Benelli TRK 502X Image Leaked
Another day and another collection of a Benelli’s spy photos have appeared from his country of origin. The motorcycle in emphasis here is the Benelli TRK 502X. The production-ready bike is, in reality, the QJMotor SRT 500, and the confusing nomenclature is almost finished. QJ Motor is essentially developed for the launch of high-end motorcycles. As Benelli, almost every QJ Motor offering will be rebadged to go on sale in other markets like ours.
If you recall Benelli’s take at affordable ADV-tourers, you may note that there were two versions of the TRK 502. The regular road-oriented one and the Benelli TRK 502X were more comfortable off-road. The spied motorcycle here is most definitely the latter because it features spoke wheels with a wider front-up unit and block-pattern tires.
A closer look at the photos and you’d know that the SRT 500 looks slimmer than the Benelli TRK 502X, without missing out on the bulky approach to the ADV-tourer. It’s still not ‘thin,’ but who likes a compact ADV-tourer again? Compared with the one it is expected to replace, it is much simpler and understated when it comes to the overall approach to design. TRK 502’s bodywork was very cluttered but this isn’t the case with the SRT 500. It retains the front beak but now sports a sleeker look.
Besides updated packaging, we also expect weight reduction and we just hope it turns out to be real. One of the big factors that got the Benelli TRK 502X down was its heavyweight. If SRT 500 turns out to be comparatively lighter, when you take the roads, it’ll be a little more manageable. Some engine updates are planned too. How QJ Motor tuning the engine to the SRT 500 would be fascinating to see.
The front end of the motorcycle is also unveiled in all its glory and features an all-LED lighting system in the headlamp cluster, with a projector screen. The handguards are braced aluminum units to keep your precious hands and levers from heading off the road while you fight this behemoth. It features a tall windscreen, well-cushioned split-seat system along with saddle stays in the back to ensure effortless touring. For better practicality, the spied motorcycle even comes with a decent center stand.
Coming to the powertrain now, it will maintain the same liquid-cooled 500cc parallel-twin engine but in a different state of tune. The BS6-compliant powerplant would most likely produce 49PS versus the BS4-compliant version of the 47.5PS production. The SRT 500 could come in three different models. One will be a road-oriented variant with a collection of alloy wheels, a Marzocchi-based suspension system, and a new aluminum swingarm.
Chances are, two distinct off-road biassed models will come along. Both will come with wire-spoken wheels but will possibly have different braking and suspension configuration. The higher-spec version might feature the Brembo-based braking system while the other might have J.Juan units to do with. Wait for Benelli to carry the TRK 502 twins to our shores next year sometime.
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