Derived from the “basic” TRK, the Benelli TRK 502 X shows a true enduro look at a price that is accessible to all.
Leaning on the side stand it looks like a much bigger bike than its 500cc siblings: the 20 liter tank is impressive, as is the front, with the inevitable beak, double headlight and generous windshield. The hand guards also comes as standard, giving the whole a decidedly more “adventure” appearance, and the engine guards too.
Even the drain runs higher than the sister, coming close to the tail. But it is above all the chassis to change: the front wheel goes from the 17-inch “smooth” TRK to the 19-inch, with spoke rims and Metzeler Tourance tires, measuring 110/80 and 150/70. While the all-terrain care receives the suspension: the fork has upside-down stems of 50 mm in diameter while the rear monoshock is adjustable for preload and rebound.
The seat height is 840mm from the ground, an important height, which can be lowered by 3cm thanks to the optional seat. Once in the saddle The wide handlebar, the 220mm ground light and the imposing superstructures give back the feeling of being on a bigger enduro bikes.
The successful formula of Leoncino and TRK 502 is naturally replicated on the X. The 500 cc liquid-cooled in-line twin cylinder finds its most extreme variation, without losing some of the merits we have already had to appreciate in the recent past of the Pesaro brand .
The maximum power rated 47.6 HP arriving at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 46 Nm when the engine rises to 6,000. They all coupled with a 6-speed gearbox that uses a crown with two less teeth, for faster acceleration.
The Benelli TRK 502 X deceives not only on the stand, but also on the march: dimensions, protection and comfort, in fact, they are made and finished like a flagship bike. The descent into fold is stable and harmonious, and only if you arrive at the center of the curve too slow you feel the important weight of the twin.
When you decide to turn up the pace, however, the music changes: the front brake to take action decisively must be a bit abused, while the ABS is far from shy . Despite the 19 “spoke rim and the increased suspension travel, the asphalt remains the field where the TRK 502 X can do better.
The aerodynamic protection offered by the Benelli TRK 502 X is also excellent and if you don’t ask too much about the engine, the journey on the great national roads is also pleasant. The X lends in the tight mix, where the changes in direction are not well digested by the X, which prefers a rounder and softer ride. Even the brakes are true maxi: two 320 mm discs at the front with a two-piston calliper at the front and a 260 mm single disc at the back with dual-channel ABS are a real treat for the segment. Even more thanks to the possibility of excluding the anti-locking system at the rear to tackle the off-road without worries.
Of course the exposed wires that run along the luggage rack with lots of clamps make more than one muzzle twist as the eye falls on the back and the lever of the central easel that meets the footrests reveals a real obstacle to lift the heavy Pesaro ( 235 kg a full load ).
With its £5299 price, the Benelli TRK 502 X tries to change the rules of the game in its segment, creating a bike with the comfort of a tourer and the ease of an average crossover.
And if you want to equip it at all points, you can access the list of accessories , which consists of a taller top fairing, and a set of luggage with top cases, side cases and frames, which can also be purchased separately.