Adventure motorcycles have seen a stylistic revival recently, evolving from chunky, pointed machines to those with rally and enduro style cues. This is demonstrated by vehicles like the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and the Aprilia Tuareg 660. Now, adventure motorcycles are increasingly resembling their rally-bred cousins across the board.
Take the BKX 250 ADV, the newest product from Benelli, as an example. When compared to Benelli's TRK adventure bike portfolio, the BKX 250 ADV adopts a whole new design language and is poised to be the brand's newest beginner-friendly adventure model. The BKX 250 ADV will compete against some of the most well-known entry-level ADVs whenever it enters the market, including the Honda CB150X, Suzuki V-Strom 250 SX, and BMW G 310 GS.
In terms of appearance, the new Benelli ADV seems robust and practical. It also boasts a single-piece seat, sculpted fuel tank with massive shrouds, an upswept exhaust, and LED lights. For added security, the BKX 250 also gets handlebar protectors. The hardware setup consists of inverted front forks and a rear monoshock with preload adjustment. The braking system of the Benelli BKX 250 has dual-channel ABS as standard along with 240mm and 280mm single discs. It has all-purpose tires and 17-inch wire-spoked wheels.
For the performance component of the equation, Benelli utilizes a 249cc single-cylinder engine with a 26 horsepower and 14 lb-ft torque rating. It is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission and encased in a reinforced steel frame. Overall, this level of performance is more than satisfactory for the market by offering inexperienced riders the sensation that they are riding a real adventure bike. Benelli keeps things simple when it comes to technical features, including a backlit LCD instrument cluster and a handy USB charging port for your electronics.
For the time being, Benelli hasn't disclosed the cost or the availability of its newest quarter-liter adventure bike. Nevertheless, the bike's target market is likely to be Asia. That said, there’s a sliver of hope that the BKX 250 ADV could make it to the Philippine market, especially given the growing popularity of small-displacement, beginner-friendly ADV machines.