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Benelli recently launched its entry-level adventure tourer TRK 251 earlier this month which turned out to be the fifth launch from the Chinese-owned Italian bikemaker this year. Launched at a price of Rs 2.51 lakh (ex-showroom), it has been directly pitted against KTM 250 Adventure in India.
Besides being closely priced to each other, both motorcycles have similarities in specifications and features as well. Let us closely look at some of their details and how both adventure tourers fare against each other.
KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251
Dimensions & Features
While KTM seems to offer better dynamics, Benelli offers better handling thanks to its compact dimensions. TRK 251 is shorter, narrower and lighter which should make it more rider-friendly in comparison to 250 Adventure. Benelli also offers a saddle that is far more accessible at 800mm as opposed to an 855mm seat height offered by KTM.
However, the latter offers a much better ground clearance of 200mm as opposed to 170mm in Benelli. In terms of features, both motorcycles offer a host of gizmos. Some of the common features include a digital instrument console, dual-channel ABS and LED DRLs. While KTM misses out on an LED headlamp, it edges past Benelli with an automatic headlamp function. TRK also receives a USB charger as standard fitment.
KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251
Even the hardware configurations used in 250 Adventure are superior to those used in TRK 251. The suspension setup employed in TRK 251 consists of simple telescopic forks at front and a telescopic oil damped coil spring at rear. On the other hand, its Austrian counterpart features a suspension setup sourced from WP Apex comprising upside-down front forks and a rear mono-shock absorber.
KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251
KTM also gets a stronger braking setup with a larger 320mm disc up front in comparison to a 280mm disc in Benelli. The latter, however, gets a larger rear brake with a 240mm disc. TRK rides on 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends but 250 Adventure gets a larger 19-inch wheel at front. All these factors should combine to give different riding dynamics in both bikes.
Starting with performance, both motorcycles are powered by a 249cc single-cylinder, 4-valve, liquid-cooled motor but they differ in their engine output. While Benelli puts out 25.47 bhp and 21.2 Nm of peak torque, KTM edges past it with a greater output of 29.5 bhp and 24 Nm of peak torque. Both are paired with a 6-speed gearbox, however, TKR only gets a simple wet multi-plate clutch whereas KTM benefits from a slipper clutch.
KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251
As already mentioned about prices, KTM 250 Adventure is slightly more affordable at Rs 2.35 lakh (ex-showroom). Overall, KTM appears to be slightly more value for money when one considers performance of both bikes. More
Image – Rawat kBenelli TRK 251 also competes against other adventure tourers such as Royal Enfield Himalayan and BMW G 310 GS
New Benelli TRK 251 India LaunchApart from KTM 250 Adventure, Benelli TRK 251 will rival the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan as well
Benelli has ended the year 2021 with a bang as it has introduced its fifth model this year. After launching a scrambler, two adventure tourers and one cruiser this year, the Italian brand has launched its entry-level adventure bike in the form of TRK 251.
Offered at a starting price of Rs 2.51 lakh (ex-showroom), the motorcycle is currently the most affordable offering by Benelli in India. At this aggressive price range it directly competes with the KTM 250 ADV, which had a launch price of Rs 2.55 lakh, ex-sh. Price of KTM 250 were recently slashed by Rs 25k, and it now costs Rs 2.3 lakh ex-sh for limited period of time.
Benelli TRK 251 ADV – Design
Available in three striking colour options, TRK 251 takes a lot of styling inspirations from its older siblings- TRK 502 and TRK 502X. It gets signature ADV styling elements such as a pointy beak, a large windscreen upfront, a front-heavy quarter fairing, an exposed trellis frame and a sculpted fuel tank.
Sporty graphics are visible on the front and side fairing and tail section. The wide and tall handlebars aided with centre-set footpegs and an accessible saddle height of 800mm should offer comfortable riding ergonomics.
New Benelli TRK 251 India Launch
The twin-pod LED headlamp along with turn indicators mounted on the side fairings give the motorcycle a distinct appeal. Touring capabilities are enhanced with a luggage mounting rack and pannier boxes as an accessory.
