A camouflaged test mule of the Benelli TRK 502 X adventure tourer was recently caught on camera somewhere in India. The TRK 502 motorcycle range, which comprises two models – the road-biased TRK 502, and the off-road spec TRK 502X, has been confirmed for our market.
Both variants use a 20-litre fuel tank that, along with a claimed economy of 25.64 km/l, should deliver a range of 500 km between fuel stops. Standard features include semi-digital instrument cluster and a tall windshield while the optional accessories would comprise saddle stays, luggage panniers and a top box case with rear parcel rack. While an exact launch date is yet to be announced, a press release shared by Benelli India stated:
Motorcycle aficionados will also witness the launch of the highly anticipated TRK 502 (Tourer) and TRK 502X (Adventure) models in India, in the first quarter of 2019. The TRK range will also mark Benelli’s entry into the mid-capacity adventure segment in India, proving its legacy and unwavering philosophy of delivering high quality products at competitive prices.
The TRK 502 and TRK 502 X are currently on display at the 2018 Thai Motor Expo. Both share the same design but feature different components. The road-biased Benelli TRK 502 features 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends that are wrapped in road-spec tyres while the off-road spec TRK 502 X (pictured above) comes with wire spoke wheels with a 19-inch front. The 19-inch front wheel enhances its off-roading capabilities.
Both motorcycles use a 499.6 cc, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, parallel twin-cylinder FI engine that comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motor delivers 46 bhp of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm.
Hardware list includes upside-down forks at the front and a preload and rebound adjustable mono-shock at the back. 320 mm twin front discs with a two-piston calliper at the front and 260 mm single disc at the rear with single-piston calliper perform anchoring tasks while dual-channel ABS comes as standard.
In other updates, Benelli India has re-launched the TNT 300 (INR 3,50,000*), 302R (INR 3,70,000*) and the TNT 600i (INR 6,20,000*) in the Indian market. Moreover, to attract customers, Benelli has announced a 34% reduction in prices of its after-sales services. The brand has also increased the service intervals of its products from 4,000 km/4 months to 6,000 km/6 months. The Chinese-owned Italian brand has partnered with Hyderabad-based Mahavir Group.
*ex-showroom Delhi prices
[Image source: AutocarIndia.com]