Benelli: Approval Documents Leaked on New TRK702 Adventure Bike
Warning – Benelli has a new bun in the oven, and we just learned that this is a larger adventure bike that has been approved in China.
The leak – according to a recent report by CycleWorld – comes with a bit of confusion.
Benelli did indeed work on an adventure bike to work in the higher displacement levels, although we initially thought it would be a higher displacement.
Turns out we were right – on both counts.
Yes, they worked on a beast set to take on the BMW F 800 GS and Yamaha Ténéré 700 – but the displacement of the TRK702 and TRK702X is too small to do the trick.
(2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700, see above)
Currently, the only motorcycle they sport in the adventure sector is the existing TRK502 model – an economical beast powered by a 500cc parallel-twin (it can be compared to the Honda CB500X when it comes to competition) which is recently became a huge success in Italy.
(2021) Honda CB500X, see above)
Given that the company is currently killing the markets with its TRK502, it’s only fair that they get bigger – the question is, who will come first?
So, that said, here are the details of the bikes currently in the works:
- An adventure bike developed by Benelli with a 754cc parallel twin engine from the retro Leoncino 800 and 752S Roadster (the competition for this machine would be the BMW F 800 GS and the Yamaha Ténéré 700).
- The new TRK702 and TRK702X developed by Benelli, both of which are said to sport a 693cc parallel twin, designating both machines as “700” class motorcycles with two-cylinder engines (at first glance, a clone of the twin-cylinder engine). CFMoto used in the CFMoto 700CL-X).
- “Benelli’s parent company, Qianjiang, recently filed for patents for another mid-weight twin-cylinder adventure bike, but a V-twin rather than a parallel-twin.” Apparently, this third beast will not only have blood ties to Benelli’s adventure series, but will also sport an engine something more similar to that of the Suzuki SV650 or Hyosung GT650.
(2021) Suzuki SV650, see above)
All in all, we think Benelli has a lot of ideas that float – some of which will likely be pushed back (or rejected) in place of others.
We will keep an eye on the news for you; in the meantime, be sure to check out other adventure bikes currently available on the market in anticipation of more updates here.