Benelli TRK 251 ADV is scheduled to launch in India by the end of 2019. The quarter-litre ADV is expected to compete against the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Benelli just launched its first ADV, TRK 502 in India. It is a middle-weight adventure motorcycle, equipped with a 500cc parallel-twin cylinder engine. TRK 502 is available in two variants – 502 and 502X.
At the launch event, Benelli officials confirmed that a mini version of the TRK502 is also headed towards India. The quarter-litre adventure motorcycle is being considered and could debut by the end of this year.
Benelli TRK 251 was unveiled at the 2018 EICMA in the production form. It is a scaled down version of the TRK 502, but still looks very capable. It might be one of the most affordable ADVs in India.
Benelli TRK 251 comes with a 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine. The engine is able to deliver 25.8 BHP and 21.2 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Also, Benelli has confirmed that the TRK 251 will their first BS-6 product in India. The emission norms are scheduled to kick in from April 2020. To avoid a long procedure afterwards, it was decided to launch the ADV with a an updated engine.
Currently, only a couple of motorcycles including the Jawa are equipped with BS-6 engine. After the inclusion of updated engines, the prices of the two-wheelers will considerably increase.
For suspension purposes, Benelli TRK 251 will be equipped with 41mm Upside-Down forks and Swingarm with Central Shock Absorbers. Braking will be handled by front and rear disc brakes with switchable dual-channel ABS.
Features onboard expected include Halogen projector headlamps, LED DRLs, split seats, luggage carrier, large windscreen and a fully digital TFT colour display cluster.
Benelli TRK 251 will squarely go up against Royal Enfield Himalayan. The RE bike is currently, the most affordable adventure motorcycle in India. It is priced at Rs 1.87 Lakhs (ex-showroom).
If it is going against the Himalayan, we expect it to carry a price tag of Rs 2 Lakhs. Definitely, it will be priced more than Himalayan, but not much to make a big difference.
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