By Chase Hadden
500cc’s For Going Anywhere, Any Time
The adventure market is running a little thin for midsize bikes at the moment. Some adventure riders aren’t too keen on navigating a 1200cc monster up a rocky path, so we welcome the smaller TRK502(X) facelift with open arms.
Benelli and SSR Motorsports just unveiled their new adventure twins, the TRK502 and TRK502X. These mid-size go-anywhere bikes are wrapped around Benelli’s new four-valve 499.6cc parallel twin powerplant. The new engine is a four-stroke, fuel-injected, with dual overhead cams and is liquid-cooled so the bike can avoid overheating when stuck in the mud or other tricky adventure scenarios (or maybe you’re stuck in traffic, that’s okay too).
These bad boys are fully equipped with a total of six gears for a wide spectrum of throttle control, built with rugged adventure in mind boasting a steel tube trellis frame, inverted front fork with 5.3 inches of travel, and the rear suspension with adjustable preload.
If you’re concerned about fuel issues, the bikes come with 20L (5.28 gal) tanks, although with the adjustable suspension coming in handy, you might as well strap a jerrycan to the back of it t0 get a little more distance out of your ride. My FJ09 (tracer) runs an 18L tank and I’ve never really had fuel concerns, but when you’re out in the middle of nowhere rocketing up the side of a mountain you never know what could happen.
Phew. Glad we got all that out of the way.
To clear up any confusion, the TRK502x is a TRK502 with a few creature-comforts for the adventure rider looking for higher ground clearance, wire-spoke wheels, and all a bike more suited for ADV riding despite looking quite similar at first glance.
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