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BENELLI TRK 502 (2017-on) Review

Published: 08 May 2017

Updated: 08 April 2019

For me it’s the first Chinese-built bike I can take seriously…

Benelli TRK 502 ridden on UK roads

For me it’s the first Chinese-built bike I can take seriously…

  • At a glance
  • 499cc  -  47 bhp
  • 49 mpg  -  215 miles range
  • Medium seat height (840mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £5,499
    Used: £3,800 to £5,500 See all BENELLI TRK 502s for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Effectively the TRK 502 X is a full-sized adventure bike that happens to be powered by an A2-compliant, 47bhp motor. In that sense it’s a little different to its closest rival, Honda’s CB500X, which is a more novice-orientated, more manageable machine. But the Benelli is undoubtedly a winner as well, with appealing (for some) full-sized proportions, great spec and nearly-as-good performance – all for a brilliant price.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Although a budget, A2 bike, the TRK 502 X is very much a full-sized adventure bike with the beefy, long travel suspension to match.

Benelli TRK 502 is an A2-compliant bike that doesn't cost a lot

Ride is adequately plush, steering, while not as sharp as some, is OK, it wears decent Metzeler Tourance semi-knobbly tyres and its big seat and broad screen means it’s all-day comfortable as well. Yes, it could do with a touch more quality and refinement, but it’s also far better than you might expect.

Engine 4 out of 5

The star is the Benelli 500cc, 47bhp, A2-compliant parallel twin. Beforehand I’d half expected something crude or wheezy, maybe a rehash of the old KLE500 motor or similar. In reality it matches its closest rival, the purpose built 471cc, 47bhp parallel twin of the Honda CB500X, for performance (it’s only slightly slower due to the TRK’s extra weight), betters its character, slick gearchange and exhaust note and only lags in terms of frugality.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Yes, the Benelli’s a budget, Chinese-built bike so questions inevitably remain about dealers, durability and residuals. But when an entry into motorcycling is this desirable, stylish and cheap (and the base version, is even cheaper), how much of that really matters? For me, it’s the first Chinese bike I can take fully seriously…

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

Wow! If you want a full-size adventure bike at a budget price, can cope with the Benelli’s big, full-adventure size and trust in the now Chinese-owned company’s infrastructure, dealers and residuals, the TRK 502 X is simply a brilliant-value all-rounder. Don’t forget, at that money you could get an X, luggage, heated grips and a posh can and STILL be cheaper than its closest rival, Honda’s CB500X. Who said adventure bikes had to be expensive?

Equipment 4 out of 5

There’s no getting away from the fact that the Benelli’s impressively equipped. There’s the base TRK 502 at just over £5K, which has more street-orientated 17in cast alloy wheels, lower seat height and so on; while the 502 X here, a bit like BMW’s Adventure version of their GS, is more off-roady with 19/17in wire wheels, longer travel suspension (so is 10mm taller), bash plate and crash protection bars - all for around £5K.

The Benelli TRK 502's front wheel

It also has twin disc brakes, beefy 50mm inverted forks, 12v socket, hand guards, mainstand and luggage rack. Some of this may not be the very latest (the clocks, for example, are a little old-fashioned) or even best quality (on our test bike there was already the odd spot of rust and some of the fasteners weren’t the best), but for the money it’s difficult to complain.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £5,499
Used price £3,800 to £5,500
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £66
Annual service cost £110
Performance
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 33 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Tank range 215 miles
Specification
Engine size 499cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 235kg
Front suspension 50mm inverted forks no adjust
Rear suspension single shock, preload adjust
Front brake 2 x 320mm front discs with 2-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 260mm rear disc with single-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2017: TRK 502 and X version introduced. X is a taller, more off-road orientated version with wire wheels (including a 19in front), longer travel suspension and added crash protection.

Other versions

TRK 502: Standard, more road-orientated version has cast wheels (including a smaller, 17in front, 10mm shorter suspension and less crash protection.

