Comments on certain stories are predictable, and as such, we always expect some enduro rider to show up on an ADV story, and lament the weight of the bike in question, calling it too heavy to really go off-road.
That argument is bullshit, of course. Though, it is easier to handle a lightweight machine in the dirt than a heavy one, but you would be surprised at how capable any motorcycle is with a pair of knobby tires on it.
Just in case you are not convinced, we have got a little something for you. Behold the Benelli TRK 502. It’s got the profile of a condor, but the little 500cc adventure-tourer looks like it should do the job you are asking of it.
Time will tell on quality and engineering; but on their face, bikes like the Benelli TRK 502 show real promise.
The Benelli TRK 502 might only have 47hp, and thus be rather anemic on proper highways, but we think that figure should be plenty for the dirt trails. With a 19″ front wheel, and 6″ of suspension travel, the 2016 Benelli TRK502 should be well-suited to those off-road conditions.
With 5.2 gallons of fuel capacity, the TRK 502 should be able to take you just about anywhere you want to go…just don’t stop by your local Ducati dealership, they’ll wonder why your Multistrada 1200 Enduro shrunk in the wash.