Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli had launched their first adventure tourer in India, namely the TRK 502 and TRK 502X, back in February. Recently, the TRK 502X successfully conquered the highest motorable road (Khardungla) in stock condition, starting from Manali, covering Jispa – Baralacha – Sarchu – More Plains – Tanglang La and Leh along the way. The ADV covered almost 1800kms in 7 days.
Post this feat, the team, along with the Benelli TRK 502X, continued to ride into the deserts of Nubra Valley. They then went rode onto the Pangong lake followed by an off-road stretch of around 150kms to the Tsomoriri Lake.
Furthermore, Benelli says that the TRK 502X marched on to complete the ride back to Manali without facing any technical or performance related issues due to ice-cold weather, varied terrain or even the high altitudes.
The TRK 502X is powered by a 500cc twin-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine with 4-valves per cylinder. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the ADV gets a trellis frame made of steel tubes and plates.
Upfront, both the 502 and 502X come with 50mm upside-down forks, while the rear gets a vertically mounted
mono-shock. The adventure-ready TRK 502X gets Metzeler tyres measuring 110/80 – 19inch front and 150/70 – 17inch at the rear, both of which are wrapped onto spoked rims.
The TRK 502X uses twin 320mm floating discs with a 2-piston caliper at the front and a single 260mm disc with one piston calliper at the rear with dual-channel switchable ABS. The TRK 502X is available in 3 colour options – Red, White and Graphite Grey and is priced at INR 5.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, India).