Benelli has lifted off the covers from its new latest offering in the adventure tourer category, the TRK 800. The new Benelli TRK 800 has been introduced as a bigger motorcycle over the already-existing TRK 502 and gets an all-new design language, but the familiar engine from the Leoncino 800. The bike takes the place of the now-defunct Trek 1130 Amazonas as the new flagship adventure tourer from Benelli.
Design and Features
Like the TRK 502, the all-new Benelli TRK 800 gets the tall stance and visual appeal of a proper adventure tourer. However, the overall body panels and fuel tank are sleeker here, with the motorcycle having a more rounded and minimalist front fascia comprising of full LED headlamps with daytime running LEDs and a small transparent visor. The motorcycle gets sharper looking front beak and rear body panels with clip-on pillion grab rails, large seats, inclined bash plate for the engine and a slightly lowered single exhaust pipe on the right side. The TRK 800 becomes the first adventure tourer from Benelli to get a TFT instrument console.
Engine and Transmission
The Benelli TRK 800 shares its inline-twin, liquid-cooled, 754cc engine with the flagship Leoncino 800. Coupled with a six-speed gearbox, the engine has been tuned a bit to produce a maximum power output of 76.2 bhp @ 8,500 rpm and a maximum torque output of 67 Nm @ 6,500 rpm.
While the engine is from the Leoncino 800, the overall chassis of the Benelli TRK 800 is entirely different from that of the former. An all-new trellis frame with a separate sub-frame serves as the backbone of the motorcycle, with the suspension setup being a combination of fully adjustable 50mm upside-down telescopic forks with 170mm travel at the front and mono-shock with 171mm travel and preload and rebound damping at the rear.
Riding on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear aluminium spoke wheels shod with knobby tubeless tyres, the Benelli TRK 800 gets a pair of 320mm discs at the front and a single 260mm disc at the back. To suit its adventure tourer persona, the TRK 800 gets a tall seat height of 834mm and a high ground clearance of 211mm. The bike tips the weighing scales at 221 kg.
Expected Pricing and Launch details
The Benelli TRK 800 is expected to go on sale in a majority of global markets by the second half of 2022. Like all of its prominent models, the TRK 800 is expected to arrive in India towards the end of 2022. If it happens, it will become the most expensive model on sale from Benelli here. Globally, the Benelli TRK 800 will compete with motorcycles like Triumph Tiger 660 Sport, Yamaha Tenere 700 and Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT.
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