• ODDBALL PHOTOS YOU LOOK AT AND THEN NEVER FORGET
• SOMETHING DIFFERENT! THE BENELLI 500 “LITTLE LION” TRAIL BIKE…SORT OF
With neo-retro styling and an approachable price, the 2021 Benelli Leoncino is coming to America—part of the 100th-anniversary celebration of Italy’s Benelli motorcycles. Benelli started making motorcycle in 1911. The 2021 Benelli Leoncino features a 500cc, parallel-twin, DOHC powerplant fitted into a perimeter-style steel-tube frame. The fuel tank and seat provide a nostalgic touch, while the Leoncino features an inverted fork and a single cantilevered shock signaling modernity. The shock has adjustable spring-preload and rebound damping. In an appeal to newer riders, the height of the passenger-friendly seat is just below 31 inches. it comes standard with ABS brakes and Pirelli Angel ST tires. The Lion of Pesaro emblem is on the front fender, as Leoncino is Italian for “little lion.”
However, the Leoncino is not made in Italy. It is made in China in one of those convoluted Chinese checker-style of business deals. Back in 2005 Qianjiang bought the Benelli motorcycle brand. Then, Chinese car manufacturer Geely bought Volvo and then bought a controlling interest in Qianjiang in 2018. Under Qianjiang ownership, Benelli has gone away from their high-powered past and is focusing on a cheaper low to mid-range segment for the European market ranging primarily from 125-600cc.
Although called the Leoncino trail bike, there is nothing trail worthy about about a 410-pound, twin-cylinder, Chinese-made, commuter bike with only 5 inches of fork travel. The retail price is $6199. However, Qianjiang also manufacturers the SSR line of pit and dirt bikes and SSR USA is the distributor for Benelli in America at www.ssrmotorsports.com.
• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: LET PRO CIRCUIT KEEP YOUR HEAD WARM THIS WINTER
• KICK THE YEAR OFF RIGHT! REM GLEN HELEN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2021
• 2021 SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE: IT HASN’T CHANGED IN THE LAST FEW DAYS!
• MXA SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 HONDA CRF450 VERSUS HUSQVARNA FC450
• 22ND ANNUAL TEXAS WINTER SERIES STARTS JAN.1-3
• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLGHT: MOTOPROHQ EZ-CHOCKS
The EZ-Chock is offered in two wall mounting styles for E-track and L-track (Airline) type track. The modular kit allows you to set up at 90°, 45° left, or 45° right. Black powder coating is standard with Orange and Red available for a small additional price. System includes: chock, track clip assembly, angle bracket, hardware, and two tie-down rings. Track not included. The E-track EZ-Chocks Sytem retals for $59.95, while the L-track EZ-Chock system retails for $69.95.
Plus, they offer the Nice Rack, designed to make loading bikes faster, easier and more secure than ever eliminating side to side sway, front wheel movement and eliminate unnecessary fork seal pressure. The no-drill mounting system is easily removed with no permanent bolts or fixtures left in your truck. Just assemble, insert it into the truck’s stake pockets and anchor it to the bed of the truck with the provided turn buckles. The NiceRack Systems are available for full-size trucks, Toyota Tacomas, Compact trucks, utility trailers, enclosed trailers and Toy Haulers.
For more information go to www.motoprohq.com
• MXA WRECKING CREW CRF450 MEMORY BOOSTER
To make sure that every MXA test rider was on the same page, it became necessary to tape a crib sheet to the Honda CRF450’s crossbar pad to explain how all the buttons worked. Then, we needed a primer on what all the symbols on the duct tape actually meant.
• 2021 GLEN HELEN NEW YEAR’S GRAND PRIX ON JANUARY 3, 2021
• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 GASGAS MC 450F
• HAVE YOU SEEN THE JANUARY 2021 ISSUE OF MXA YET?
What’s in the newest issue of MXA? How about full tests on the 2021 Husqvarna FC250, 2021 Honda CRF450, 2021 Yamaha YZ125, 2021 Kawasaki KX250 and Mike Alessi’s World Two-Stroke Championship winning ESR Yamaha YZ325.
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• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 GASGAS MC 250F
• MXA TEAM TESTED: 2021 FLY RACING LITE ZIPPER-LESS GEAR
The new 2021 Fly Racing Lite pants truly live up to their “Lite” name, as they now weigh 7 ounces less than the previous 2020 Lite pants. How did they shave 30 percent off the weight? For the first time ever in motocross gear, Fly Racing created zipper-less pants. Say what? They replaced the old-school zipper and buckle closure by moving the ratcheting Boa system from the rear of the waistline to the front. Previously, the Boa system was used to offer micro waist-size adjustments; now it handles all the waist adjustments.
