While Benelli might be coming to the USA soon, riders in Europe and Australia have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sample their products for a while now. And despite the fear many have from the now Chinese owned company, everything we’ve seen so far has been very positive – and the prices are hard to match, too.
That’s what makes the Benelli TRK 502 so interesting. From a look at the specification sheet, there’s probably nothing to get overly excited about. Performance wise it looks very similar to Honda’s CB500X. The 500cc inline two cylinder engine produces 35 kW @ 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm @ 4,500 rpm. While it gets spoked wheels, the front is 17 inches in diameter as standard, but optionally comes with 19 inch rims. Front suspension travel is a disappointing 145mm, as is the rear. Weight is also up there at 210kg, although we’re unsure of if that includes the panniers and rear box. The fuel tank however is a whopping 20 litres.
But what is exciting will be the price. No official prices have been made available yet, but given recent history, Benelli’s are generally many thousands of dollars better price than competitors – both in asking price and in standard equipment on the bike.