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ADV News2021 Benelli TRK 502 Adventure Bike Hits U.S. Shores

2021 Benelli TRK 502 Adventure Bike Hits U.S. Shores

 Benelli brings its popular mid-range adventure bike to America.

Published on 09.11.2020

Back in 2017 we got word from Benelli that they’d be bringing their TRK 502 to the U.S. as a 2018 model. Those plans fell through but the intentions to bring their new adventure bike to America never waned. ADV Pulse has now confirmed with Benelli that plans to bring the TRK 502 and TRK 502 X to the U.S. are not only back on track, but 2021 models are currently arriving on dealer showroom floors. We’re not sure what happened with the delay, but we are excited to be getting a new option in the ever-growing midrange ADV segment.

The Benelli TRK502 comes in two versions: the road-going standard TRK 502 and the more rugged, dirt-oriented TRK 502X. At the heart of the bike, is a 500cc 4-valve parallel-twin DOHC engine with EFI and a 6-speed gearbox. The engine, developed by Benelli, is fueled by a 5.3 gallon tank, pumping out 47 horsepower and 34 ft-lb of peak torque.


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A steel trellis frame incorporates a 50mm inverted fork with 5.5 inches of suspension travel. Out back, a monoshock offers preload and rebound damping adjustment in the standard model, along with compression damping adjustment on the 502X. The standard 502 rear shock provides 1.77 inches of stroke and the 502X gets 2.44 inches (rear suspension travel not provided). Seat height for the TRK 502 is 32.8 inches and the 502X is a little taller at 33.9 inches. A higher-positioned exhaust also gives the TRK 502X additional ground clearance in off-road situations compared to the road going TRK 502.

Recent refinements to the line include backlit handlebar switches and new ergo adjustments at the handlebars, along with a range of minor bodywork and graphical refinements. Both models are appointed with a tall touring windscreen and stepped seating to give the rider comfort on longer journeys, plus a set of 320mm semi-floating front discs and 260mm single disc out back to handle braking. The standard 502 gets 17” cast aluminum rims front and back while the 502X gets a set of 19”/17” spoke wheels for improved performance and durability in the dirt. A set of engine guards and center stand also come standard on the 502X.

The Benelli TRK 502 and 502X come in White, Red, Blue and Anthracite Grey but only the White and Grey color schemes are available in the U.S. at this time. The TRK 502 has an MSRP of $5,999 and the 502X is $6,399. For more details visit usa.benelli.com.

Benelli TRK 502 / 502X Specs

Engine Type:DOHC Parallel twin, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement:499.6cc
Fuel System:Fuel injection with 37mm throttle body
Horsepower :47 hp @ 8,500 rpm
Maximum Torque (est):34 ft-lb at 6,000 rpm
Transmission:6 speed
Lubrication:Wet Sump
Final Drive:Chain drive
Starting System:Electric
Frame:Steel Trellis frame
Front Suspension:Adjustable 50mm inverted forks
Rear Suspension:Mono-shock rear swingarm with spring preload adjustment, rebound damping and compression damping (502X only)
Front Suspension Travel:5.5 inches (140mm)
Rear Shock Stroke:TRK 502: 1.77″ (45mm);  TRK 502X: 2.44″ (62mm)
Front Brake:Twin 320mm semi-floating disks with 4 piston calipers and ABS
Front Wheel:TRK 502: 120/70 – ZR17 (Cast); TRK 502X: 110/80 – R19 (Spoke)
Rear Wheel: TRK 502: 160/60 – ZR17 (Cast); TRK 502X: 150/70 – R17 (Spoke)
Seat Height:TRK 502: 32.8 inches (835mm); TRK 502X: 33.9 inches (860mm)
Ground Clearance:TRK 502: 7.5 inches (190mm); TRK 502X: 8.3 inches (210mm)
Wheelbase:50.3 inches (1505mm)
Rear Brake:260mm Single disc with single piston caliper and ABS
Dry Weight:470 pounds (213kg)
Fuel Capacity:5.3 gallons (US) – 20L

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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25 thoughts on “2021 Benelli TRK 502 Adventure Bike Hits U.S. Shores

  1. 470lbs dry weight? That’s exactly what my 2009 R1200GS weighs, with over twice the HP and a lower center of gravity. How does this make any sense?

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  3. You can pick up a used low mileage GS for less than the MSRP of this Chinese bike and I bet the GS will still outlive the Benelli and have spare parts available long after the Benelli doesn’t.

  4. Its a shame these middleweight touring/adventure bikes don’t at least offer factory-installed electronic cruise-control as an option. The only one that does is the BMW F750GS but that is well over $13k out the door after choosing that option!

  5. I had the X model for 2 years, did major off road trips with him and the bike was very reliable, one of the most comfortable bikes ever

  6. Pingback: Benelli Is Bringing the TRK 502 and TRK 502X to US | Motorcycle News

  7. Some pretty wildly varying pluses and minuses on this bike… and that beak! Looks like it belongs on something quite a bit larger.

  8. Yeah weight, but wish more of the other manufacturers would get with the program with the added accessories which add up so much. Leaving you now over budget.
    Your getting a entry level motorcycle fully loaded MC for $6k to start your journey of Adventure riding, not bad
    Kawasaki Versy X 300 around 6k
    And the Honda 500X around that price also barebone. No accessories included with those 2.

    • I had the Versys x300 and swapped it for the TRKx this year. The TRK knocks spots off the versys for ridability,stability, comfort and quality (all fittings and spokes are stainless) the weight issue is one of translation I think, because the stated dry weight of 213kg is actually the wet weight with all fluids. When you add all the standard kit, its much the same weight as the Honda 500x which, ok, has slightly more power, but the TRK has better torque

  9. On paper, and in price, the Benelli is a viable alternative to a CB500X, but I’m not sure if an extra front brake disc and backlit switches justify a 40 lb weight penalty vs. the Honda. I also like that the 502X offers spoked rims, but the deal killer is not offering a longer-travel, upgraded suspension with those trail-ready rims.

  10. This motorcycle is entirely manufactured in China by Qianjiang Group Co. Ltd.
    They own the Benelli brand.
    The bike sells very well in Italy (the Benelli brand somehow makes the chinese origins easier to swallow), but in France, Spain and Germany you can’t find it even in the Top 50.

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