Author: Oli Rushby in Milan Posted: 18 Nov 2015
Chinese-owned Italian firm Benelli have unveiled an A2-friendly, 500cc adventure bike for 2016.
Powered by a liquid-cooled, 499cc parallel twin producing 35kW (46bhp), the TRK 502 is one of three new models coming to the UK from the classic Italian marque next year.
Built around Benelli’s traditional trestle frame, the TRK 502 joins just a handful of other A2-friendly adventure bikes in the UK market but boasts a much higher spec.
The firm claim the TRK’s adjustable 50mm upside-down front forks and rear shock with adjustable preload provide ‘maximum comfort for rider and passenger’.
Stopping power at the front is provided by two 320mm brembo discs with a four-piston caliper, while the rear features a single, 260mm disc with double-piston caliper. ABS, front and rear, comes as standard.
A large front fairing and decent-sized screen and handguards mean wind shouldn’t be an issue, making the bike an ideal tourer or long-distance commuter.
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The 17-inch aluminium wheels are available in the super-cool adventure bike spoked-style and while the display bike is fitted with Metzeler Karoo off-road tyres, which are an option, as standard the TRK is shod with a more road-suited option.
Benelli say the TRK 502 will be available in the ‘second half’ of 2016 with the price yet to be revealed.