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Benelli enters the middleweight ADV segment with the new TRK702

Available only in China for now, the TRK702 will surely be an interesting contender if and when it hits the global market.

Benelli TRK702

The new middleweight adventure bike from Benelli, the TRK702, has generated a lot of commotion. The Italian motorcycle company, which operates under the Qianjiang Motor group in China, has finally displayed the bike in all its splendor. The TRK702, which is initially availanle in China, has a lot in common with the larger TRK800 and, at least on paper, appears to be competitive enough to go head-to-head with bikes like the Yamaha Tenere 700 and KTM 790 Adventure.

Benelli TRK702

To begin with, the new TRK702 substantially incorporates the style of the wildly successful TRK502. The bike's large front beak, pronounced tank, exposed trellis frame, two-level seat, and slender tail all contribute to its somewhat sporty demeanor. However, it has been equipped with more upscale parts, such a fully digital TFT instrument cluster. Additional creature comforts are included as well, and features like a heated saddle and grips and a snazzy front-mounted camera will come in useful whether you're an experienced explorer or a hardy city dweller.

Benelli TRK702

The TRK702's 693cc parallel-twin engine, which is comparable to one used by neighboring Chinese manufacturer CFMOTO, gives it a respectable amount of power. Unfortunately, this results in a pretty dull 180-degree crankshaft layout, giving us the familiar lawnmower sound of beginner bikes built on a tight budget. Nevertheless, it produces a reasonable 76 horsepower and 47.6 ft-lbs of torque. In addition to the engine, there is a 20-liter fuel tank that will undoubtedly extend the vehicle's range and an 825mm-high seat that provides a lofty and dominating seating posture.

Benelli TRK702

Similar to its younger sister, the 502, the TRK702 is available in two versions: a road-focused model and an X model with extras for off-road use. Both the front and back wheels of the basic trim measure 17 inches, placing it on an equal footing with the Kawasaki Versys 650. The TRK702X, on the other hand, has knobby tires and wire-spoked wheels with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear layout. Both the two models' prices and the brand's intention to export the models to other markets have yet to be made public. It’s important to note that the middleweight enduro-ADV category is booming with alternatives that are packed with value, so if it does, the pricing will need to be extremely attractive—we're talking under P500,000, fingers crossed.

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