If you've always wanted to roll up to your local kebab shop looking like you've just crossed the Sahara Desert on your bike, but couldn't afford the EMIs on a BMW R1200GS, Benelli might have just the thing for you. Yes, we're talking about the new TRK 502, a compact, manageable, cut-price adventure tourer that's powered by Benelli's newly developed 500cc liquid-cooled 8-valve DOHC parallel-twin. With a steel tube trellis frame, 48 horsepower and 45Nm of torque from the engine, 6-speed transmission, 20-litre fuel tank, large fairing for weather protection, and robust, adjustable suspension (USD fork at front, monoshock at the rear), the Benelli TRK 502 sure looks capable of crossing a continent or two.
Given its off-road abilities, the TRK, which weighs 210kg dry, rides on 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels, shod with 120/70 and 160/60 Pirelli Angel dual-purpose tyres. With twin 320mm brake discs at front, with 2-piston calipers, and single 260mm disc at the back, the bike also seems to have sufficient stopping power.
Benelli say that the TRK 502 will hit showrooms by mid-2016 and pricing will be announced later. Chinese ownership finally does seem to be working for this legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer!