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Kawasaki Versys X 300 vs Benelli TRK 502: Real-World Performance Comparison

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  • Jul 15, 2019
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Which brand offers the best “budget” ADV? The Japanese or the Italians? We compare the numbers to find out

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The adventure tourer segment has seen a surge in terms of popularity in recent times. But most of these bikes like the BMW R 1250 GS and the Triumph Tiger 1200 have been unattainable due to their mortgage breaking price tags. If you’re someone with a budget of around Rs 5 lakh, you’ve got two options - the Kawasaki Versys X-300 and the Benelli TRK 502. With both packing a parallel-twin engine, purpose-built design and priced so closely, which one should you opt for? We compare their real-world numbers to find out. 

Also Read - Kawasaki Versys X 300: Road Test Review

 

Acceleration

 

Benelli TRK 502

Kawasaki Versys X-300

     

Engine

500cc, in-line two-cylinders, liquid cooled engine

296cc, parallel-twin, liquid cooled engine

Power

47.5PS

40PS

Torque

46Nm

25.7Nm

Transmission

6-speed

6-speed

 

 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli TRK 502

0-60kmph

3.41 seconds

3.03 seconds

0-100kmph

8.3 seconds

7.29 seconds

Top speed (achieved)

132kmph

139.56kmph

Despite their displacement and power differences, the Versys-X 300 put up quite a respectable 0-100kmph number. Not to mention, it can also hold a respectable highway speed. But the displacement advantage of the Benelli is clearly visible. 

Also Read - Benelli TRK 502X, TRK 502: First Ride Review

 

Roll-ons 

 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli TRK 502

30-70kmph in 3rd

3.89 seconds

3.93 seconds

40-80kmph in 4th

4.96 seconds

4.72 seconds

Thanks to the TRK 502’ 360-degree crank, it sacrifices a bit of low-end torque and it shows. It also doesn’t help that the Benelli weighs 235kg, a whopping 51kg heavier than the Versys! Not only is the Versys quicker in 30-70kmph roll-ons, but it also packs a shorter wheelbase (1450mm), which should make zipping through traffic easy.

 

Braking 

 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli TRK 502

80-0kmph

42.07m

30.71m

60-0kmph

23.85m

17.63m

You’d expect the Versys to win this round, right? Surprisingly, it is the TRK 502 which comes to a halt quicker despite its hulking demeanour. The front (twin 310mm) and rear (single 260mm) disc, in conjunction with Pirelli Angel ST tyres, offer a rather impressive stopping performance. The Kawasaki, on the other hand, just takes too long to stop and offers very less feedback to the rider. 

 

Fuel efficiency 

 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli TRK 502

City

29.86kmpl

30.97kmpl

Highway

27.57kmpl

33.5kmpl

Fuel tank capacity

17-litres

20-litres

Range

469km

670km

To be honest, we’d expected this round to go to the Versys. But surprisingly, despite packing a larger capacity engine and more bulk, it is the TRK 502 which is the most fuel-efficient of the duo in both the city as well as the highway! It also helps that it carries a mammoth 20-litre fuel tank, which should provide you with a range of close to 700km, making a ride from Pune to Goa without a fuel stop possible. The Versys-X 300 is not only less frugal, but also packs a smaller fuel tank. So expect quite a bit of fuel stops on your road trips with this one.

 

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