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OFFICIAL: Benelli TRK 702 launched to rival Versys 650, Ténéré 700

By Ollie Barstow

Content and Features Writer



OFFICIAL Benelli TRK 702 launched to rival Versys 650 Tenere 700_01
OFFICIAL Benelli TRK 702 launched to rival Versys 650 Tenere 700_02


Benelli has officially pulled the wraps off its all-new TRK 702 adventure-tourer, the motorcycle it hopes will build on the success of its TRK 502 little brother.

Though something of a niche player in the UK market, Benelli’s global profile has soared in recent years on the back of significant investment from Chinese owners QianJiang Motor (QJ Motor),

Expanding the range and introducing the historic marque to several new markets, while Benelli has quickly found favour in Asia, it is also enjoying a revival of fortunes in its native Italy thanks to the good value TRK 502, which now holds station as the nation’s best-selling motorcycle.

As a result, Benelli is hoping to repeat the trick with the larger TRK 702, which is headlined by an all-new 693cc parallel-twin engine.

Developing 75bhp at 8,500rpm and 68.2Nm of torque at 6,250rpm, the unit powers a choice of two variants of TRK 702; the standard more tourer orientated trim aimed at the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the more off-road focused TRK 702 X, which has the Aprilia Tuareg 660 and Yamaha Ténéré 700 in its sights.



With a look adapted from the TRK 502, the TRK 702 retains a family resemblance - especially the flared-nostril front-end - while appearing to be a more modern interpretation of its rugged aesthetic.

While prices and launch dates are yet to be confirmed, the TRK 702 will be well kitted out with features including heated grips and seat, plus an LCD dashboard display. More excitingly, however, it comes equipped with a high-definition camera integrated into the nose beneath the headlights.

Though pitched towards intrepid riders who might enjoy having a record of their off-road endeavours, it is also a popular retrofit addition to motorcycles in China to provide video evidence in road traffic accident reports or insurance claims.


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