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Benelli 502C

Benelli 502C is a cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs. 5,73,976 in India. It is available in 1 variant and 3 colours. It is powered by a 500 cc BS-VI engine. It comes with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement500 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight220 kg

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502C Standard

 5,73,976Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Benelli 502C Summary

502C key highlights

Engine Capacity 500 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 220 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 21 litres
Seat Height 750 mm
Max Power 46.8 bhp

About 502C

Benelli 502C is a cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs. 5,73,976 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 3 colours. The Benelli 502C is powered by 500cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 46.8 bhp and a torque of 46 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Benelli 502C comes up with anti-locking braking system. This 502C bike weighs 220 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 21 liters.

The Benelli 502C gets a sport-cruiser design language that is highlighted by the wide handlebar and forward set foot controls. Its large fuel tank sits on an exposed trellis frame, and the chopped rear section looks clean. Apart from that, it also gets a distinctive-looking full-LED headlamp that completes its styling. It is available in two colours- Matte Cognac Red and Matte Black.

Powering the Benelli 502C is a 500cc, parallel-twin engine that is also used in the Leoncino 500 and TRK 502. This motor churns out 46.8bhp at 8,500rpm and 46Nm at 6,000rpm, and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox.

As for features, the Benelli 502C comes with full-LED lighting, a large 21.5-litre fuel tank, dual-channel ABS and a fully-digital instrument cluster as standard. The suspension duties are taken care of by upside-down forks up front with 135mm of travel and a monoshock at the rear with 50mm of travel. As for braking, it uses a pair of 280mm discs at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear accompanied by a dual-channel ABS.

The motorcycle competes against the Kawasaki Vulcan S in the country.
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Benelli 502C Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Looks aesthetically pleasing
    • Gets massive 21-litres fuel tank
    • 500cc engine churns out decent torque
  • Could be Better

    • Lacks pillion seating comfort
    • Misses out on some modern features
    • Limited sales, service reach

BikeWale's Take

The 502C is a new cruiser from Benelli. The company positions it as an urban motorcycle. The 502C looks quite nice when it comes to styling. While it does resemble the Ducati Diavel, it manages to exhibit its own aesthetic aspects. The motor churns out decent performance. Being a Benelli, the bike isn’t present in many cities due to limited sales and service reach. 

Benelli 502C Review

Read on to know if the Benelli 502C lives up to the “Urban Cruiser” name and if it is worth the Rs 5 lakh price tag it comes with.

Introduction

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Benelli says that it sees heavy potential in the 250cc to 500cc motorcycle segment in India. Its current line-up also holds on to that statement. The brand has the Imperiale 400, Leoncino 500 and the TRK 502 range catering to different masses and it recently introduced a cruiser to the mix in the form of the 502C

And since Benelli handed us the motorcycle to sample over a couple of days, we rode the 502C extensively in and around the city. We also added some kilometres on the odo riding on the open highway.

Read on to know if the Benelli 502C lives up to the “Urban Cruiser” name and if it is worth the Rs 5 lakh price tag it comes with.

Quality

Right Side View

I know what you are thinking, because it came to my mind the first time I saw the 502C as well. It does look strikingly similar to the Ducati Diavel in more ways than one. But this also means that the 502C effortlessly grabs attention wherever it goes. 

Left Side View

The shape of the LED headlamp is the biggest giveaway to the styling reference. Then, there is the large 21-litre fuel tank that makes up for more than half of the 502C’s bodywork. It also gets a cantilever seat design that sacrifices space for the pillion for an aesthetic looking rear end. And speaking of aesthetics, the LED turn signals that are fitted vertically on the tyre-mounted number plate holder look neat and so does the split tail lamp setup. When it comes to quality, the Benelli 502C is well built for the most part with no panel gaps or ill fitted components to be found. However, the switchgear looks and feels cheap and could do with better quality.

Comfort

Benelli 502C Bike Seat

All of the Benelli 502C’s bodywork sits on a tubular trellis frame that is completely different than what the Leoncino 500 uses. In fact, the 502C is longer and lower than the Leoncino and even offers a low seat height of 750mm. So getting on and off the motorcycle even for short riders isn’t a worry. Nor is being able to plant your feet on the ground. 

But with a kerb weight of 216kg, the 502C is a bulky motorcycle and the lack of a grab rail also makes it even more difficult to pull the bike around. However, once seated, moving the 502C does feel a bit manageable.

Benelli 502C action

Now, the Benelli promises to offer a relaxed, cruiser-like riding position with wide handlebars and forward-set controls. While the bars feel nice to hold on to, what I didn’t like is the shape of the fuel tank. The upper edge of the tank offers little knee support, and would surely inconvenience taller riders. That said, the seat is plush at first and locks you in the riding position, but can feel firm after riding a long distance. 

Benelli 502C Front Wheel

As for the ride quality, Benelli needs to work on the 502C’s stiff suspension setup. Since the rider sits right above the monoshock, every bit of feedback is transferred to the lower back. While it is acceptable at speeds of up to 30kmph, any faster than that and the experience turns extremely unpleasant. The front end with the 50mm, inverted forks is also equally stiff sending shocks to the handlebars. 

