The adventure motorcycle segment is one of, if not the fastest growing segment in the market today.

It appears that just about every company has an ‘adventure motorcycle’ in their lineup, well Benelli have joined the fray and I got to see one of their motorcycles up close and personal this week while walking around Quito, Ecuador.

It’s the Benelli TRK502 Adventure, but I have to wonder what were they thinking, did they just slap ‘adventure’ on the name to join in!

a few specs that I found

  • Displacement 499.6 cc
  • Maximum Power 47 BHP @ 8500 rpm
  • Maximum Torque 45 NM @ 4500 rpm
  • Number of Cylinders 2
  • Number of Gears 6
  • Seat Height 815 mm
  • Ground Clearance 230 mm
  • Kerb/Wet Weight 210 kg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 20 liters

Looking at the specs a little closer, cc, that’s ok for fuel efficiency, except it has 47hp trying to move a bike that weighs almost the same as BMW f800 GS with half the horsepower, so power to weight ratio is severely lacking. Six-speed is nice, lower seat height than a lot of comparable bikes.

The one thing that stood out for me was the exhaust, as the lowest point on the whole bike, to me to add the ‘adventure’ tag to a model I would expect it to be able to do a few basic things without causing the bike to stall or cause damage, things like river/ water crossings or going over a few rocks, or speed bumps. Or is it just another gloried street bike with knobby tires and aluminum luggage?

Looking at this model it makes me wonder do motorcycle companies do market research anymore, do they know what we as riders look for in a sub 1000cc motorcycle.

Would you be in the market to buy this and have you ever been asked to be included in a market research questionnaire by a motorcycle company?

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