Other common details include a side-on exhaust and a steep tail section. In terms of features TRK 251 is equipped with a fully digital LCD instrument console that displays a wide range of information such as speed, rpm, fuel level, gear position, time and trip meter. Like most ADVs in India, TRK 251 is a road-biased tourer, hence, it rides on 17-inch front and rear alloy wheels shod with road-purpose tyres.
Hardware comprises a steel trellis frame suspended on USD forks up front and a T-swingarm type mono-shock absorber at rear. Braking duties are handled by 280 mm single disc with 4-piston callipers at front and 240mm single disc with a single-piston calliper at rear. Anchorage is aided with a dual-channel ABS as standard.
Powering TRK 251 is a familiar 249cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC motor which also propels Leoncino 250. This engine cranks out 25 bhp at 9,250 rpm and 21.2 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. This unit is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The bike offers a ground clearance of 170mm while it tips the weighing scales at 164kg. Bookings for TRK 251 had commenced earlier this month at a token amount of Rs 6,000 with deliveries slated to begin from January 2022. More
Benelli TRK 251 India Launch – Bookings StartTRK 251 will be Benelli’s fifth launch this year after TRK 502, Leoncino 500, TRK 502X and 502C
Italian manufacturer Benelli, now part of China-based Qianjiang Motorcycle, is continuing with its aggressive strategy for Indian market. In BS6 era, the company had started with Imperiale 400 classic motorcycle.
As of now, the portfolio has been expanded to include a scrambler, two adventurer tourers and one naked motorcycle. The ADV range will soon get TRK 251, which will be the most affordable bike in the company’s India portfolio. While Benellis are popular here, TRK 251 could also deliver in terms of generating desired sales volumes. Official bookings of Benelli TRK 251 have opened. Booking amount is Rs 6,000, which can be paid online, as well as at authorized dealer.
Benelli TRK 251 styling and features
TRK 251 borrows quite a few styling bits from its larger siblings TRK 502 and 502X. The bike gets a pointy nose, dual LED headlamp with LED DRL, side fairing mounted LED turn signals, sculpted fuel tank, exposed trellis frame, split seats, upswept exhaust and rear tyre hugger.
Sporty graphics can be seen on the front and side fairing and tail section. Touring capabilities are expressed with features such as large, curved windscreen. The bike also has dedicated rack at the rear for mounting top and side panniers. Instrument console is a fully digital unit with LCD screen. It displays a range of information such as speed, rpm, fuel level, gear position, time and trip meter.
Benelli TRK 251 India Launch – Bookings Start
Just like its larger siblings, TRK 251 can be a good companion for long distance touring. It has low seat height of 800 mm, which should make it easier to control and manoeuvre the bike. This can be especially useful in an off-road environment.
A large fuel tank with 18-litre capacity should ensure fewer stops at fuel stations. Users can expect optimal riding comfort with features such as wide and tall handlebar, contoured seats and centrally placed footpegs. 3 colours are on offer in India – Glossy White, Glossy Black and Glossy Grey.
Benelli TRK 251 engine and specs
Powering the bike will be a 249cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, double overhead camshaft motor. This engine is also in use with Leoncino 250 that is available in international markets. It generates 25.8 hp of max power at 9,250 rpm and 21.1 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The bike has steel trellis frame with USD front forks and T-swingarm type rear shock absorber. Braking system comprises 280 mm single disc with 4-piston callipers at front and 240mm single disc with single piston calliper at rear. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard. The bike has 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels at both ends, shod with 110/70 front and 150/60 rear tyres. It gets 3-Year Unlimited Kilometres Warranty as Standard.
