Benelli 502 price undercuts its mid-size rivals and it also looks brilliant….
The 502s should have been here much earlier had Benelli’s erstwhile partner DSK Motowheels not gone bankrupt. Nonetheless, the mid-size ADVs are finally here. And why are we writing ‘ADVs’ is because there are two of them branched out of the same motorcycle – 502 and 502X and though they are variants of the same motorcycle they have significant differences.
Standard 502 itself looks brilliant and the 502X is the more off-road focused version with more ammo! Both the motorcycles are powered by an inline 2 cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC, 8-valve, 500 cc engine which belts out 47.5 PS of maximum power at 8500 rpm and 46 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. Inverted telescopic suspension are standard and stopping power is provided by two 320 mm disc brakes at the front and a 260 mm disc at the rear.
The standard model is equipped with 17 inch alloy wheels at both ends (120/70 front and 160/60 rear) whereas the 502X gets the more suitable 19-17 inch combo (110/80 – 19 front, 150/70 – 17 rear) with spoke wheels. Both the variants come with massive 20 liter fuel tanks and 1505 mm wheelbase.
The 502 has an 800 mm saddle height whereas the X is 840 mm higher for the rider. This results in a difference in ground clearance as well. The standard model stands 190 mm over the ground whereas the 502X has a GC of 220 mm.
Benelli has not shared the weight of the India-spec version but the international-spec TRK weighs a hefty 213 kg – so it will be heavy on the road; how much of it is felt while riding is one thing we can talk about once we ride it.
Benelli TRK 502 Price
|TRK 502||Rs 5.0 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi|
|TRK 502X||Rs 5.40 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi|
In the process, it undercuts all its mid-size rivals like single cylinder SWM Superdual T, Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, Kawasaki Versys 650 etc. With this Benelli has provided a lovely option for entry level adventure motorcycles to upgrade to.
Apart from this, they have a slew of very interesting motorcycles which could come to our shores, like this one…