Benelli TRK 502

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  2. camionjeep

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    Hi, new here, and while I do own a Tre K (Three Cylinder in Italian), rather than being a TRK, it's the big brother 1130 Amazonas triple. Does anyone know if there is a thread for them somewhere on Advrider? I can't find any aftermarket gear for it at all, not even a sump guard.
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  3. ChopperCharles

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    I sat on a fully-decked-out TRK502X, with the taller suspension, larger wheels, and the OEM hard bags. What you don't understand when you see the bike in videos or photos is how truly MASSIVE this bike is. It's BIG. It's TALL. It's LONG. The passenger accommodation is equal to that of any large adventure bike. I'm 5'9" with a 31" inseam, and I was on tiptoes. Not the balls of my feet, my toes. It's a very top heavy bike, especially with the truly GIGANTIC luggage installed. Seriously, the panniers are twice as large as my Tusk panniers, and I'm pretty sure a small woman can curl up inside the topcase. Like seriously, the bags are the same dimensions as Tusk hard panniers, but just twice as wide. This makes the bike really wide as well. My dealership is selling the bike at MSRP, but discounting the luggage and adding it at their cost, which is $800 for the full set.

    This bike is not meant for minimalist touring. This is an everything including the kitchen sink bike, with a passenger sipping a frappachino while you're blasting down the interstate chatting on intercoms kind of bike. While it may be *capable* of some gnarly off-road riding, I'd never feel comfortable on anything but the street. And...since that's the case, were I to get one I'd save a bunch of money and get the standard version. It sits a full inch lower, has a low-slung exhaust so panniers don't stick out so far on the right, a 17" front rim and tubeless tires.

    That said, you may disagree with me about the off-road capabilities. I'd never dream of taking those big huge bikes Ewan and Charlie took around the world on anything more than a well-graded dirt road. If you're fine with that, then this might be the bike for you. It's really huge. REALLY big. The motor is midsized, but the rest of the bike is just LARGE in every way.

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  4. ChopperCharles

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    If anyone gets a TRK502 of any flavor, and you find your speedometer is wildly inaccurate, I found a way to enter a calibration frequency for the Benelli Leoncino. The same trick also works for the TNT135 (the grom killer), and chances are good it will work for the TRK502 as well. You'll have to make your own calculations though. Here's the info: https://advrider.com/f/threads/my-n...i-leoncino-trail.1487527/page-2#post-41777943

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  5. HuntWhenever

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    My local multi-brand dealer started selling Benelli. They have a TRK 502X on the floor. Looks like a lot of bike for the money. :thumb
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    Almost sounds like they built the proportions/weight too large for the motor size/ power to weight ratio?

    The nose looks too large proportionality imo. Why do all that for a 500 twin?
    Honda did get the proportions correct on their 500X and that other 500 twin looks good. I figured the size is close to a RX4 but I guess no?

    31" inseam and you are on your tip toes?
    Too tall for a ADV bike. I don't get who built this bike? Make it big, tall and probably heavy then use a smaller motor?

    So who has pics???
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  7. ChopperCharles

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    I like it because it’s a big touring bike without a big price tag. It is pretty much the GL500 Interstate reborn as a Benelli.
    I’ve not sat on or even seen an rx4 in person, but compared to an rx3 it is truly massive. There’s room for a fat ass rider and a fat ass passenger to be comfortable. The windshield has windshields. Little side deflectors that smooth out the airflow. It appears to be a very well designed bike. It won’t be fast with that motor, but it will be exceedingly smooth and competent.

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    I have wandered around two multi brand dealers this week and both had Benelli's on the showroom floor
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    Just bought one. Finish not far off from Vstrom, Ive owned 7 years . Easy, fun handling, Great looks. Fits well into GS, Multi, etc. Lots of attention.

    Super price.


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    I took this one out for a test ride yesterday . I went in to ride the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and saw this afterwards - I must admit I'd never even heard of it , Benelli of course , but not this new Chinese built Adventure bike . Pretty good looking , quite top heavy compared with GS , but comfortable, great riding position, gearbox, handling, vision etc. If you can get your head around slower acceleration and lower top speed , I think value for money it is great .
    I did however follow this Ferrari on the way home and wondered if he could live with a Fiat engine under the bonnet ..........

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  14. minkyhead

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    ttok apunt on a502x after talking to aguy who had run two of them ....
    did alot of reading up and you tubing as you do ....the cumuppance of that was there are literally hundreds of ride reports on them ..what i noticed while trolling throuh all the stuff .was that i couldnt really find a negative bad review ..and then digging around it seems there are literally thousands of the things ..and very strong sales in some countrys ..ive used the search on here but cant find a502 thread at all

    https://www.rideapart.com/news/5173...ampaign=RSS-category-adventure-and-dual-sport

    i know they have been up and running now for 5 years ...so going hrough the ads on ebay one turned up 9 months old 1500 miles pretty much everything a guy needs to tour ......big bonus was they guy bought it from a dealer 6 miles from my house and the warrany has 15 months left so bollocks to it ill have pop at it ..the deal 4 grand no offers and that was fine by me .. bloke was kind enough to let me have little test ride and it seemed to ride nice enough so i paid him and picked it up

    still pretty impressd that 4 grand buys this

    ive run over the years 3 varderos dl1000 dl650 klr650xt660z 1150 gs 1200gs yamt7 pegaso so i kind of know that 40odd horses can move you about pretty well

