Key Specs of TRK 502
Benelli TRK 502 Highlights
Prices for both the TRK 502 as well as the TRK 502X has been bumped up by Rs 10,000 from its introductory prices. Both bikes now retail for Rs 5.10 lakh and Rs. 5.50 lakh, ex-showroom India. The TRK 502 and TRK 502X have received 150 bookings in 15 days since their launch. Benelli has received 85 bookings for the TRK 502X and 65 bookings for the TRK 502.
Bookings for the motorcycle are open, and it is sold via the CKD (completely knocked down) route. It doesn’t have any direct rivals but the nearest one is the Kawasaki Versys-X 300. The bike is powered by a 499.6cc, fuel-injected, parallel-twin motor which produces 47.5PS of power at 8500rpm and 46Nm of peak torque at 6000rpm. With a 235kg kerb weight, it will not be a performance bike but rather a tourer that you can munch miles in. It won't be that good off the road either given its 17-inch alloy wheels and road-biased tyres. If you are going to spend more time off road, you can opt for the more hardcore TRK 502X that gets 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke wheels and off-road-focussed tyres.
Benelli TRK 502 Pros and Cons
Things We Like in TRK 502
- Imposing styling and the right underpinnings for an adventure touring bike
- Docile engine is perfect for those upgrading from small-capacity bikes
- Very comfortable
Things We Don't Like in TRK 502
- Incredibly heavy, which make them a handful to manage on trails
- Needs more power
Stand Out Features
Feels stable at high speeds
Powerful headlamp and abundant space to strap on luggage
Comfortable ergonomics and plush seat
TRK 502 Price List (Variants)
|TRK 502 STD500 cc||Rs.5,10,000|
|TRK 502 X500 cc||Rs.5,50,000|
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Benelli TRK 502 Mileage and Performance
|City Mileage||29.78 kmpl|
|Highway Mileage||32.79 kmpl|
|Overall Mileage||29 kmpl|
|Max Speed||140.00 kmph|
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|Mumbai||Rs. 5.10 - 5.50 Lakh|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 5.10 - 5.50 Lakh|
|Chennai||Rs. 5.10 - 5.50 Lakh|
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Say what you may, but Benelli deserves credit for doing the right thing at the right time. They came in with the TNT 600i in 2015 when middleweight streetfighters were all the rage and achieved a fair bit of success with it. Now, times have changed and adventure touring bikes are the latest fad. So you have the Italian brand acknowledging the demand and starting its second innings in India with the TRK 502 and TRK 502X.
We spent the last week riding the TRK 502X around some nasty trails in the coffee capital of India, and then over 800km astride its road-biased sibling, the TRK 502. Both of them occupy a niche market space, promising to bridge the gap between ADV touring bikes on either sides of the price spectrum. But is occupying a sweet spot in terms of pricing enough for these to win the hearts and minds of ADV bike fans in India?
Design and Features
Adventure-touring motorcycles are behemoths, designed to look capable of conquering the most treacherous terrain. And in that aspect, the Benelli TRKs tick all the right boxes. Both the 502 and 502X boast of a high-riding stance and muscular semi-fairing with a beak-like extension at the front.
On top is a high windscreen, well capable of shielding you from the windblast, as long as you are under six feet. The exposed frame gives it an exotic undertone, while the minimalistic and raised tail section gives it a rugged appeal. You can even spec the TRK with luggage mounts and a tail rack to improve its practicality.
Engine and Performance
Enclosed in the TRK’s trellis frame is a 500cc twin-cylinder engine that develops 47.5PS at 8500rpm and 46Nm of torque at 6000rpm. The torque delivery is linear and makes the power easily accessible, even for someone who is not used to riding high-capacity bikes.
Although there is enough torque in the bottom-end to pull from low speeds in high gears (it can easily move from 40kmph in sixth gear), we would have liked to see a punchier power delivery to make it more exciting. When you are riding over dirt and loose surfaces, good bottom-end torque makes it easy to power out of tricky situations, which you unfortunately can’t do on the TRK 502X. Benelli has tried to compensate for this by giving the X a bigger 44-tooth rear sprocket (compared to 40 teeth on the 502) to give it a better initial throttle response, but it’s still not enough to provide enough torque to get the rear wheel spinning in the dirt.
The downside of the bigger sprocket on TRK 502X is evident on the highways. The 502X is less fuel efficient than the 502. Slot it into sixth and the TRK 502 will manage 100kmph at around 5,000rpm and 120kmph at around 6,000rpm. The TRK 502X, meanwhile, has to sit at 250rpm higher than the 502, which again has a marginal effect on the vibrations.
Yes, the TRK does have vibrations on the footpegs, tank and the handlebar, although these creep in only post 6,000rpm. This isn’t a huge problem, as you experience them only during occasional overtakes. Benelli has also smartly included lots of rubber in the footpegs and handlebars to reduce the amount of vibes that reach the rider. The engine feels refined and vibe-free when you are riding in the city or cruising at lower triple-digit speeds on highways.
The brake setup on the TRK 502 consists of radially-mounted callipers at the front with dual 320mm discs. The TRK 502X, on the other hand, gets axially mounted callipers, although there is hardly any difference in the braking performance or the brake feel. Both setups have a decent initial bite and stopping power, although they miss out on progression or feel. Furthermore, the front dive under hard braking is more evident in the 502X, which is down to the longer suspension travel.
The long suspension travel on the 502X translates into a plush ride, even through the most terrible bumps and potholes. Despite the soft setup, the 502X doesn’t feel bouncy or out of place on tarmac.
The 502, meanwhile, feels completely at home on tarmac. Despite the smaller front wheel, the 502 doesn’t feel out of its element while off-roading. The lower seat height and lesser weight means that you feel almost as confident riding the 502 on (easy) trails as you would on the 502X.
Safety and Features
The dual-headlamp setup is one of the biggest highlights of the TRK, it has an intensely powerful beam and a good throw. The instrument console feels a little old school though. It gets an analogue tachometer paired to a digital display, but misses out on a trip computer. The crash guards are offered as standard, which is a necessary addition considering that you might be venturing out into the woods.
The TRK 502 is a road-biased model and rides on 17-inch wheels with Pirelli Angel ST tyres. The TRK 502X on the other hand, is meant to go off-road more often. As such, it boasts of a 19-inch wheel at the front, spoke wheels and Metzeler Tourance dual-sport tyres. It also gets knuckle guards and a metal bash plate.
The suspension on the 502X also gets longer travel. And it has higher ground clearance too. The downside is that the seat height has gone up from 800mm to 840mm, which makes it difficult to manage for shorter riders. The 502X also gets an upswept exhaust to improve its water wading capability in place of the underbelly unit on the 502.
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