TRK 502 launch is being waited with bated breaths…
DSK showcased some lustful motorcycles at the 2016 Auto Expo and all of them were officially announced to be coming to India. Among them TRK 502, the most interesting motorcycle, which has been terribly delayed, now has a launch time frame.
According to an official word from Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman DSK Motowheels, given to NDTV Auto, the motorcycle is intended to be promoted as an adventure machine rather than a sports tourer. He elaborates that Benelli was ready to give the road-spec non-ABS version for sale but he declined and demanded the off-road version which should also be equipped with ABS.
According to an earlier update, TRK 502 currently is available only in the on-road version (with alloy wheels) and the variant they plan to introduce in India, with spoke wheels and ABS (basically the off-road version), will only be ready by December this year with Benelli. And hence the launch was pushed.
This is a little surprising because the display motorcycle at the 2016 Auto Expo was itself a spoke wheel variant and also had ABS. So, what is causing Benelli so much of delay (of more than two years) in introducing a simple variant of a motorcycle is beyond comprehension…
Shirish also added that, buyers, according to him want the off-road ABS version. The ploy is right – this way they will be able to properly differentiate the 502 with their 600 GT and most importantly, they will NOT have to rush before the April 2018 deadline (which mandates ABS on 125cc and above motorcycles).
TRK 502 Launch
Shirish confirmed that TRK 502 will be launched before the Auto Expo 2018. January is the month he is planning for. Which means TRK 502 has been pipelined after the Leoncino scrambler.
TRK 502 has already been launched in Malaysia and it produces 47 hp of peak power and 45 Nm of maximum torque from its 500 cc engine. It has a 20 liters fuel tank and hard case panniers and top box are optional accessories for all those who like long distance adventure touring.
We hope the wait for this mid-capacity adventure tourer does not get any longer and it gets launched here at sense-making prices. We expect a price point of Rs 5 Lakh (ex-showroom) which will make it a very interesting preposition without a lot of competition.