Let’s do this, TRK 502X vs Versys 650 vs V-Strom 650
Benelli TRK 502X vs Versys 650, we have been waiting for this for more than a year. Benelli just launched TRK 502X in India at Rs 5.4 lakh ex-showroom. This price makes it one of the most affordable middleweight adventure-tourer motorcycle with impressive off-roading components. The bike still requires intense road tests to check how it performs in the real world conditions.
Benelli has two main rivals here, no they are not 500 cc but 650 cc bikes. The Kawasaki Versys 650 and Suzuki V-Strom 650. These bikes are obviously more powerful than the TRK 502X but wait, let’s not forget that India is a price conscious market.
Benelli TRK 502X vs Kawasaki Versys 650
The Kawasaki Versys 650 retails at a price of Rs 6.7 Lakh ex-showroom which is straight 1.3 Lakh more than the 502X. One must also take note of the fact that Versys is a road going tourer which must be compared with TRK 502 which carries a price tag of just Rs 5,00,000 ex-showroom. The price difference now widened to Rs 1.7 Lakh which will surely make a prospective buyer think twice. The TRK 502X is a full-fledged Adventure-Tourer with off-roading components like longer travel suspension, larger front wheel, spoked wheels etc.
Kawasaki Versys 650 is powered by 649 cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin motor. The engine churns out 68 bhp and 64 Nm torque. The numbers on Kawasaki is way higher than 502X’s milder 47 bhp and 46 Nm twisting force. Let’s not be greedy for power, Benelli can become the stepping stone for the riders who want an upgrade from, say Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Benelli has a higher ground clearance of 220 mm versus 170 mm on the Kawasaki. The exhaust system sits under the belly on Versys whereas on the 502X it is mounted on the right side, away from the ground. Seat Height of both the bikes is the same as 840 mm and none of these bikes offer slipper clutch as well.
Also Read: 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650 launched
Benelli 502X versus Suzuki V-Strom 650
Okay, this adventure tourer is even more powerful at 71 bhp but a lesser torque of 62 Nm than the Versys 650. Suzuki’s bike requires a huge sum of money to own, price tag of Rs 7.45 Lakh is not less. Benelli 502X is whole Rs 2.05 Lakh cheaper than the V-Strom 650. This Suzuki is made to run even where there is no road. Yes, it gets a larger front wheel of 19 inches similar to 502X. The tyres are dedicated to pure off-roading one more same-pinch to the Benelli 502X.
When we talk about technology and features, Suzuki V-Strom is far ahead of Benelli. V-Strom has a boat-load of tech on offer, traction control system, which has different modes for different terrains and weathers. There is a tech which doesn’t allow the engine to stall when running at lower rpm. The instrument cluster of Suzuki also offers a great deal of information to the rider.
But there is a catch, and that is, V-Strom 650 is more than 2 Lakh rupees costlier than Benelli’s capable 502X adventure-tourer. If budget allows Suzuki V-Strom can be the bike you want to own otherwise, 502X is great package at least on paper.
What I would like to say is that, if you want to start doing adventure touring and that too at an affordable price point, get TRK 502X or TRK 502. BMW G310 GS is also an option here, but Benelli is a better option here is bike produces more power and torque and also qualify as an adventure-tourer motorcycle considering the components it possesses. Right now, BMW owners won’t look at any other bike for at least 4-5 years.
You can find the detailed specifications in the table below.
Spec Comparo: TRK 502X vs Versys 650 vs V-Strom 650
|Specs||Benelli TRK 502X||Kawasaki Versys 650||Suzuki V-Strom 650|
|Engine||499 cc, Parallel Twin||649 cc, Parallel Twin||645 cc, Parallel Twin|
|Cooling||Liquid Cooled||Liquid Cooled||Liquid Cooled|
|Valvetrain||4-Valve per cylinder, DOHC||4-Valve per cylinder, DOHC||4-Valve per cylinder, DOHC|
|Bore X Stroke||85 mm X 80 mm||83 mm X 60 mm||81 mm X 62.6 mm|
|Max Power||47 bhp @8500 RPM||68 bhp @8500 rpm||71 bhp @8800 rpm|
|Max Torque||46 Nm @5000 RPM||64 Nm @7000 rpm||62 Nm@6500 rpm|
|Fuel Tank||20 Liters||21 Liters||20 Liters|
|Weight||235 Kg||216 Kg||216 Kg|
|Length||2200 mm||2165 mm||2275 mm|
|Width||915 mm||840 mm||910 mm|
|Height||1480 mm||1400 mm||1405 mm|
|Wheelbase||1505 mm||1415 mm||1560 mm|
|Seat Height||840 mm||840 mm||835 mm|
|Ground Clearance||220 mm||170 mm||170 mm|
|Front Suspension||41 mm USD||41 mm USD – 150 mm travel||Telescopic Forks|
|Rear Suspension||Twin Shock Absorbers||MonoShock – 145 mm travel||Link Type MonoShock|
|Front Tyre||110/80-19 Tubeless||120/70ZR17 M/C||110/80R19M/C 59V, tubeless|
|Rear Tyre||150/70-R17 Tubeless||160/60ZR17 M/C||150/70R17M/C 69V, tubeless|
|Front Brake||320 mm Dual Discs||300 mm Dual Discs||Dual Discs|
|Rear Brake||260 mm Single Disc||250 mm Singel Disc||Single Disc|
|Safety||Dual-Channel ABS||Dual-Channel ABS||Dual-Channel ABS, Traction Control|
|Ex-Showroom Price||Rs 5.4 Lakh||Rs 6.7 Lakh||Rs 7.46 Lakh|
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