single-cylinder, 249 cc, DOHC mill producing 26.8 hp at 10,500 rpm and 21 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm.
Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive with the Euro 4 compliant engine fuelled by EFI and 37 mm diameter throttle body.A 41 mm diameter upside-down fork holds up the front while a preload-adjustable monoshock holds up the back.
Braking is the same as the TRK 251 with a 280 mm diameter disc and four-piston hydraulic calliper in front and 240 mm disc with single-piston calliper in the rear. LED lighting is used all round and a monochrome LCD display shows all the necessary information the rider needs.
Fuel is carried in a 12-litre tank and the Leoncino 250 rolls on 17-inch wheels shod with 110/70 rubber in front and 150/60 at the back. The Benelli Leoncino 250 comes in three colour options – Pearl Brown, Italian Red dan Titanium Grey – and is slated to arrive in authorised Benelli Malaysia dealer showrooms in September.