It has not been a fantastic ride for Benelli from the Indian marketplace, but thanks to its collaboration with the Mahavir Group, things are looking up for the company. Benelli will finally be launching the TRK 502 along with the TRK 502 X in India on February 18, 2019. The TRK 502 is going to be the road-going version while the TRK 502 X will be the off-road focussed variant with wire-spoke wheels are maybe some more off-roading kit. The motorcycle was first showcased in the 2016 Vehicle Expo rather than long after the company had to cease its operations in India with DSK (its previous partner) running to financial issues.
The Benelli TRK will be the first motorcycle to be launched under the new collaboration and both variants will discuss the frame and the motor that is a 499 cc parallel-twin that’s liquid-cooled and creates about 47 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. There’ll be a 6-speed gearbox on offer too. Other features include 50 mm USD forks and a monoshock at the rear. For braking, the Benelli TRK 502 will use 320 mm twin discs up front and a 260 mm disc at the back. The TRK 502 X will get a larger 19-inch wheel up front and a 17-inch unit at the rear while the typical TRK will feature 17-inch units at either ends. The dry weight of this Benelli TRK 502 is about 213 kg, which means it will not exactly be a light motorcycle.
We believe that Benelli will cost the TRK 502 along with the TRK 502 X between $ 5 lakh and $ 6 lakh (ex-showroom). While it may not have an immediate rival in the traditional sense, but if priced competitively, it might be more affordable than a whole bunch of other experience bikes like the Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and the SWM SuperDual T.