Battle Of 250 cc ADVs – KTM 250 Adventure Vs Benelli TRK 251

Let’s see out of 250 Adventure and TRK 251, which is a better ADV on paper…

With the entry of the TRK251 in the entry Adventure space, things have definitely gotten hotter. Let us, quickly, pit it against the KTM 250 Adventure in an on-paper spec COMPARO to see how does it fare against the established direct rival…

250 Adventure vs TRK251 – COMPARO

  1. Engine – 

We can see here that the KTM 250 Adventure is slightly more powerful and has more torque than the Benelli TRK 251. However, the Fuel Capacity of the Benelli is 3.5 Liter more than the KTM. Benelli is using standard clutch configuration while the KTM is offering Slipper Clutch as standard. The KTM is clearly better than Benelli here. 

The 250 Adventure clearly packs in a more powerful and torquey engine with numbers significantly higher. They also come peak at lower rpms. But adventure riding is not all about high numbers. We hope the TRK is fund to ride.

The Adventure also gets a slipper clutch but where the Benelli triumphs over is the large fuel tank capacity that is 3.5 liters higher. Along with relatively lesser numbers, this should give a fairly large range – a much needed trait in ADVs.

NameKTM 250 AdventureBenelli TRK 251
TypeSingle-cylinder, 4-valve, 4-stroke, DOHCSingle-cylinder, 4-valve, 4-stroke
Displacement248.76 cc249 cc
Maximum Power29.5 BHP at 9000 RPM25.47 BHP at 9250 RPM
Maximum Torque24 Nm at 7500 RPM21.2 Nm at 8000 RPM
Gearbox6-speed 6-speed
ClutchSlipper (PASC)Wet multi-plate
Fuel Capacity14.5 Liters18 Liters
  1. The Chassis and Suspension Set-up – 

Here again, the KTM appears to have a better suspension set-up with long travel suspension – both rear and front looking better than the Benelli and rides on better ground clearance as well. Suspension set-up is hard to comprehend right now as we have to ride to understand how these two bikes compare. 

NameKTM 250 AdventureBenelli TRK 251
Frame TypeSteel Trellis FrameSteel Trestle in Steel Tubes
Front SuspensionWP Apex 43Telescopic Forks
Front Sus. Travel170 mm135 mm
Rear SuspensionWP Apex – MonoshockTelescopic Coil Spring – oil damped
Rear Sus. Travel 177 mm51 mm
Ground Clearance 200 mm170 mm 
  1. The Dimensions – 
NameKTM 250 AdventureBenelli TRK 251
Wheelbase1430 mm 1390 mm 
Seat Height 855 mm 800 mm
Kerb Weight (dry)156 kg164 kg

The KTM 250 Adventure is longer and taller than the Benelli TRK 251. The taller seat height will bother and deter shorter riders and they will naturally lean towards the TRK 251. However, the weight of the Benelli will bother the rider as the dry weight and hence, the gross weight will be a lot more than KTM 250 Adventure. 

  1. The Brakes and Tyres – 
NameKTM 250 AdventureBenelli TRK 251
Front Brake320 mm Disc280 mm Disc
Rear Brake230 mm Disc240 mm Disc
Front Tyre19” Alloy – 110/9017” Alloy – 110/70
Rear Tyre17” Alloy – 130/8017” Alloy – 150/60

The KTM is better equipped with bigger disc brakes at the front and rides on bigger front wheel. It will provide the rider better confidence at the front when tackling un-paved terrain. The wider rear tyre will provide better grip in the KTM than the Benelli as well. 

  1. The Miscellaneous – 
NameKTM 250 AdventureBenelli TRK 251
Tail-lightLED LED
Instrumentation DigitalDigital
Mobile ConnectivityNone None
GPS NavigationNone None
Final DriveChainChain
  1. The Price – 
NameKTM 250 AdventureBenelli TRK 251
PriceRs. 2.51 Lakh (ex-sh.)Rs. 2.35 Lakh (ex-sh.)

We can see from this comparison that the KTM 250 Adventure, though being a little expensive, is better value-for-money than the Benelli TRK 251. The KTM is providing better specs and better features than the Benelli does. However, the better option among these comes down to the buyer who will consider each spec and feature according to his/her own criteria and will then decide what suits him/her better.  

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