Benelli TRK 502, TRK 502X with 499.6cc engines to launch in India on 18 February

The Benelli TRK 502 is the road-biased version while the TRK 502X is the off-road worthy version.

Benelli has confirmed that two of its most anticipated offerings, the TRK 502 and the TRK 502X will be launched in India on 18 February. There had been much anticipation since the first time the adventure tourer was unveiled at EICMA. The company dealerships have not started accepting bookings yet, which we believe could start by the end of January 2019. The TRK 502 could be priced between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 5.5 lakh, while the TRK 502X should command a premium of about Rs 50,000 over the 502. Both bikes are powered by the same 499.6cc, the liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine that churns out 47.6PS and 45Nm, mated to a six-speed transmission. That said, there are significant differences between the two bikes. The TRK 502 is the road-biased version while the TRK 502X is the more hardcore, off-road worthy version. In fact, the TRK 502X had been spotted testing in India.

Benelli TRX

Benelli TRX 502

Both bikes use the same chassis and most of the bodywork, but while the 502 uses 17-inch wheels at both ends and runs on Pirelli Angel GT tyres, the 502X uses a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel and is shod with Metzeler Tourance tyres. Additionally, the TRK 502X's seat height is higher at 850mm and so is its ground clearance at 220mm. To add to its off-road credentials, the 502X also comes equipped with a bash plate and a more upswept exhaust.

Braking duties are taken care of by twin 320mm discs up front while a single 260mm disc has been employed at the rear. ABS is part of standard equipment but the bikes do not feature riding modes or traction control, When launched, the TRK 502 and TRK 502X will be the first all-new products to be launched by Benelli in India, as part of its recent partnership with the Adishwar Auto Ride India - Mahavir Group.

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