Kawasaki Versys X 300 vs Benelli TRK 502: Real-World Performance Comparison

July 18 2019

Which brand offers the best “budget” ADV? The Japanese or the Italians? We compare the numbers to find out

The adventure tourer segment has seen a surge in terms of popularity in recent times. But most of these bikes like the BMW R 1250 GS and the Triumph Tiger 1200 have been unattainable due to their mortgage breaking price tags. If you’re someone with a budget of around Rs 5 lakh, you’ve got two options - the Kawasaki Versys X-300 and the Benelli TRK 502. With both packing a parallel-twin engine, purpose-built design and priced so closely, which one should you opt for? We compare their real-world numbers to find out. 

Acceleration

 

Benelli TRK 502

Kawasaki Versys X-300

   

Engine

500cc, in-line two-cylinders, liquid cooled engine

296cc, parallel-twin, liquid cooled engine

Power

47.5PS

40PS

Torque

46Nm

25.7Nm

Transmission

6-speed

6-speed


 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli TRK 502

0-60kmph

3.41 seconds

3.03 seconds

0-100kmph

8.3 seconds

7.29 seconds

Top speed (achieved)

132kmph

139.56kmph


Despite their displacement and power differences, the Versys-X 300 put up quite a respectable 0-100kmph number. Not to mention, it can also hold a respectable highway speed. But the displacement advantage of the Benelli is clearly visible. 

Roll-ons 

 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli TRK 502

30-70kmph in 3rd

3.89 seconds

3.93 seconds

40-80kmph in 4th

4.96 seconds

4.72 seconds


Thanks to the TRK 502’ 360-degree crank, it sacrifices a bit of low-end torque and it shows. It also doesn’t help that the Benelli weighs 235kg, a whopping 51kg heavier than the Versys! Not only is the Versys quicker in 30-70kmph roll-ons, but it also packs a shorter wheelbase (1450mm), which should make zipping through traffic easy.

 

Braking 

 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli TRK 502

80-0kmph

42.07m

30.71m

60-0kmph

23.85m

17.63m


You’d expect the Versys to win this round, right? Surprisingly, it is the TRK 502 which comes to a halt quicker despite its hulking demeanour. The front (twin 310mm) and rear (single 260mm) disc, in conjunction with Pirelli Angel ST tyres, offer a rather impressive stopping performance. The Kawasaki, on the other hand, just takes too long to stop and offers very less feedback to the rider. 

 

Fuel efficiency 

 

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Benelli TRK 502

City

29.86kmpl

30.97kmpl

Highway

27.57kmpl

33.5kmpl

Fuel tank capacity

17-litres

20-litres

Range

469km

670km


To be honest, we’d expected this round to go to the Versys. But surprisingly, despite packing a larger capacity engine and more bulk, it is the TRK 502 which is the most fuel-efficient of the duo in both the city as well as the highway! It also helps that it carries a mammoth 20-litre fuel tank, which should provide you with a range of close to 700km, making a ride from Pune to Goa without a fuel stop possible. The Versys-X 300 is not only less frugal, but also packs a smaller fuel tank. So expect quite a bit of fuel stops on your road trips with this one.

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