Performance

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All is not lost though thanks to the 502C’s 498cc, parallel-twin engine. And since this is a Benelli, it undoubtedly sounds great.

This engine is the same as the one on the Leoncino 500 and TRK 502, although with a slightly different tune. It offers 46.8bhp and 46Nm of torque in a linear and predictable manner all through the rev range. It feels smooth and refined with only a few vibes coming in at higher revs on the handlebar.

Benelli 502C action

Moreover, the 502C’s motor is also extremely tractable and can tread as slow as 40kmph in higher gears making it quite forgiving to ride in the city. However, it does require a couple of downshifts to overtake swiftly. And even though the 502C’s output figures are decent, due to its heft, it feels a bit sluggish when you twist the throttle. 

Apart from the wide handlebars posing a problem when filtering through small gaps, the 502C felt agile through traffic. And out on the highway it can cruise at around 130kmph and push past that mark after some coaxing. Did I mention the howling induction roar? Oh, it is immensely addictive! 

Benelli 502C action

But with the wind deflecting off the headlamp and smacking me right in the face, the need for a windscreen was felt almost immediately. Chance on some twisties and the 502C feels sportier, switching sides almost instantly. Add the smooth throttle response and the slick shifting gearbox and the whole package becomes a delight. Even the brakes on the 502C are pretty decent. At 280mm, the discs are smaller than the ones on the Leoncino, but they offer good bite and progression at both ends.

Features

Benelli 502C Instrument Cluster

The list of features offered on the Benelli 502C aren’t extensive but better than what the Kawasaki Vulcan S has to offer. So it gets a fully-digital display that shows all essential info and has dashes of colour on the redline and fuel gauge. There also is the full-LED lighting all around and a dual-channel ABS. As for the back rest and engine guard that you see here, these are offered as optional accessories. 

Our Take

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To sum things up, the Benelli 502C is a treat to ride in the city thanks to its agility and the engine’s tractable nature. The motor is also easy to use for someone upgrading from a 150-200cc motorcycle. Not to forget that raspy exhaust note and a styling that is guaranteed to turn heads. Moreover, its biggest USP is the Rs 4.98 lakh price tag, which makes the 502C a lakh cheaper to buy than the Kawasaki Vulcan S that is priced at Rs 6.10 lakh.

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It seems like the Benelli 502C is a jack of all trades. But as they say, a jack of all trades, can be a master of none, and that is exactly the case with the 502C. It would be a much better motorcycle to ride with improvements to its suspension setup and ride quality. And since it is a cruiser, we’d have loved to see it fitted with a windscreen and a plusher seat to improve the high speed and long distance ride experience. 

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi 

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502C Specifications & Features

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 46.8 bhp @ 8,500 rpm

    Max Torque 46 Nm @ 6,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. BS-VI

    Displacement 500 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 69 mm

    Stroke 66.8 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 11.5:1

    Ignition TLI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Wet multi-plate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 21 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures 3 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed These are estimated figures 175 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 280 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 160/60 - ZR17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Front - 4 Piston, Rear - Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 - ZR17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 32 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 36 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 33 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 38 psi

    Front Suspension Upside down telescopic fork, ø41mm Outer Tube

    Rear Suspension Telescopic coil spring oil damped, 50 mm

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 220 kg

    Overall Length 2,240 mm

    Overall Width 950 mm

    Wheelbase 1,600 mm

    Ground Clearance 170 mm

    Seat Height 750 mm

    Overall Height 1,140 mm

    Chassis Type Arch bar truck

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 3 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Unlimited Kilometers

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Low Battery IndicatorNo

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Battery12V 8Ah

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresFull LED Lighting, Two Display Modes

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Benelli 502C User Reviews

4.4 8 ratings 2 reviews
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  • 4

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  • 4

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  • 4

    Service Experience

  • 3

    Maintenance cost

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  •  5Booked already 1 year ago by Sandip Karmakar

    Already booked my bike on the day it was launched. I decided to book it Just awesome bike. Looks wise, feature wise and the long wheelbase. I love it. In this price point no bike can compete with this bike. Key features: In line 4 sound from inline 2 system. USD forks,

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  •  4Smooth experience with high price 1 year ago by Dindu Nikhil, Hyderabad

    I think that its not the correct price for the motorcycle and the riding experience of the bike is smooth. The looks are good with high maintenance and with excellent performance, The cost is high for a bike and the service cost too. The driving is good but coming to co

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FAQs about Benelli 502C

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Benelli 502C in 2022?

    A: The 2022 on-road price of Benelli 502C in Delhi is Rs. 6,50,795. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better Benelli 502C or Kawasaki Vulcan S?

    A: Benelli 502C is priced at Rs. 5,73,976, has a 500 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 220 kg, whereas, the price of Kawasaki Vulcan S is Rs. 6,34,034 with a 649 cc 6 Speed Manualengine, and weighing 235 kg. You can compare Benelli 502C vs Kawasaki Vulcan S based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of Benelli 502C?

    A: Benelli 502C is available in 3 colours which are Matte Black, Purple and Glossy Black. You can check all the colour images of Benelli 502C.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Benelli 502C?

    A: Benelli 502C is a Cruiser bike that weighs 220 kg, has a 500 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 21 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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