Upon its launch in India, Benelli TRK 251 will primarily rival KTM 250 Adventure. The latter will soon get its 2022 update in the form of cosmetic enhancements and improved colour theme. There are unlikely to be any major changes to the hardware of 2022 KTM 250 ADV. The bike is powered by a 248cc motor that generates 30 hp and 24 Nm. More
Benelli TRK 251 Teased – India Launch SoonBenelli India has shared a new teaser of their upcoming motorcycle – The much awaited 250cc adventure to rival KTM 250 ADV
Benelli has had an eventful 2021 in India. In Jan 2021, Benelli India launched TRK 502 ADV motorcycle at Rs 4.8 lakh, ex-sh. This was followed by the launch of Leoncino 500 in Feb 2021. Then came the TRK 502X in March 2021. July 2021 saw the launch of Benelli 502c. Since then, there has been no new launches from Benelli India.
Apart from the above mentioned motorcycles, Benelli also offers the Imperiale 400 – which is also their most affordable and highest selling motorcycle in the country. Benelli is getting ready to launch a new entry level motorcycle, and probably an even more affordable motorcycle in India, than the Imperiale 400.
Benelli TRK 251 Adventure teased
Just at the start of the year 2021, ahead of the launch of their first motorcycle, Benelli had announced their plans to launch 7 new motorcycles in the range of 250cc to 600cc. Of these 7, Benelli has already launched 4 of them in 2021. They will soon ben launching their 5th motorcycle under this plan.
Benelli India has shared a new teaser of their upcoming motorcycle for India. Though not much has been revealed in the teaser, Benelli fans might find the teaser familiar. Take a look at the teaser video below.
The reason that some Benelli fans might find this teaser familiar, is because this is the same teaser from 2019, which was shared by Benelli to tease the TRK 251. Now, Benelli India has used a part of the same teaser in their latest teaser. Hat tip to automotive enthusiast The Highway Pilot for sharing the update.
Benelli TRK 251 Adventure Specs
Demand for entry level adventure motorcycles in India is on the rise. Benelli TRK 251 Adventure 250cc Motorcycle borrows inspiration from the TRK 502. It is built on a steel tube trellis frame. Benelli TRK 251 boasts of 17” multi spoke alloys fitted with 110/70 front and 150/60 rear tyres. It gets 41mm upside down forks in the front and 51mm monoshock at the rear.
Braking duties are via 280mm single floating disc and 4 piston caliper along with 240mm disc and single piston caliper. It sports LED headlamps, distinctive front mudguard and a tall windshield offering good protection to rider over long distances even at higher speeds.
Benelli TRK 251 Teased – India Launch Soon
Wide handlebars offer better control while the fully digital instrument cluster which enhances its appeal. A split pillion rider seat, long grab handles and compact LED tail lamp are also a part of the features on this off roader.
Benelli TRK 251 is powered by a 250cc, liquid cooled, four stroke motor that offers 26 PS peak power at 9,250 rpm and 21 Nm peak torque at 8,000 rpm mated to a 6 speed gearbox. Launch is expected to take place in Jan 2022. Benelli could launch the TRK 250cc adventure at an aggressive price tag, in the range of Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh, ex-sh. It will rival KTM ADV 250 upon launch. More
Benelli 650cc Adventure Patent DesignThe upcoming 650cc ADV bike from Benelli is likely to be a road-biased tourer rather than a hardcore trail-bashing adventure motorcycle
Benelli has its hand full with many upcoming models on the verge of rolling out from its assembly line. This has been possible thanks to the multiple models designed and conceptualised by its parent company Qianjiang Group. The Chinese automaker has filed numerous trademarks and design patents for upcoming motorcycles which are likely to wear brand names of both its subsidiaries- QJMotor and Benelli.
While bikes with the former brand name will specifically cater to consumers in China, the letter will be developed keeping in mind the various international markets. Qianjiang has filed another design patent, this time for an all-new adventure motorcycle featuring a 650cc V-Twin engine.
Benelli 650cc Adventure – Brand new design
From the leaked patent images, it is very evident this is a brand new motorcycle that is very unique from contemporary middleweight ADVs currently in the market. Upfront, the bike gets a small flyscreen, a single pod headlight flanked by twin LED DRLs on each side, long semi-fairing and handguards. However, it marks a stark departure with the absence of signature beak in modern adventure tourers replaced by a tyre-hugging front mudguard.
