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Benelli TRK 502 X – What you need to know

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Benelli has been very bullish about making a strong impact in the Indian market, and as adventure tourers are slowly becoming popular thanks to their practicality, Benelli has decided to usher in the TRK 502 X; this bike is not comfortable but is also quick and capable enough to tackle our kind of roads.

Not beautiful, but butch

In terms of the styling, the Benelli TRK 502 X isn’t beautiful, but it’s stance and presence is massive, thanks to its dimensions. The size of the Benelli TRK 502 X is very similar to that of higher-capacity adventure tourer motorcycles. Benelli Bikes have given it a huge 20-litre fuel tank, a typical beak-like front end and a tall windscreen. The panels at the back of the Benelli TRK 502 X aren’t too many and the exhaust is placed up high. The paint finish is good, but the exposed welds on the swingarm could’ve used more attention. The windscreen is not adjustable and it is mounted on a metal frame; lighter materials could’ve been used. The weight of the bike has had something to do with the way this bike handles and rides. The design is purposeful, not pretty, but we find the standard crash protection to be great. A top box and panniers come as added options.

Saddle up

Benelli Biikes
have ensured the ergonomics on this motorcycle are spot-on. The seat is broad and long, giving way for both, pillion and rider. Even the pillion is seated comfortably and the seat is tall, just like any other ADV. However, there is an option to have a low seat as well. The handlebar feels easy to reach, so are the foot pegs and the upright riding posture is just perfect. However, the shape of the tank is little awkward for you to get good support while standing and riding.

Good punch

The 502 X is powered by a 500cc, liquid-cooled, in-line twin engine producing 46bhp and 46Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Keeping in mind the heft of this bike, that might seem a bit less, but in truth, this is not underpowered. Power is delivered in a linear manner but performance isn’t mind-boggling. The tractability of the engine is good and allows for some quick overtakes. The bike cruises nice and easy at speeds of up to 140kph without feeling the need to downshift. But the engine does send out some vibrations once you’re past 100kph; Benelli has done its best in making use of rubber pads on the handlebars and foot rests. Push it beyond 130kph though and the buzz worsens. Thanks to the tractability of the engine, fuel efficiency is good too.

On the terrain

Because this bike is more off-road focused, the suspension feel pliant and it soaks in most of the uneven bits of tarmac around. The ride quality results in a composed feel, and the 502X remains surefooted and confident at all times. Around corners as well, the dual purpose pattern tyres are nice and grippy, both, on even surfaces and uneven surfaces. However, we’d suggest taking it off the beaten path only to a certain extent as the tyres would need those big, block-patterns in them to handle tougher terrain. Pushing the bike backwards requires more than just muscles; it needs technique. And if the bike happens to fall, there’s a chance you may not be able to pick it back up independently.

An ADV that offers value?

The TRL 502 X is a great package if you’re looking at an ADV; it looks like one and is well put together too. And at its price, there’s almost nothing that matches it for comfort, value and road presence. The engine could’ve been smoother, particularly towards the redline and the non-adjustable windscreen might turn away a few buyers. This is a complete ADV motorcycle that will meet most of your expectations as it makes a pretty good case for itself. Benelli however, needs to improve the sales and service support to make things click.

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