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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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £5,699
Used price £4,500 to £5,600
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £64
Annual service cost £110
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

Owners' Reviews

6 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 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

What a great little (big) bike

20 July 2018 by RSMike

Fantastic bike, I have been riding bikes for 20 years from 250cc to 1200cc (27 hp to 120 hp), Suzuki, BMW, Triumph, Honda. Chopped in my every day Honda NT700V for the Benelli 3 weeks ago, over 1K KM up now and could not be happier, really solid handling, very stable & rock solid on the road, better than Deauville in cross winds, excellent front brakes, nice nippy little engine. Will accelerate up to 130kph (80 mph) at the drop of a hat and cruise there no problem. Just for testing purposes went to 155 kph (96 mph) and was not at its limit and still rock solid. Excellent screen. Full GIvi Trekker luggage and heated grips for an extra €600, unbeatable value. My other bike is a BMW R9T which has lovely meaty power and I love it, but the Benelli is equally fun, most every day riders will agree 50 bhp is all you need for everyday riding. Liam may have got a lemon bike as his experience does not seem to be reflected in any owners reviews, I think in fairness to Benelli, and based on owners reviews MCN should take a 2nd look.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
All excellent, except rear brake lacks some feel.
Engine
4 out of 5
Very nippy if a bit buzzy at the top end, but not fully run in yet and definitely getting smoother as the Kays go by.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems to date but acknowledge only 1K up so far.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Servicing looks cheap even though intervals (4K) are on the short side
Equipment
5 out of 5
Engine bars, hand guards, decent screen, luggage racks, hugger/shock protection and full luggage / heated grips for additional €600, outstanding value
Buying experience

Fantastic from Irish dealer, Ross Motorcycles.

5 out of 5

Benelli TRK 502

11 May 2018 by Ch

The bike really is the opposite to the MCN review. It's a really good, cheap bike. I use mine every day, it's no sports bike but I find this more fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Just as good as Japanese bikes
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
The bike comes really well equipped and I think shows how much other manufacturers just take hard earned cash out of our pocket so easily. Not Benelli, they have done a great job for the price.
Buying experience

I found my buying experience was far better than when I brought from Japanese or Austrian brands. They went out of their way for me. I bought mine from Cooperb who give a fantastic service, I can't rate them enough.

4 out of 5

Fantastically Cheap, Competent Bike

15 February 2018 by Mike

Had mine since September 2017 and has been nothing but brilliant. Done over 2000 miles now with some all day rides and get off the other end refreshed and with no aches and pains. It should have been reviewed for what it is and relative to its on the road price.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
As said, super comfy seat, comfy ride positions and all controls fall to hand. Not had any issues with the brakes but then again my other bike is a Royal Enfield, so anything is an improvement.
Engine
5 out of 5
May only be a 500cc but has plenty of poke and grunt where you need it, I use mine everyday for commuting and for longer journeys and not once have i though, "I need more power" Does what you need it to do.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Minor issue with battery which may have been my fault. Build quality is no worse or less than most bikes I have had. OK some of the welds are not the best but paint, switch gear and components seem of an acceptable quality. OK it is not a BMW or a Triumph but is substantially cheaper
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Only just had first service done and was only charged for parts so was under £40. Also purchased on 2 years interest free credit. Regularly getting over 80mpg on a run also...Only bugbear is that price of bike has been reduced by £500 since i bought it!!!
Equipment
5 out of 5
Fantastic equipment levels, ABS, brushguards, radiator guard, rear hugger, crash bars and windscreen. A lot of this would be option extras on the equivalent Honda, Yamaha etc.
Buying experience

Excellent service, only issue is no dealer is close to home and have a tr(e)k to nearerst dealer...sorry for the pun!!

4 out of 5

mr

04 January 2018 by Dave

great looking practical A2 licence bike available with hard luggage, 2 year warranty, with some cracking low cost finance plans, a very comfortable bike with a great riding position, smooth power plus a very slick gearbox, makes just about the same power as a CB500X, mid range adventure bike for a little over 5k ??, come on MCN cant you see value when it jumps out in front of you.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
hard luggage available.
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 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.

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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