    so i knocked off 220 miles on it on the way home ...and om not inclined to tell porkies to cover up my impulsive folly i grew into the ride pretty quick ...i wanted it as a pure soft tourer and just taking it off the side stand says id rather stick pins in my eys than take it on anything but a dry gravel track ...its no off roader ..full stop

    the heavy high tank makes itself known and at first feels abit clumsy in corners but by the end of the ride id adjusted alot to it and it was fun and super stable one you had chucked it in ..tourance tyres were good and a deffinate conected feel the the wheels wet roads and very sure footed ..once you had wound it up a bit it it was happy to play between 50 and 80mph in reasoble good fashion
    this is one comfy bike ...super comfy for my 6dt1 frame exelent screen just need a small extander /mra wing which i have aclip and its serene ....i did forty motorway miles at 75 80mph and it was no bother and could if were possible of left me hnads off the bars engine was bit slow low down to get going but between 4 and 7 it was surpringly good ..that said it would pull 6th gear from 25mph with no complaing super smooth
    all through the ride back id been very imprtessed by the supension ,,them 50mm front forks obviously contain more than a watch spring ...they were impressive ..the rear was pretty firmy sprung but damped great ..the bike actually has zero stattic sag i think the preload is would up a but much ...the suspension overall is way above anything you would expect at this pricepoint ..its very very good ..plush as feck good rbound damping and shock adjust for compression and rebound too ..ride quality is extreamly pleasing and probaly the standout best point of a bike that really should not ridethis well in that regard ....

    i got home and then went out again and bounced it over the crap bumpy back road i know and it just soaked it all up like sponge super stable ..slowish to steer on tight stuff but on rails in faster sweepers .....its no where near as sporty as me old t7 which was great handing bike ..but i tell you now for roadwork the china bike has way way better boingers off road would be a mute point as its a tank

    anyway what id say is if you want softer road tourer ..for a solo jaunt ..its a great comfy soft as yer pocket tourer its worth atest ride

    ...it may blow up it may not ...... tbo theres nothing at all suggesting to me that the bike is shoddy in anyway ...and to be fair ive riden afew ....

    in the massive 220miles ive done i can say its exceed all expectations i had of it ........

    i like it i know that now and ill see how it fairs up till the warranty expires ...
    there really isnt anything this bike needs to set off apart from a screen lip .if it holds up its a bargain if it doesnt ...well we all take a punt now and again

    wish me luck


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  16. NSFW

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    saw one today here in Maribor Slovenia and met the rider - Federico from Rome or Zero Highways on the forum. hope he chimes in and shares his travels and experiences with the TRK502X. what a sweet bike, twin 500 cc
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  17. Zero HighWays

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    Hi Joel, thanks for this nice photo, let's hope the owner of the cob isn't an ADV member :D
    It was an honour meeting you!
    I'll start with pleasure to share my round the world adventure with my TRK here on the forum.
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  18. ChopperCharles

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    I bought a Benelli Leoncino Trail in Feb 2021 and I'm super happy with it. I'm excited to hear about your travels with the ADV bike (which shares the same motor).

    Charles.
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    Nice bike the Leoncino!
    I'll start as soon as possible to share info and photos of my round the world trip, I just need few days to be focused on scheduled maintenance, finding new tires, editing new videos and things like that, that are getting urgent and priority
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    it will be very interesting to see how your trip goes how the bike holds up ect

    i took mine for short tour managed 1000 miles in four days on four tanks of fuel on day 1 239 miles on 14.8 litres of petrol ..so well ove 5 litres to spare non motorway varying spped up to 80mph
    i enjoyed the trip it was easy to ride very comfy and very stable cornered well did a few fireroads but the bike is to heavy for anything more for me and the standing position /tank is awful for this ...i just sat down and went steady it really isnt much good for anything other than gravel ..to be fair its not what i bought it for and i found it quite liberating not having to ponder tyres and guards and pegs ect ..the bike has benifitted greatly from fitting a15t front sprocket as apparantly they use 14/44 for off road where the road version uses 14/42 ..im trying 15/42 at the moment and its a pretty calm cruise in the high 70s sat nav with 86 on the clock being a real world 78mph at 6500 revs
    its not a quick bike by any streach ..i have run varderos dl1000s gs1200s 1150s t7 and some pretty handy 130bhp sport tourers so i am used to bikes with a lot more grunt than the trk ..it cant be exxpected to match those big bikes in turn of speed of course but i really didnt find the bike too slow in real word touring it accelerates enough to deal and overtake most daily traffic and it would trot along at decent pace best ridden without forcing the speed and shifting aroun 6.5k i did a lot of single track tar and the motor is super flexable you really can leave it in 5th gear and from 25mph it pulls clean and flawless its like riding a autmatic not what you would think at all at 35mph you can choose any gear u want its very very easy to ride lazy ...gearbox is as good as anything from japan that ive owned ..what it was good at was holding the momentum through the corners while being extreamly comfy and extreamly protective from the weather ..suspension i think is above average and certainly way better than my old vee stroms for sure .tank range is huge and have no complaints at all at the price point it ispretty decent on the road quite plush without excessive dive on the brakes ..brakes are alittle wooden at low pressures but they are pretty strong and you can stop in short order id you ever need to
    all in all i had a really nice four days touring and at a touring pace the bike does very well indeed ..it has susperised me quite abit it is not the most exciting thing ive ever ridden but it is a pleasent place to sit and watch the world go by ...given it is heavy and 47hp a2 licence it really has ridden alot better than i expected . im not planning to shove it back on ebay i quite like it now ive lived on it for a few days ..seems ideal for some nice soft touring and the price is plain silly


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