BENELLI TRK 502 (2017-on) Review

Published: 08 May 2017

It doesn't feel like a bike built in 2017

BENELLI TRK 502  (2017-on)

It doesn't feel like a bike built in 2017

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

No matter how enthusiastic Benelli are about the new TRK, it fails to live up to the hype. The engine hasn’t got enough gusto to provide decent acceleration, and the brakes feel like drum brakes. It doesn’t feel like a bike built in 2017.

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

The handling fails to impress. Granted the incredibly bumpy and inconsistently surfaced roads we tested the bike on in northern Italy would put most suspension through its paces, but I’d like to know what the front end was doing while cornering. As we rode the bikes, I never had any idea what was going on – the front end felt distant and failed to instill any confidence. The low seat is incredibly plush, though. The brakes feel incredibly spongey for most of the travel on the front lever, only biting when the lever is almost touching my other knuckles. The brake lever is span adjustable, but I found it almost impossible to feel any difference between the four settings.

Engine 2 out of 5

There's a severe lack of power from the 500cc parallel twin, which combined with that 235kg weight - just 9kg less than a BMW R1200GS Exclusive TE - is really noticeable. The bike makes 47bhp so it’s A2 licence friendly, but it coughs and wheezes as it struggles to pull the hefty machine. There’s no character or powerband either, just a huge spread of not very much power trying its best to pull a lot of weight. Overtakes have to be planned meticulously, and can only be performed when you're absolutely certain you have enough room.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Beneli's partnership with the Chinese group Qianjiang is still relatively new, so reliability hasn't quite been tested yet, although we're not aware of any major problems. It should be noted that one of the bikes on the launch got stuck in first gear.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

At £5699 the Benelli is just £100 cheaper than the Honda CB500X, its closest rival, but it feels much cheaper than its Japanese rival.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The specification sheet for the Benelli is pretty basic - which isn't a bad thing. ABS is provided by Bosch, although it's not on par with the best Bosch ABS systems on top of the range models. The screen isn't adjustable but it provides a decent level of wind protection. The Givi panniers come as standard.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £5,699
Used price £5,500 to £5,700
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £62
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 33 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 500cc
Engine type 4v parallel twin, liquid-cooled
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 235kg
Front suspension 50mm upside down forks
Rear suspension single rear shock, preload adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four piston calipers with ABS
Rear brake single 260mm rear disc with single piston caliper with ABS
Front tyre size -
Rear tyre size -

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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