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2016 Auto Expo: DSK-Benelli Trk 502 adventure bike unveiled


The DSK-Benelli Trk 502 adventure motorcycle made its India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. The new motorcycle is expected to be priced under Rs 5 lakh ex-showroom

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The Benelli Trk 502 has created lots of curiosity among Indian bikers ever since the first time it was showcased at the 2015 EICMA motorcycle show where it made its global debut. Demand for performance adventure touring motorcycles has grown significantly in the past few years and given our road conditions or should we say the lack of it, the adventure tourer motorcycles make perfect sense for our landscape. But price has been a big hurdle for Indian bikers as the cheapest motorcycle in this segment is excess of Rs 10 lakh. This is why the Benelli Trek 502 as it promises all the benefits of a good adventure touring motorcycle without costing a bomb. The Benelli Trek 502 was unveiled for the first time in front of the Indian audiences at the 2016 Auto Expo and it sure will grab attention of the show visitors.

 

Powering the new Benelli Trk 502 will be a newly developed 500cc, parallel-twin motor churning out 48PS of peak power at 8,500rpm and 45Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. The gearbox is a 6-speed affair controlled by a hydraulic clutch. Fuel capacity is a mammoth 20 litres. The styling of the Trk 502 has been inspired from the Ducati Multistrada with its beaky front fairing and twin headlamps which makes it a handsome looking motorcycle. 

 

 

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As befits an adventure tourer worth its name, the Trk 502 comes with a raft of touring-friendly features that will enable it to chew up the tarmac for days on end. Suspension duties upfront are handled by an adjustable upside down front fork, and at the rear, a swingarm with monoshock, providing suspension travel of 150mm at both ends. Braking is via two front discs, 320 mm in diameter, and two-piston floating caliper upfront, and a twin piston calliper gripping a single 260mm disc at the rear. Tyres are Pirelli Angel 120/70 R17 at front and 160/60 R17 at the back, mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels. Given the fact that the Benelli TNT 600i retails for around Rs 5.5 lakh being a four-cylinder offering we can expect the Benelli Trk 502 to be priced under Rs 5 lakh making it the most affordable adventure bike on sale in our country and its closest rival will be the Kawasaki Versys 650.