Benelli TRK 702: Sits Between 500 and 800, Rivals Kawasaki Versys 650
After wooing the adventure-touring world with TRK 500 and TRK 800, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is set to launch another TRK!
Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli has overall struggled a bit in the recent past. However, the company has also tasted immense success in the adventure-touring segment; thanks to its offerings such as the TRK 500 and TRK 800. Hoping to repeat history, we have learnt from multiple sources that Benelli is planning to launch another adventure-tourer motorcycle named TRK 702.
What is the importance of this article?
If rumours are to be true, the Benelli TRK 702 could prove to be an important motorcycle in the company’s line-up. Likely to sit between the 500 and 800, the 702 could be the ideal motorcycle for those who do not want an underpowered 500 or a massive 800. Therefore, this article is worth a read for those hopeful souls.
The powertrain of the upcoming motorcycle
While nothing is confirmed, the TRK 702 is likely to be powered by a 693cc twin-cylinder, a liquid-cooled unit that would be like the existing mill of CFMoto’s 700CL-X. As far as performance figures are concerned, the TRK 702 is likely to churn out a 70.7PS of peak power and 61Nm; numbers that are also close to the CFMoto’s 700CL-X.
You would be surprised to know that the TRK 800 is powered by a 754cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that is also found in the Leoncino, which makes 77.2PS of power and 67Nm of torque; slightly more than the upcoming TRK 702. However, we expect Benelli to ditch the 754cc engine because the company has already patented a 799cc engine inspired by the KTM’s 799cc unit.
The Benelli TRK 702 is likely to feature spoked rims with tubeless tyres because the company is prone to project it as a premium hardcore adventure-touring machine. Not to forget, similar to the 800, it is expected to flaunt a 19/17-inch setup coupled with off-road slicks. Moving on to braking and suspension duties, brakes from Brembo and suspension units from Marzocchi are going to retain their roles in the 702.
Rivalry in India
In India, the 600-700cc adventure-tourer segment is a crowded party with several players such as the Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-Strom 650, and Triumph Tiger Sport 660. Therefore, if the Benelli TRK 702 is launched in the country, it will have to prove its worth against the named players, because, as we all know, Indian buyers are extremely picky!