Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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Can Benelli’s mid-sized adventure-tourer help the company establish a greater foothold in the country? Let’s compare it to its rivals to find out

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Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300

It is no secret that Benelli has had a rough time since the real estate arm of its partner, DSK Motowheels, filed for bankruptcy. However, that is set to become a thing of the past as the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has now tied up with a Hyderabad-based company, Mahavir Group, to continue assembling and selling its motorcycles in the country. It has even planned a slew of new motorcycles for the market. Seven to be precise, which began with the adventure-friendly Benelli TRK 502.

Kawasaki Versys 650

However, the presence of established brands and the arrival of new motorcycles in the segment will ensure that Benelli won’t have an easy ride. Although the TRK 502 is yet to hit Benelli’s showrooms, we have compared its specifications to its rivals’ to see how it will fare in the country.

Engine -

  Benelli TRK 502 BMW G 310 GS Kawasaki Versys 650
Kawasaki Versys X-300
Engine 500cc, in-line two-cylinders, liquid cooled engine 313cc, single cylinder, water cooled engine 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid cooled engine
296cc, parallel-twin, liquid cooled engine
Power 47.5PS 34PS 69PS 40PS
Torque 46Nm 28Nm 64Nm 25.7Nm
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed

A quick look at the spec sheet is enough to give you a brief idea of the TRK 502’s adventure touring capabilities. With a peak torque of 46Nm that kicks in way before the others, expect the Benelli to offer brilliant performance off the road. With the exception of the BMW G 310 GS, all three motorcycles pack an extra cylinder. This helps the engine to be relatively stress-free as compared to a single-cylinder motor.

BMW G 310 GS

The Benelli TRK 502 is launched at Rs 5 lakh, ex-showroom India. At this price point, the Versys-X 300 should be a closer rival to the TRK than the Versys 650.


Features -

Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300

In terms of features, the Benelli TRK 502 packs a very humble list. This includes a semi-digital instrument console that offers basic readouts, LED DRLs and an LED tail lights. It also gets brackets for panniers and a tail bag. The BMW G 310 GS packs a fully-digital instrument console but misses out on any form of LED lighting. The Versys-X 300, on the other hand, gets a lot more than the aforementioned features. It gets auxiliary lamps, panniers and knuckle guards as standard. You also get an engine guard to protect the motor from falling victim to heavy-duty off-roading. However, it's semi-digital instrument cluster does look a bit dated.

Kawasaki Versys 650

The Versys 650 shows its age against its competition. Although it has a premium price tag, it misses out on most of the electronic goodies apart from ABS and a semi-digital instrument console.


Underpinnings -

  Benelli TRK 502 BMW G 310 GS Kawasaki Versys 650
Kawasaki Versys X-300
Frame Trestle in steel tubes Tubular steel frame with bolted rear frame Diamond, high-tensile steel
Backbone, high-tensile steel
Suspension Front - Adjustable Upside-down forks Ø 50mm with 135mm of suspension travel
Rear - Rear swing arm with central shock absorber spring preload adjustable with 45mm of suspension travel
Front - Upsidefork,fork , Ø 41 mm with 180mm of wheel travel
Rear - Monoshock unit with 180mm of wheel travel
Front - Upside Down Forks with 150mm of wheel travel
Rear - Monoshock unit with 145mm of wheel travel
Front - Telescopic Forks with 130mm of wheel travel
Rear - Gas-charged Monoshock with 148mm of wheel travel
Brakes Front - Twin 310mm disc
Rear - Single 260mm disc
Front - 300mm disc
Rear - 240mm disc
Front - Dual 300mm petal disc
Rear - Single 250mm petal disc
Front - Single 290mm petal disc
Rear - Single 220mm petal disc
Fuel Tank Capacity 20-litres 11-litres 21-litres 17-litres
Wheelbase 1525mm 1420mm 1415mm 1450mm
Seat Height 800mm 835mm 840mm 815mm
Kerb Weight 235kg 169.5kg 216kg 184kg
Front Wheel 120/70-ZR17 110/80 R 19’’ 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
100/90-19M/C 57S
Rear Wheel 160/60 - ZR17  150/70 R 17’’ 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
130/80-17M/C 65S
Length x Width x Height 2170mm x 912mm x 1235mm 2075mm x 880mm x 1230mm 2165mm x 840mm x 140mm
2170mm x 940mm x 1390mm

Adventure tourers are considered the Swiss army knives of the motorcycling world. They have the ability to much miles while being capable of tackling even the toughest of the terrains. Keeping the former part in mind, the Benelli TRK 502 gets a mammoth 20-litre fuel tank, second only to the Versys 650, which comes with a 21-litre tank. The TRK 502 also has the added advantage of an Indian rider-friendly seat height of just 800mm. This should put those worried about its weight of 235kg (kerb) at ease.

BMW G 310 GS

The Versys-X 300 grabs the third spot with a decent fuel tank capacity of 17 litres while featuring a saddle that’ not too tall at 815mm. It is also quite light for a twin-cylinder motorcycle at 184kg (kerb). The BMW 310 GS comes dead last in this regard. It packs a measly 11-litre fuel tank while being a pain for short riders with a seat height of 835mm. All motorcycles featured here get switchable ABS as standard. If we had to pick a winner, it’d be the Benelli TRK 502.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

It should also be mentioned that the TRK 502 is two versions - standard and off-road - in various international markets. The standard variant gets 17-inch alloy wheels and road-biased tyres, while the latter gets spoke wheels with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels with dual-sport tyres. Both versions have come to India with a price difference of Rs 40,000 between the two.

Pricing -

  Benelli TRK 502 BMW G 310 GS Kawasaki Versys 650
Kawasaki Versys X-300
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
 5 lakh 3.49 lakh Rs 6.69 lakh 4.69 lakh


Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli's foray into the segment has been much appreciated and they have managed to hit the sweet spot when it comes to pricing the TRK 502 competitively. Will the sweetness also trickle down with the way she rides? We will find out soon enough.

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