The saddle is a split-seat affair with a very accessible rider seat and raised pillion seat. It also gets a chunky pillion grab rail that extends into a large luggage mounting rack thus expressing its touring capabilities. Other notable styling highlights include a high-set exhaust canister with heat shields, a massive fuel tank and a huge engine underbelly cowl.
Benelli 650cc Adventure Patent Design
As of now, it is very uncertain for which brand- Benelli or QJMotor, this patent has been registered for. However, on a closer inspection, one can spot a tiny ‘Benelli’ logo on the lower left of the front fork. Use of Brembo brakes also hints towards this machine being developed for the Italian brand.
Coming to specifications, the bike is underpinned by a 650cc platform which is a completely new tubular steel trellis frame and unlike any other architecture shared between Benelli and QJMotor. Currently, these two brands share the same 500cc and 750cc parallel-twin engines among themselves while there is also a new 600cc four-cylinder engine in the making. The new 650cc V-Twin motor is expected to dish out around 70 horses.
While patents show the bike standing on wire-spoked rims with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, they are shod with road-going tubeless tyres which makes it more of a tourer than an adventure bike. Even then it should be capable enough to tackle mild off-roading conditions. This is thanks to longer suspension travel from the inverted forks at front and breaking hardware from Brembo.
This new 650cc adventure tourer could be positioned in between TRK502 and the upcoming TRK750 in Benelli’s international lineup and could possibly be named TRK650. When it debuts, it will be pitted against the likes of other middleweight ADVs such as Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and the upcoming Triumph Tiger Sport 660.
New Benelli Tornado 252RIn Asian markets, Tornado 252R will take on Honda CBR 250RR, Yamaha R25 and Kawasaki Ninja 250
Ever since the Italian manufacturer was acquired by China-based Qianjiang Motor Group, the company has been following an aggressive product strategy. A number of new models have been launched over the years to challenge the might of Japanese manufacturers such as Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki. The latest offering is Tornado 252R, which comes across as an absolute stunner.
Benelli Tornado 252R design and features
With its brawny profile, Benelli Tornado 252R has what it takes to be defined as an apex predator. Its low nose and elevated tail create the impression of a crouched beast focused on its prey. At the front, Tornado 252R has oval-shaped headlamp, flanked by sleek DRLs. Visor used is a pretty large unit, almost reaching the height of rear tail section. This should be able to provide good wind protection.
Other key features include sculpted fuel tank, clip-on handlebars, split seats, USD front forks, spear-shaped LED turn signals, engine protector, upswept exhaust with chrome heat shield, sporty alloy wheels and edgy tail lamp. The track-ready bike has an aggressive riding stance with rear-set footpegs. It gets a LCD speedometer.
Another key highlight of Benelli Tornado 252R is its sprightly colour options. The ones that stand out include black, red, blue and green colour options. As per the theme, these shades primarily cover the front cowl, fuel tank and tail section. This has ensured an exciting contrast against the blacked out components and silver-toned side fairing. The bike also uses graphics for a sportier look and feel.
New Benelli Tornado 252R
In tech department, Benelli Tornado 252R has been equipped with USB charging port. Smartphone connectivity is also likely to be available with the bike.
Benelli Tornado 252R engine and specs
Powering the bike is a 249cc, DOHC, parallel-twin, 8-valve motor. It is capable of generating 25.7 hp of max power at 8,500 rpm and 24.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. One would have expected higher output numbers with the twin-cylinder motor, but that’s not the case with Benelli 252R.
Even bikes with single-cylinder engine such as Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 deliver comparable numbers of 26.5 hp and 22.2 Nm. It appears that the bike is focused more on visual appear, practical power delivery and sweet-sounding exhaust note. Another factor that can affect performance is the bike’s weight (177 kg). This can impact acceleration and top speed.