Besides the zipper-less design, the 2021 Fly Racing Lite pants have a new four-way stretch fabric used to create an ultra-simple, athletic-fit chassis that reduces weight, increases ventilation and enhances flexibility. As with the 2020 chassis, the inner liner is only used on the seat of the pants, and it is sewn down to increase durability. The pants also feature laser-cut holes for ventilation and ergonomically pre-shaped knees to accommodate knee braces and reduce the clumping of excess material while riding. The leather heat shields on the inner knees are 9 inches tall and 5 inches wide to protect against heat and abrasions.
The 2021 Fly Racing Lite jersey comes with multiple ventilation and stretch panels to ensure that it breathes well and moves without restriction. While the pants are all new for 2021, the only structural update on the jersey is the new, low-profile, streamlined, taped collar that continues to promote the minimalist theme of Fly Racing Lite gear. The jersey tail extends 2-1/2 inches at the rear to help it stay tucked into the pants, and it features laster-cut perforation holes to help dissipate heat.
Compared to the 2020 pants, the new pants are considerably thinner, which decreases durability against roost and normal wear and tear. After assigning the Lite gear to our toughest test riders, we found holes in the front and back of the knees and also slight tears in the laser-cut holes on the front of the jersey. It isn’t the most durable gear, but that’s to be expected with gear that prioritizes light, flexible and stretchy attributes. If you want durability, buy one of the other three gear lines from Fly Racing.
The Fly Racing Lite gear comes in five different color options, and the jersey sizes range from small to double-extra large, while the pant sizes range from 28- to 38-inch waists.
DIGITS? $49.95 (jersey), $179.95 (pants)— www.flyracing.com or (208) 319-3079.
MXA RATING: The 2021 Fly Racing Lite gear is the most innovative design since No Fear Attack pants, which mimic hockey gear. The pricing on the Fly Racing Lite gear is more affordable than almost all of its athletic-fit competition. By the way, if you want a zipper, you can still find it on the Fly Racing Evolution, Kinetic and F-16 gear lines.
• MXA SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 KAWASAKI KX450 VERSUS YAMAHA YZ450F
• MXA AD OF THE WEEK: THE MELLOW GLEN HELEN NATIONAL POSTER
Wouldn’t you jump at a chance to ride an AMA National track the week after the Big Boys left town. Wouldn’t it be even more appealing if the promoter promised to “mellow” the track out. The catchy phrases in this race poster are “All The Thrills Without The Chills” and “A Chance To Race An AMA National Track Without The Required Talent.”
• KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES
2021 AMA KICKER ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 9…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 15…….Lubbock, TX
Jan. 16…….Lubbock, TV
Jan. 22…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 23…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 29…….Denver, CO
Jan. 30…….Denver, CO
Feb. 5…….Reno, NV
Feb. 6…….Reno, NV
Mar. 5…….Amarillo, TX
Mar. 6…….Amarillo, TX
REVISED 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (UPDATED)
Jan. 16 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 19 (Tuesday)….Houston, TX
Jan. 23 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 30 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 2 (Tuesday)….Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 6 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 13 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Feb. 20 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Mar. 6 (Saturday)…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 13 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Mar. 16 (Tuesday)… Arlington, TX
Mar. 20 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Apr.10 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.13 (Tuesday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.17 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City
May 1 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City
2021 PROVISIONAL GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE (UPDATED)
Apr. 3…Muscat, Oman
Apr. 25…TBA, Italy
May 16…Agueda, Portugal
May 23…Oss, Holland,
May 30…Teutschenthal, Germany
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
Jun. 20…Kegums, Latvia
Jul. 4…Jakarta, Indonesia
Jul. 11…Semarang, Indonesia
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug 8…Uddevall, Sweden
Aug. 22…KimiRing, Finland
Aug. 29…Igora, Russia
Sep. 12…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sep. 19…TBA, China
Oct. 10…St, Jean d’Angely, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Nov. 14…Neuquen, Argentina
2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 11…Wonthaggi, VIC
May 2 …Canberra, ACT
May 30…Gillman, SA
Jun. 27…Maitland, NSW
Jul. 25…Wodonga, VIC
Aug. 9…TBA, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sep. 5…Princely Drehna
2021 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sep. 26…Imola, Italy