Benelli TRK 502 launched, Cheaper than Kawasaki Versys 650

Benelli TRK 502 was announced for the Indian market quite sometime back. Benelli has finally launched its first ADV model in the Indian market. It was first showcased in 2016 Auto Expo. The TRK 502 is available in two variants – 502 and 502X. The base variants 502 is available at a price of Rs. 5 lakh while the 502X is available at Rs. 5.4 lakhs, both prices ex-showroom, Delhi. Both the bikes can be booked from today at a payment of Rs. 10,000. The deliveries will begin in the next 60 days. The Kawasaki Versys 650 is priced at Rs. 6.49 lakh.

Benelli TRK 502 launched, Cheaper than Kawasaki Versys 650

The Standard variant of the Benelli TRK 502 gets road-sped tyres and alloy wheels while the TRK 502 X gets dual-purpose spec tyres with spoked rims. It also gets longer front and rear suspension travel that helps during challenging off-roading situations. Both the bikes use the same chassis, most of the body panels and electricals. Even the engine powering both 502 and 502X remain the same. Both the bikes are powered by a 499.6cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that generates a maximum power of 47.6 PS and 45 Nm. It gets a 6-speed transmission.

Both bikes look quite aggressive. The Benelli 502 looks perfect for Adventure Touring the spoked version can be taken to the most extreme places. To make it more rugged, Benelli has added metal bash plate under the engine of the 502X, which will keep the engine safe from any stone hits during the off-roading. The exhaust muffler is also positioned higher, which will help the bike to wade through deeper water. The Benelli 502X gets a 19-inch wheel at the front and a 17-inch wheel in the rear. The TRK 502 gets 17-inch wheels on both the wheels.

The Benelli TRK 502 and 502X gets a 20-litre fuel tank, which will help to go on longer hauls without stopping for fuel. It gets a 320mm twin disc set-up at the front and a 260mm disc brake at the rear. ABS is standard on both bikes. Both the bikes get upside down front suspension and a rear monoshock.

The Benelli TRK 502 series looks like a proper adventure bike, but it takes on the likes of Kawasaki Versys 650 and Suzuki V-Strom 650 in the Indian market. Both the bikes offer five years of warranty as standard. There are currently three different colours available for both bikes.

Benelli TRK 502 launched, Cheaper than Kawasaki Versys 650

It is not known if Benelli will provide official accessories with the bikes. Both the bikes get a lot of accessories like luggage box and panniers in the international markets. The affordable ADV segment is becoming quite popular around the world. Many manufacturers have launched entry-level ADV bikes while many others have entered the mid-size ADV segment. In the near future, we will also get to see the KTM 390 ADV in the Indian market.