It is unlikely that Benelli Tornado 252R will be launched in India. In China, the bike comes with a price tag of 25,800 Yuan. This is close to INR 2.95 lakh. For the Indian market, Benelli is likely to choose 302R. It will take on rivals such as KTM RC 390. Benelli India current portfolio starts with Imperiale 400. Other bikes are in 500cc category such as Leoncino, 502C, TRK 502 and TRK 502X. More
Upcoming Benelli Electric MotorcycleQJ7000D is expected to be launched in China in the next few months – A Benelli-branded version of the same is likely to launch in select countries
Electric mobility is a fast-growing space with new launches and unveils taking place almost every other day. It is a space where many established auto brands find themselves competing against relatively new brands or startups. Benelli is one such automaker who is eager to step into the two-wheeler electric segment.
Earlier in June this year, Qianjiang Motors, Benelli’s parent company, introduced the QJ7000D electric motorcycle at 2021 Beijing Motor Show. Speculations suggested that this bike would hit showrooms of international markets re-branded as Benelli. Recently, spy images of the final production-spec QJ7000D were leaked on the internet.
Going by images, the production model looks very similar to the pre-production concept at the annual auto show earlier this year. It gets a beefy profile towards the front, while the rear section is much sleeker.
The front face features a split LED headlamp setup surrounded by angular fairing on sides. It gets a muscular faux tank mimicking contemporary supersport motorcycles which is hollow from inside and can store a full-face helmet.
Upcoming Benelli Electric Motorcycle
The bike also features a signature upswept floating tail section and a V-shaped windscreen. The motorcycle’s fairing gets a dual-tone colour theme of blue and grey which creates a nice sporty contrast with the blacked-out components of the frame, motor and alloy wheels.
It offers a sporty and committed riding posture with a clip-on handlebar and slightly rear-set footpegs. Other styling highlights include split seats, a rear tyre hugger and uniquely shaped rearview mirrors.
Electrical, Mechanical Specs
As the name suggests, QJ7000D is likely to be equipped with a 7kW electric motor. However, the Chinese bikemaker claims that it gets a 10kW (13.4 bhp) motor which should propel the motorcycle to a top speed of almost 105 kmph. This puts it in the same ballpark as conventional 150cc IC engine-powered bikes. The electric motor will draw energy from a 72V, 60Ah battery pack which is claimed to deliver a range of 100km on a single charge.
Upcoming Benelli Electric Motorcycle
Coming to its hardware package, suspension duties of the bike will be carried out by USD telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock at rear. Stopping power is achieved from petal-shaped disc brakes on both ends while the bike rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.
Further, QJ700D is equipped with an unusual manual transmission that comprises conventional controls including a bar-mounted clutch lever and a foot-operated rear brake and gear shifters. Other features include a fully digital LCD instrument panel that displays a range of information such as speed, gear position, battery percentage, distance travelled, time, etc. The instrument console is likely to offer Bluetooth connectivity as well.
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New Benelli 502C Launched in IndiaInterested customers can place their booking at nearest Benelli outlet or via company’s website
As part of the strategy to expand its India portfolio, Benelli has launched 502C today. Described as the ‘ultimate urban cruiser’, 502c bookings are already opened for a token amount of Rs 10,000. Price starts from Rs 4.98 lakh, ex-sh. Two colours are on offer – Matte Cognac Red and Matte Black.
With this latest addition, Benelli portfolio will comprise a total of five motorcycles. Other Benelli motorcycles available in India are Imperiale 400, Leoncino 500, TRK 502, and TRK 502 X. Later this year, more Benelli bikes are planned to be launched in India such as TNT 600, 302R, 302S, and Leoncino 250.
Benelli 502c design and features
Looking at the bike’s core silhouette, it appears to have derived inspiration from Ducati Diavel. Owing to its sinewy profile, the bike has a dominating road presence. The bike’s aggressive character can be seen in its sculpted body lines, exposed steel trellis frame, and double barrel stainless exhaust pipes. 502c is equipped with tall handlebars and forward-set foot pegs, which ensure a comfortable riding stance.
