Benelli has launched the TRK 502 and TRK 502X in India. The standard 502 is priced from Rs. 5 lakh, while the more off-road inclined 502X version is pegged at Rs. 5.40 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). This launch has brought in Benelli’s contenders to the rapidly expanding mid-capacity adventure motorcycle segment in India.
Benelli has been contemplating launch of the two said models for quite some time now. In fact, the TRK 502X was spotted in India way back in November 2018. However, owing to a financial crisis at Benelli’s distribution partner, DSK, launch of the two bikes was deferred for a few months. Benelli has now tied up with Adishwar Auto Ride India (AARI), which will take care of the distribution of Benelli branded bikes in the country. AARI is a subsidiary of the popular Hyderabad-based Mahavir Group.
Of the two bikes, the 502X is clearly more off-road inclined. It gets a larger 19-inch wire-spoke wheel at the front and a 17-inch wheel at the rear. This arrangement helps the bike to remain stable over varied terrains. In comparison, the regular TRK 502 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels on the front as well as rear. Both variants get the same suspension system – a 50 mm upside down (USD) fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Braking setup includes 320 mm twin discs at the front and a 260 mm disc at the rear, complemented by a anti-lock braking system (ABS).
There is no doubt about the fact that the Benelli TRK 502 models are quite large in size and thus attract quite a few eyeballs on the road. The regular TRK 502 has a seat height of 500 mm, while it is 840 mm on the 502X. The X model also has a ground clearance of 220 mm, which is 30 mm more than the regular variant. The bikes are also immensely heavy, with the standard model tipping the scales at 235 kg. This makes it 5 kg heavier than the Triumph Tiger XCx, which is a higher capacity model that produces twice the power.
Powering the Benelli TRK 502 and TRK 502X is a 499.6 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that churns out 47.5 hp and 46 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Also read – Benelli re-launches TNT300, 302R and TNT 600i
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