Ex-showroom, Mumbai ₹ 5,00,000
In terms of kit, the TRK 502 and the 502X might not be feature-packed motorcycles, but they do offer a decent list of features. The crash guards, a 12V power socket, a rear carrier, adjustable front brake lever and a hazard light switch, are all offered as standard. However, while the TRK 502 features an underbelly exhaust, the 502X sports a big upswept exhaust can and an additional bash plate for the engine.
Both bikes, in the meantime, sport large LCD instrument consoles. These display speed, gear position, fuel level, coolant temperature, time, an odometer and two trip meters. The tacho, though, is an analogue unit. The instrumentation is easy to read even when the sun is right on top. The bikes also get tall windscreens which keep the wind blast at bay at three-digit speeds. But, these aren’t adjustable. And, the vision through the visor is not clear either.
Both bikes are powered by the same 500cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled DOHC motor. It produces a max power of 47bhp at 8,500rpm and a peak torque of 46Nm at 6,000rpm. The engine doesn’t boast of an exceptionally strong low or mid-range grunt. It´s at its happiest higher up in the rev range. Not the ideal setup for an ADV, but it’s manageable on the road.
As for electronics, neither bike gets riding modes or traction control. These do get dual-channel ABS which is switchable.
The TRK 502 runs beefy 50mm inverted forks up front and a monoshock at the back. The front is non-adjustable but the rear gets rebound and preload adjustment. The resultant ride is on the stiffer side. But, it’s not uncomfortable, and it helps keep the bike planted even on poor road surfaces. It’s the same for the 502X, but unlike the 502 which runs 17-inch alloy wheels shod with road-focused tyres at both ends, the 502X uses a 19-inch front and a 17-inch rear wheel, both, of the spoked variety and wrapped in dual-purpose tyres.