Benelli TRK 502 Finally Sees The Light Of Day
Benelli’s Long Awaited Adventure-Tourerby TJ Hinton, on
Way back in 2015, the Milan show hosted the Benelli TRK 502 for our first peek at the all-new ride, and it has finally gone into production for public consumption. Critics of the ride call it a ripoff of the Ducati Multistrada, but to be fair, the adventure-bike genre is fairly well established, and most of the bikes in that family fall within three distinct styles. In that, the TRK is no more a copycat than everyone else with a dog in that fight. It sports a dramatic bird’s beak fairing with the typical windshield, but little else beyond a pair of handguards for rider protection. A mid-size mill pushes 33 pounds of grunt at 4,500 rpm backed up by 46 ponies at 8,500 rpm, but at 518 pounds soaking wet you can forget about turning in any kind of blistering trail times by any means. Whether you want to use it as an adventure-tourer or actually plan on going off-road, Benelli offers a suspension and front wheel package that will suit your purposes. For now, we have only the Italian price of around 6k Euros, but ya gotta start somewhere.
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Who Is Benelli?
In case you’re unfamiliar, Benelli started out in Italy over a century ago which qualifies it as one of the oldest brands in the world. Now operating under the Quianjiang Group umbrella, the company is attacking the market with renewed vigor as it cranks out new designs to compliment its small-displacement streetbike lineup. The brand has suffered a bit due to a perceived lack of quality in its fit and finish, but I gotta say the quality-assurance people have been busy improving on that and it shows in this newest product. Check in soon for a full review once I get a chance to get to know this sled just a little better.