Benelli TRK 502X Review | Is It The Best Budget ADV Bike? | ZigWheels.com

Benelli TRK 502X Review | Is It The Best Budget ADV Bike? | ZigWheels.com


Why aren’t more people excited about the
Benelli TRK 502 when we first saw the bike at EICMA 2015
we were really excited and look at it in this X version
it’s got Pakka off-road credentials it’s got a 19-17 wheel setup with wire spoke
wheels dual sport tires it’s got long term suspension and beefy front folks
it’s also got plenty of ground clearance and honestly for the kids offers the
price is pretty decent as well so what exactly is the problem well one problem is an at least on paper
the engine performance is not that impressive this 500CC parallel
with motor makes 47 and a half piece of power in comparison the Ninja 400 makes
one-and-a-half PS more from 100 CC less well on paper is one thing but how does
it perform in the real world and especially off road well the short
answer is not all that big on the bottom line here is that this engine barely has
any bottom end torque now let me get a bit technical here this parallel with motor
has a 360 degree crank while other more off Road oriented parallel twins usually
have to submit agree crank because that’s what it need to get that pulse a
power delivery of an extra traction in the dirt
now Benelli has try to address this to a certain extent by giving this bike a
bigger rear sprocket compared to the normal roadway inversion but that
doesn’t help all that much so basically you end up in first and second gear for
most of your time of the road and if you thought that they are going
to get the rear wheel spinning and the back end sideways in the dirt well think
again because the motor simply does not have the punch
you have to around the nuts of it and that means the speeds go up like crazy
and then it required superhuman skill of the road the fibre to excess performance
while adequate is far from exciting with a fairly low power to weight ratio
acceleration figures are comparable to 300 cc bikes such as the BMW G 310 GS
roll-on acceleration is slightly better though so you don’t need to work as hard
if you want to overtake at speed so are there any puzzle to this engine
you ask well of course there are just like Benelli’s other twins
this two is extremely refined at low RPM yes some Vipers do creeping past 7000
rpm in the footpegs and the tank but you won’t be that often because the bike can
pull very comfortably from low rpm in fact this one pulls easily from 40 kph
in fifth gear and that is commendable and even if you are at high res for long
periods of time the vibes don’t seem bothersome at all because Benelli has
used plenty off rubber on the foot pegs and handlebars and the seat is well
cushioned too out on the highway the 500x can sustain cool speeds of 120 to
130 kmph all day long as we discovered riding some 800 kilometres from chikmagalur to pune wasn’t parry at all now one thing Benelli knows how to do quite
well is tuned exhaust and the 502x is no different one problem is here is that people say
this bike is very heavy and they would be right now Benelli India hasn’t given us
official weight figures but from internet websites we have gathered that
this thing weighs two hundred and thirty five kilos to put that into perspective
the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT way is just two hundred and sixteen heck there’s
just a few kilos shy of the Big Daddy the BMW r1250GS and off the road all this mass is the
last thing you need which makes this TRK 502X more than
a handful in the dirt now in flipping a different thing if all this weight was
focused low down and centered well it’s not it’s pretty much at the top when
you’re standing on the pegs and riding the whole bike feels really top-heavy so
taking turns in the dirt by standing on the pegs requires a lot of skill and a
lot of courage now things do get a little bit easier when you are sitting
down in the saddle and you’re on tarmac but especially in the corners you can
still feel light weight turn them and that way just slow dropped into the turn
a little too suddenly and that does take a little bit of time and patience to get
used to but once you get used to it the handling does inspire confidence
the 502 X has a rather steep rake for an adventure tool which means turning isn’t
as cumbersome as you might imagine and then sweet also keeps it well settled
whether through the corners or at speed on the highway breaking is pretty good too with the
dual pedal rotors at the front able to haul this behemoth down from speed
surprisingly quickly and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can
switch off abs completely on both wheels as well now managing all this weight
becomes especially more difficult because of the bikes tall seat height of
eight hundred and forty millimetres plus the seat itself is a linear on the wider
side which means even with my high five ten I am basically just on tiptoes and
if you are someone shorter like Eshan here who is five four while the seat height might be a little
on the higher side the seats themselves are extremely comfortable both for Rider
and the pillion in that well are right some chikmagalur to pune our backside
had nothing to complain about now one saving grace for that Trk 502 X is it suspension while the front is not adjustable at all the rear does
have settings for preload and rebound and of course it’s not as efficient as
something that you find on the Triumph Tiger XCX but then again you’re paying
only one-third the price of a tiger and for that it actually does a very good
job on bad roads and even on low roads a front end does feel slightly skittish on
very sharp rocks and the rear does have a slight bounce if you’re riding solo
but plunk a pillion at the back and not only the back seat very comfortable the
ride settles down immediately so while the TRK 502 X is not designed to really
attack and bash trails if you want a relaxed and relaxing ride on dirt roads
with pillion I think it does a pretty good job and speaking about more
practical aspects the TRK 502X is one of the best-built Bonelli’s we seen
in India while the quality of plastics is acceptable and far from mind-blowing
the bike feels like it’s been put together really solidly and it looks
rather good to mimicking the Ducati Multistrada from the front and the
Triumph Tiger from the back so is the 502X doing enough to excite people
on the engine front it is under powered if you’re in the mood for mucking around
on the weight front it is quite difficult to manage especially oFf the
road so while it’s not an outright adv it does go great highway touring and it
can ride on bad roads all day long even too up very comfortably
so maybe excite is the wrong world is it interesting and like even we certainly
think so so while it might not appeal immediately
here it will appeal to a lot of folk up here especially when you consider its
fantastic pricing so if you’re going to be spending a majority of your time on
the highway why do you need the 502 X for 40,000 rupees less you are getting alloy
wheels Road spec tires radial brakes a spot here right but most importantly a
manageable seat height gentlemen welcome to powerdrift and the
Trk 502