Benelli Leoncino 500 vs Honda CB500F: Spec Comparison
How does the Italian scrambler stack up against the Japanese streetfighter?
The 500cc motorcycle segment hasn’t witnessed much action, but it seems like that will change in 2021. Benelli is back on the field with the BS6 Leoncino 500 and we expect a few new launches from Honda as well in the coming months. One of them could be the Honda CB500F.
Considering Honda has already launched the Euro-5 compliant CB500F in Europe, it’s India launch shouldn’t be a far-fetched plan if the pricing is appropriate. We’ve also got exclusive details on the new 2021 Honda CB500X, which is set to debut soon in India. So Honda has good reason to launch the Honda CB500F here. While that is some months away, for now, let’s focus on how the upcoming Honda 500cc bike compares against the Benelli Leoncino 500 on paper.
In terms of power, both the bikes generate an equal amount at a similar rpm, more or less. However, the Benelli has the advantage with respect to torque. But, the BS4 Leoncino was quite hefty at 207kg (Benelli hasn’t shared the weight of the BS6 variant) so this is where Team Honda could have the edge. At 190kg, the Honda CB500F is considerably lighter and that, in theory, should make it quicker.
Both the nakeds opt for a different chassis which should result in different handling dynamics. Even the suspension hardware is different with the Benelli getting a chunky 50mm USD fork, while the Honda is conservative with a 41mm dia traditional telescopic fork. Both bikes get a similar rear suspension and a preload-adjustable monoshock unit.
Tyre sizes are similar too, but Benelli has equipped the Leoncino 500 with a dual disc brake setup and a rear brake with a bigger dia. Both bikes feature dual-channel ABS.
Dimensions and Features
The Leoncino 500’s longer wheelbase means manoeuvrability in bumper-to-bumper traffic might be cumbersome, but it should benefit from better stability at higher speeds. The Honda CB500F’s shorter wheelbase, on the other hand, should give it better handling dynamics than the Leoncino 500.
With a 4.4-litre larger fuel tank than the Leoncino 500, the Honda CB500F has the advantage with respect to range that should help while touring. The Honda’s low ground clearance, though, could pose a challenge on Indian roads.
Shorter riders, however, will find the CB500F more comfortable owing to its lower saddle height.
While Honda is yet to bring the CB500F to India, we expect it to be priced around Rs 5 lakh to Rs 5.50 lakh. As you can see, Benelli is more affordable but Honda has a better brand value and is also known for its reliability and lower ownership cost. In terms of performance, the bikes are pretty close so we will be able to make a definitive choice only after a comparison test. Make sure to follow BikeDekho for all the latest updates from the world of two-wheels.