Benelli is actively widening its portfolio in India by introducing a variety of motorcycles. One of the examples is the new 502C, its middle-weight cruiser offering. We recently got to sample the motorcycle in varied conditions and you can read our take on the bike here. For now, let’s take a look at some of its enticing images from our review.
The 502C holds an uncanny visual resemblance with the Ducati Diavel 1260, especially with that oblong headlamp, chunky fuel tank and cantilever seat setup.
The motorcycle is also decently equipped with features. There’s a full-LED lighting setup along with a fully digital instrument cluster that shows limited information but in a clean layout.
With a wide, easy-to-reach handlebar, forward-set footpegs and a scooped seat, the 502C offers a relaxed riding position. The seat cushioning is adept for short weekend rides.
Propelling the motorcycle is a 498cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine which is the same unit seen in the Leoncino 500 and TRK 502. However, with a different state of tune, it produces 46.8bhp and 46Nm of torque in the 502C.
The engine feels smooth and refined, especially at lower revs. Even the power is put down in a linear and tractable manner which makes it suitable for all kinds of riders.
It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels that are suspended by 41mm inverted forks at the front and a 50mm monoshock at the rear. The overall setup results in a pretty stiff ride quality which escalates as the speeds rise up.
Braking is handled by a 280mm disc up front and a 240mm disc at the rear with a dual-channel ABS setup. This hardware delivers an acceptable braking performance with average bite and progression.
Benelli has priced the 502C at Rs 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom) which makes it around a lakh cheaper than its closest rival, the Kawasaki Vulcan S.