The Kawasaki Vulcan S now has a rival, the Benelli 502C. Also, the Italian motorcycle maker has managed to price it aggressively – almost Rs 1.12 lakh more affordable than the Japanese cruiser.
Benelli has launched its middle-weight cruiser motorcycle, the 502C in India. The 502C has debuted at a price of Rs 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom) with two colour options – Matte Cognac Red and Matte Black. The Benelli 502C directly rivals the Kawasaki Vulcan S that is priced at Rs 6.10 lakh (ex-showroom).
The 502C shares the same power unit with other 500cc motorcycles from the Benelli stable, such as the Leoncino 500 and the TRK 502. In the 502C, this 500cc parallel-twin engine makes 47bhp at 8,500rpm and 45Nm at 6,000rpm. The engine uses a six-speed transmission and gets mounted in a Steel Tube Trellis Frame.
The suspension unit upfront is upside-down forks with 135mm of travel. The rear gets a mono-shock unit with 50mm of travel. The 502C gets 17-inch wheels on either end with a wheelbase of 1,600mm. The tyres on offer are Pirelli Angel GT with 120mm section in the front and 160mm section in the rear. For braking, the motorcycle uses a twin-disc brake setup in the front with 280mm rotors and a 240mm disc brake assembly in the rear.
Other details include a 21-litre fuel tank and 170mm of ground clearance. The motorcycle tips the scale at 216kg (dry). The rider seat height is marked at 750mm. Features on offer are all-LED head and tail lamp assembly. The instrument cluster is an all-digital unit. There is also an adjustable clutch lever, however, the brake lever misses out on that feature.
Currently, there are only two middleweight cruiser motorcycles on offer in India. We expect Royal Enfield to join the bandwagon by the end of this year with their new 650cc cruiser based on the same platform as Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Seeing the segment get populated, will Honda two-wheelers take a dig at the market share with its Rebel 500? It is too soon to confirm.