Owners' Reviews

9 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 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.6 out of 5
5 out of 5

A bike you should own before anything else.

09 October 2019 by Sir Jean Claude Martin

Being my first bike, I love it because since it a motorcycle and carry lots of road dangers on the road, it will make you feel safe on it. Being large in its presence it will make you noticeable on the road and also it's a head turner. The weight is barely noticeable when moving and changing directions, but when pushing it you start to noticing its weight and when you accidentally drop it you will be able to bring it back to its feet, but its not the end of the world unless you are a weak and have no balls. The crash bars are nice for the eyes and peace of mind cause if you drop the bike you will not damage anything just the paint of the crash bars them self.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Ride quality is nice and balanced. No sign of any fatigues. I personally nick named my bike "Rolls Royce" I ride the bike an a daily basis & always looking forward to saddle the bike asap. With "spongy" brakes I never got any idea of what people meant by it? The brakes are fine especially when applying force on the front dual 320mm rotors. I mean the rear ones are meant to used to control the bike not stop it in an instant. What's wrong with you people?!
Engine
5 out of 5
Now I'm a guy who likes speed more than anything, but the bike doesn't urge you to rip it, its smooth, sensible, comfy. Always make you feel relaxed and enjoying the ride like you never wants it to end. Even the sound of the engine its quite unique being 360 degree crank there isn't a lot like it, it has a nice note to it. Power delivery is smooth and safe, linear no surges or wheel spinning or wheelie.after all its a 48bhp A2 license bike.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The bike is built like a tank, its not heavy for nothing and for me that is a reassuring enough that this bike is built to work and most importantly to last. Now I assure you that with time you will start noticing some spots with rust, which again its not that big of a deal. I just paint or spray the spots with hammerite paint and I'm happy not just "paint it" attitude it has to meet my standards which are a little high on these things. So far with 6k on the clock no other problems.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Just keep an eye on the service intervals and you should be safe from spending big money.
Equipment
4 out of 5
My favourite accessory on the bike is the USB charger, it standard option and very useful. The only thing that I wished to be standard is the centre stand which is not available as an option on the TRK but on the X is standard. But managed to find one aftermarket and I'm uber happy with it.
2 out of 5

Maybe i've just got a "Friday afternoon model"?

09 August 2019 by JRH

Save up an extra grand and buy a decent used GS!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Suspension is a bit hard when pushing it along bumpy back roads, have been bounced out of the seat a few times, but screen and fairings make it a pleasant enough ride. Brakes are spot on, haven't yet managed to bring the ABS in, so can't comment on that!
Engine
2 out of 5
Revvy, and pokey enough. 2nd and 3rd gear scream like a banshee (not normal?) and when warm, the valve train rattles like an old Ford crossflow!
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Plastics are very good quality, dash is a bit basic but who needs clutter? The downside: Battery lasted 3 days and crapped itself, at 190 miles the ignition barrel dropped out as the bolts hadn't been threadlocked, at 500 miles the front brakes started shuddering badly, MOT brake rollers show 25kg fluctuation - Instant fail! And now one of the lambda probes has failed, and the part is on back order. All before the first service!
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Hasn't yet had it's first service
Equipment
3 out of 5
Basic, but less to go wrong compared to say a fully loaded GS with electronic everything!
5 out of 5

10 July 2019 by Roni

For the price you pay you get much more then what many much more expensive bikes has to offer.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Very comfortable and really dose the job.
Engine
4 out of 5
I would love to have some more HP, but this is an A1 bike
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
After a year,13k km, going sometimes off-road and taking me to work every day. I haven't had any problem
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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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
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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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.

Photo Gallery

  • Benelli TRK 502 ridden on UK roads
  • Benelli TRK 502 cornering shot
  • Benelli TRK 502 engine
  • Benelli TRK 502 exhaust
  • Benelli TRK 502 front wheel
  • Benelli TRK 502 fairing
  • Benelli TRK 502 instrument panel
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