Other key features include LED headlamp with DRL, radiator grille, engine guard, single price saddle, and raised tail section. Fuel tank is a curvy, elongated unit that can hold 21 litres of fuel. The bike sports a blacked out look, as is evident in the blacked out engine, frame, side panels and wheels.
Benelli 502C Cruiser
Benelli 502c is expected to be offered in two colour options. Talking about features, the bike gets a fully digital instrument console. It displays a range of information such as speed, rpm, gear indicator, odometer, trip meter, and fuel gauge.
Benelli 502c engine
Powering Benelli 502c will be the same engine currently in use with Leoncino 500 and TRK 502. The 500cc, parallel-twin, liquid cooled motor is capable of generating 47.5 ps of max power at 8500 rpm and 46 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Suspension system comprises upside down telescopic fork at the front and coil spring oil damped rear suspension. The bike is equipped with disc brakes at both ends; 280 mm dual discs at the front and 240 mm single disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard.
Benelli 502c price
In the company’s line-up, 502c will be positioned above Leoncino 500. BS6 Leoncino was launched earlier this year in February at a starting price of Rs 4.59 lakh. However, with the price hike in June, Leoncino now retails at Rs 4.70 lakh. Talking about 502c, the cruiser is just under the Rs 5 lakh mark. More
QJ Motor’s SAI 350QJ Motor Sai 350 gets a fairly simple yet aggressive design which broke covers at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year for the first time
Benelli’s parent company, QJ Motor has started dispatching its upcoming faired motorcycle Sai 350 to dealerships across China. A pre-production Concept of the same was first revealed at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year. Additionally, a couple of months earlier, a leaked patent image of the upcoming superbike was floating around the internet.
The design leaked in the patent image and showcased at the Beijing Motor Show is in line with the final production-spec model which has arrived at dealerships. From the looks of it, the styling of Sai 350 is reminiscent of its Japanese supersport counterparts.
Upfront the bike gets a sharp fascia complemented by a short visor and vertical LED strip in between. The twin-beam LED headlamp gives the bike an aggressive appeal commonly seen in contemporary sports bikes. It further gets accentuated with a muscular fuel tank and extended shrouds. The front end is reminiscent of BMW S 1000 RR whereas its point tail section with high-set scooped panels resembles Yamaha R15 V3.0.
Air scoops at both front and rear ends of the motorcycle make it aerodynamically enhanced. The bike sports contrasting body panels that extend from the rear edges of the headlights to divide the fairing into distinct upper and lower sections. The aggressive styling of the bike is complemented by a committed riding posture with a clip-on handlebar and rear-set footpegs. Overall, the motorcycle looks like a proper sports bike.
QJ Motor’s SAI 350
Like most other sports bikes in this space, Sai 350 is fairly well-kitted. It features an all-LED lighting setup, backlit switchgear, a USB charging port and a hazard light switch. The bike also flaunts a fully coloured digital instrument console which comes with two light-sensing display modes, a tyre pressure display function and Bluetooth connectivity with smartphone screen projection function.
Engine & Hardware Specifcations
Coming to its specifications, Sai 350 is powered by a 353cc twin-cylinder which kicks out 36.7 bhp at 9000rpm and 31 Nm at 7000rpm. In comparison, TVS Apache RR 310 is just 3 horses and 4 Nm shorter than the Chinese counterpart despite being less in displacement and a single-cylinder motor. However, Sai 350 misses out on multiple riding models unlike RR 310.
Hardware configurations of Sai 350 feature a suspension setup comprising a chunky USD fork at front and a mono-shock at rear attached to an aluminium swingarm. Braking duties are handled by twin 250mm discs up front with axial calipers, and a single 240mm disc at rear. These are assisted by a dual-channel ABS as standard.
It is well known that premium motorcycles from QJ Motor are rebranded as Benelli for international markets. The same might not be the case with new Sai 350. In India, Benelli has plans to launch the new 302R instead.