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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their BENELLI TRK 502 (2017-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BENELLI TRK 502 (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

A great bike with a great price

28 August 2017 by Pedro

I can´t really understand this review from motorcycle news! This Bike is great, while you can feel that some construction quality is lacking (frame paint, some welding and even the benelli stickers feel cheap), but overall it is a very comfy... Read more bike, very good handle and the engine well it is a good engine for a 500! For those who say it is crap like motorcyclenews i just cannot understand it, i had a KLE500 and a Transalp 600 and it feels the same as both, not very much power but still enough to pull the motorcycle beyond most speed limits in a decent time (0-100km/h is under 7 seconds). Brakes do feel a bit underpowered on the first inches of travel, but then they bite and show their strength!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Ride quality is fenomenal! very comfortable and a great riding position, the visor keeps the wind away until 1,80cm more or less! Brakes could be better.....they brake, but the feeling just is not what i expected.
Engine
4 out of 5
Well it certainly is a good engine!, of course a tracer or a super tenere beats the crap out of this thing, it is only a 500cc! try an NC500x and you will notice little difference! It pull in a humble way, you wont get excited but you wont be let down if you keep in your mind it is only a 2 cylinder 500cc
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
well the bike has in fact some things that should lack of quality in the product, the paint, the stickers, the quality from the visor, etc! But on the other hand it has a lot more extras for the money so you really can´t have it all! Motorcycle news says it costs only less 100 quid than a CB500X but they forget to say that to put in the honda all the standart extras on the benelli will cost you 600/800quid! Reliability i cannot answer as my bike only has 4000km and only problem was that the gear lever has a slack in the sensor that indicates in which gear we are, resulting in reading error.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
maintenance interval is between 6000km, i have only done 1 at 1000km that costed 88€
Equipment
5 out of 5
Better is impossible for a standard bike! it is fully loaded
Buying experience

this is the worst part, these bikes are out for less than a year so not very aftermarket parts neither stock parts! most dealers sell also big brands so you feel a bit leftover!

5 out of 5

Benelli TRK502

08 August 2017 by 999superbike999

Bike looks awesome, nobody realises it is only A2 licence and 500cc. Rides well, comfy and confidence inspiring. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Good all round bike. Well comfy on a long run. Simple to use controls and steady handling give confidence. Low seat height too.
Engine
4 out of 5
Engine sounds great. Could do with a little more power, but it is the maximum for A2 riders, so i guess it was designed more for A2 than for pure performance. Pulls well in all gears from low revs, so no need for constant gear changes.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
So far so good, but only had it a couple of months.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Simple to work on, so no expensive workshop bills. MPG is really good.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Standard bike is good spec, tyres are Pirelli, frames for side cases fitted as standard too. Givi luggage is an extra, but good quality and looks great when fitted. Gear indicator on the dashboard is really helpful.
Buying experience

Didn't get any discount from the dealer, probably because a new model for 2017.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £5,699
Used price £5,500 to £6,500
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £62
Annual service cost £150
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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