-Benelli 502C launched in India
-Prices start from Rs.4.98 lakh (Ex-showroom)
-Compete against Kawasaki Vulcan S
Benelli has finally entered the mid-size cruise sector in India with the launch of the 502C. The motorcycle is priced at Rs.4.98 lakh (Ex-showroom), making it about Rs.1 Lakh cheaper than the Kawasaki Vulcan S, its closest competitor. Reservations for the bike are open for Rs.10,000 and are available in two color options: matte black and matte cognac red.
The Benelli 502C features a powerful cruising stance clearly inspired by the Ducati Diavel 1260. There is a distinctive-looking low-profile headlight, a massive teardrop-shaped fuel tank, a short section and a tail pontoon. Adding to its visual appeal are elements such as the upside-down, chunky front forks and a hunting rifle-style dual exhaust. The bike’s feature list isn’t nearly as long as it is with full LED lighting, digital console and two-channel ABS.
The 502C is powered by a liquid-cooled, in-line-twin 500cc engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. This mill also works with the siblings TRK 502 and Leoncino 500 and produces 46.8 bhp of power at 8500 rpm and 46 Nm of maximum torque at 6000 rpm.
With a wide handlebar, front footrests, and a large seat, it should be comfortable for travel. Interestingly, the position of the footrests can be adjusted with a small margin. Another element that adds to its touring credentials is the large 21-litre fuel tank. Built around a steel trellis frame, the 502C rides on 17-inch alloy wheels. Suspension tasks are handled with upside-down forks and a monoshock. Braking is carried out by two discs in the front and one in the rear.