Benelli India is all set to introduce its first adventure tourer - Benelli TRK 502 & the Benelli TRK 502X, in India. Before you take the plunge here's everything you need to know about the TRK 502 range.
The design had never been the strongest points of an ADV, and it applies to the Benelli TRK 502 to the T. The motorcycle features a semi-fairing along with a tall windshield and a beak fender. The bike features a semi-digital instrument console and a sculpted fuel tank with a capacity of 20 litres, while the tail section is comparatively lowered tail section.
The Benelli TRK 502 measures 2,380 mm in length, 912 mm in width and 1,465 mm in height. The motorcycle has a ground clearance of 230 mm and an accessible saddle height of 815 mm, while the wheelbase is 1535 mm. The TRK 502 tips the weighing scales with a kerb weight of 210 kg.
Launch Date & Positioning
The Benelli TRK 502 and the TRK 502X had been confirmed for launch in India on 18 February. The adventure tourers will be imported into the country as CKD kits, while the bike will be locally assembled at the company’s Hyderabad facility. There won't be any localisation of components, and all parts will be imported according to the global specifications.
The Benelli TRK 502 range comes equipped with features like split halogen headlights with LED DRL, knuckle guards, and switchable dual-channel ABS. The motorcycle comes equipped with dual 320 mm front discs with a two-piston calliper at the front and a 260 mm rear rotor with a single-piston calliper.
Suspension & Wheels
The TRK 502 range features 50 mm upside-down forks at the front with 135 mm wheel travel and a fully adjustable rear mono-shock with 45mm travel. The Benelli TRK 502 is a road-biased long-distance tourer that comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels at both the ends that are wrapped with road-spec tubeless tyres.
The Benelli TRK 502X, on the other hand, is the off-road spec adventure tourer that rides on 19-inch front & 17-inch rear wire-spoke wheels that are paired with dual-purpose knobby tyres. The sturdy wheels along with a large front tyre make the TRK 502X a capable off-road motorcycle.
Engine & Transmission
Mechanically, both the variants use the same engine and gearbox, while the power figures are identical as well. Powering the Benelli TRK 502 range is a parallel-twin 499.6 cc, 8-valve, liquid-cooled engine that churns out a maximum of 47 bhp at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 45 Nm at 5,000 rpm. A six-speed transmission transfers power to the wheel via a chain drive.
We expect the Benelli TRK 502 to be launched in India in the range of INR 5 lakh to INR 5.5 lakh. On the other hand, the off-road-focused Benelli TRK 502X is expected to retail at around INR 6 lakh (both the prices are ex-showroom).
The Benelli TRK 502 range will be a unique offering in its class and won't have a direct competitor. That said, the TRK 502 will lock horns with the Kawasaki Versys 650, while the Benelli TRK 502X will compete with the SWM Superdual T and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT. However, the real competition for the motorcycles will come from the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure, which is expected to be launched before the end of this year.
Luggage Mounts & Accessories
While the Benelli TRK 502 range features a rear parcel rack as standard fitment, accessories like luggage panniers, saddle stays and top box are optional. Furthermore, the bikes also come with a GPS mount as an extra fitment.