Benelli Makes A Comeback With TNT 300, 302 R,...
- Dec 3, 2018
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After a short blip, Benelli did make its way back to Indian shores by reintroducing three of its products – the Benelli TNT 300, 302R and the TNT 600i. While that’s a good starting lineup, the company will further expand its horizon by tapping into the growing adventure touring segment with the launch of the Benelli TRK 502 and TRK 502X tomorrow. The bikes will enter India via the CKD route so we can expect a competitive price tag of around Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Besides, these mid-displacement adventure tourers will be positioned somewhere in between the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and the Versys 650/Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT.
Both the bikes are powered by the same 499.6cc, fuel-injected, parallel-twin motor which dishes out 47.6PS at 8500rpm and a peak torque of 45Nm at 4500rpm. A 6-speed transmission transfers power the rear wheel via chain drive. Unfortunately, neither of the bikes feature any rider aids apart from the mandatory ones.
In terms of mechanicals, the TRK duo employ fat 50mm USD forks and a monoshock at the rear with preload adjustability. Braking duties are handled by twin 320mm discs mated to four-piston calipers at the front and a single 260mm disc coupled to a single-pot caliper. The bikes also feature switchable ABS at the rear for off-road shenanigans. The TRK 502 comes with 17-inch wheels at both ends while the off-road oriented 502X gets 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked rim setup shod with Metzeler Tourance dual-purpose tyres.
On the features front, both the TRK 502 and 502X get a tall windscreen, a semi-digital instrument console (which looks a bit dated), LED DRLs, LED tail lights and a USB charging port. Additionally, the bikes also feature a front beak, a massive 20-litre tank and provision for pannier mounts. The overall design of the bikes looks rugged while the proportions are that of much larger adventure tourers.
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