Advertisement
Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com
Bike Review

Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Can Benelli’s mid-sized adventure-tourer help the company establish a greater foothold in the country? Let’s compare it to its rivals to find out

Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300
Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300
outlookindia.com
2018-08-09T17:35:43+05:30

It is no secret that Benelli has had a rough time since the real estate arm of its partner, DSK Motowheels, filed for bankruptcy. However, that is set to become a thing of the past as the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has now tied up with a Hyderabad-based company, Mahavir Group, to continue assembling and selling its motorcycles in the country. It has even planned a slew of motorcycles for the market. Seven to be precise, including the adventure-friendly Benelli TRK 502.

Kawasaki Versys 650

However, the presence of established brands and the arrival of new motorcycles in the segment will ensure that Benelli won’t have an easy ride. Although the TRK 502 is yet to hit Benelli’s showrooms, we have compared its specifications to its rivals’ to see how it will fare in the country.

Engine -

A quick look at the spec sheet is enough to give you a brief idea of the TRK 502’s adventure touring capabilities. With a peak torque of 45Nm that kicks in way before the others, expect the Benelli to offer brilliant performance off the road. With the exception of the BMW G 310 GS, all three motorcycles pack an extra cylinder. This helps the engine to be relatively stress-free as compared to a single-cylinder motor.

BMW G 310 GS

That said, BMW is well known for their top-notch engineering and refinement. Although it may not be as smooth and stress-free as the Italians and Japanese steeds featured here, it should be able to hold its own against its rivals. The Benelli TRK 502 is expected to be priced around the Rs 5 lakh mark. At this price point, the Versys-X 300 should be a closer rival to the TRK than the Versys 650.

Features -

Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300

In terms of features, the Benelli TRK 502 packs a very humble list. This includes a semi-digital instrument console that offers basic readouts, LED DRLs and an LED tail lights. It also gets brackets for panniers and a tail bag. The BMW G 310 GS packs a fully-digital instrument console but misses out on any form of LED lighting. The Versys-X 300, on the other hand, gets a lot more than the aforementioned features. It gets auxiliary lamps, panniers and knuckle guards as standard. You also get an engine guard to protect the motor from falling victim to heavy-duty off-roading. However, it's semi-digital instrument cluster does look a bit dated.

Kawasaki Versys 650

The Versys 650 shows its age against its competition. Although it has a premium price tag, it misses out on most of the electronic goodies apart from ABS and a semi-digital instrument console.

Underpinnings -

Adventure tourers are considered the Swiss army knives of the motorcycling world. They have the ability to much miles while being capable of tackling even the toughest of the terrains. Keeping the former part in mind, the Benelli TRK 502 gets a mammoth 20-litre fuel tank, second only to the Versys 650, which comes with a 21-litre tank. The TRK 502 also has the added advantage of an Indian rider-friendly seat height of just 800mm. This should put those worried about its weight of 213kg (kerb) at ease.

BMW G 310 GS

The Versys-X 300 grabs the third spot with a decent fuel tank capacity of 17 litres while featuring a saddle that’ not too tall at 815mm. It is also quite light for a twin-cylinder motorcycle at 184kg (kerb). The BMW 310 GS comes dead last in this regard. It packs a measly 11-litre fuel tank while being a pain for short riders with a seat height of 835mm. All motorcycles featured here get switchable ABS as standard. If we had to pick a winner, it’d be the Benelli TRK 502.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

It should also be mentioned that the TRK 502 is two versions - standard and off-road - in various international markets. The standard variant gets 17-inch alloy wheels and road-biased tyres, while the latter gets spoke wheels with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels with dual-sport tyres. Both versions are expected to come to India with a price difference ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 between the two.

Pricing -


Although the TRK 502 is still some time away from making its debut in the country, sources close to the company has revealed an estimated pricing of Rs 5 lakh. This gives it the potential to be the best value-for-money ADV in the mid-level segment.

Spec Comparo: Benelli TRK 502 vs BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300

However, all this is just on paper. Benelli motorcycles don’t have a good reputation when it comes to long-term ownership. That said, it’s still quite early to pass a judgement. We’ll be sure to put it through a proper road test comparison when it finally hits the showroom.


Source: zigwheels.com

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement