- Benelli 502C launched in India
- Prices start at Rs 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom)
- Competes against the Kawasaki Vulcan S
Benelli has finally entered the mid-size cruiser segment in India with the launch of the 502C. The motorcycle has been priced from Rs 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom) which makes it about Rs 1 lakh cheaper than the Kawasaki Vulcan S, its closest rival. Bookings for the bike are open at Rs 10,000 and it's available in two colour options - matte black and matte cognac red.
The Benelli 502C boasts a power cruiser stance that’s clearly inspired by the Ducati Diavel 1260. There’s a distinctive-looking low-slung headlamp, a huge teardrop-style fuel tank, and a short and stubby floating tail section. Adding to its visual appeal are elements like chunky upside down front forks and dual shotgun-style exhaust. The list of features in the bike isn’t very long as it makes do with full LED lighting, a digital console, and dual-channel ABS.
Propelling the 502C is a 500cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. This mill also does duty on the TRK 502 siblings and the Leoncino 500 and churns out 46.8bhp of power at 8,500rpm and 46Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm.
With a wide handlebar, forward-set footpegs, and a large seat, it should be comfortable for touring. Interestingly, the position of the footpegs can be adjusted by a small margin. Another element adding 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 duties are handled by inverted forks and a monoshock. Braking is handled by twin discs at the front and a single disc at the rear.