Yes, I’m a "FRECCIA"]* - from the name of my motorbike club “Le Frecce del Borgo” (The arrows of the Village) - as well as a newbie biker and I’m honored to try out this new motorcycle, the **LEONCINO BENELLI.
I meet with the others on the road of the Viamaggio pass - in the Apennines straddling Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna - that goes from San Sepolcro, my town, to the city of Rimini.
The day is clear, cool but sunny, a perfect day for bike riding.
At first glance the motorcycle looks small and compact, cute with a nice, likeable design that includes a rather stubby tank, a straight “tail”, round headlights and the Benelli engine in plain view. As I get on the motorcycle, I think that the riding position is rather low, me being 170 cm high, but, to my surprise, this same position makes me feel safe and completely in control of the machine. When I turn the ignition switch the digital instruments are simple and essential, even if not clearly visible under the sun. As the machine comes to life I grasp the meaning of its name, LEONCINO, when I give it a little gas its purring, slightly metallic, rumble reminds me of a lion cub.