Benelli TRK 502: 5 things to know
13th Aug 2018 6:00 am
The Italian brand has said that it will bring its first adventure model to India soon; so here are some things you should know about the bike.
When Benelli first announced its new tie-up with the Mahavir Group, it also announced plans to launch the new TRK models in India before the next financial year (March 2020). If you noticed we said 'models' and not 'model' – this is because the company has plans to launch three variants of the TRK and not just one, as previously planned.
Better late than never
The TRK 502 was first showcased in India at Auto Expo 2016. At that time, Benelli had announced plans to launch the adventure motorcycle in July-August 2017; and then things took a turn for the worse. Benelli’s previous partner – the DSK Group – ran into serious financial troubles last year. As a result, the bike maker had to shut down operations in India. However, its new partner, the Mahavir Group, has announced that the company will be launching not one, but three variants of the TRK in India. One of these bikes will come further down the road, but Benelli plans to launch the bigger 502 models in India by March 2019.
The three variants of the TRK range are the TRK 250, the TRK 502 and TRK 502 X. The TRK 250 will be a lower-capacity, more affordable variant and you can read more about it here. On the other hand, the bigger TRK range will be available as the standard 502 and the more off-road-ready 502 X. The TRK 502 being the road-oriented model will come equipped with 17-inch rims at the front and rear. The TRK 502 X will come equipped with a 19-inch rim up front instead, to assist in off-road duties.
Engine shared with the Leoncino 500
The TRK 502s are powered by the same 499.6cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected parallel-twin engine seen on the Leoncino 500. This engine makes 47.6hp at 8,500rpm and 45Nm of torque at 5,000rpm. The bikes use a six-speed transmission and feature a wet clutch, similar to the Leoncino 500.
It’s a big ADV, but expect mellow performance
Both TRK 502s seem to be proper adventure motorcycles. These bikes are large and equipped with almost everything one would look for on an adventure bike in terms of size and touring ability. Handling suspension duties is a 50mm upside-down fork and a preload, rebound and compression-adjustable monoshock on both variants. For brakes, the bikes get a 320mm twin-disc set-up at the front and a 260m single disc at the rear. Both bikes also have a large 20-litre fuel tank and weigh-in at an immense 213kg. This is only the dry weight figure, though, and that means the TRK weighs 14kg more than a Triumph Tiger 800 XR – and the Tiger makes nearly double the power. Expect an unhurried performance, at the very least.
Will heat-up India’s mid-capacity adventure bike segment
The entry of the TRK 502s will definitely heat-up India’s mid-capacity adventure bike segment. With an expected price of Rs 5.5 lakh for the standard TRK 502, it will be around Rs 80,000 more expensive than the Kawasaki’s Versys-X 300 (Rs 4.69 lakh) – in fact, this was our previous estimated price for the TRK when it was coming through the DSK tie-up; but we now believe that Benelli will be looking to price their bikes more competitively, so there is a chance the TRK may actually cost less than that estimate. Benelli says that the TRK is already doing well in international markets and they are optimistic about receiving a strong reception in India, too.