While the Kawasaki Vulcan S dominated the segment of middle-weight cruisers in India, upcoming the Benelli 502C is expected to eat into its market share.
The Benelli 502C is all set to debut in India by the end of this month. The company has already commenced the pre-bookings for the Benelli 502C at its authorised dealerships. The price announcement for the 502C is expected in the coming weeks but interested buyers can reserve theirs for a token amount of Rs 10,000.
The Benelli 502C will be positioned alongside the Kawasaki Vulcan S. If priced aggressively, the 502C could influence the buyers of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 as well, but expect a sticker price close to Rs 5.25 lakh (ex-showroom) mark.
The 502C shares its power source with the Leoncino 500 and the TRK 502 twins already on sale in India. The power output is rated at 47bhp at 8,500 and 46Nm at 6,000rpm and that is forwarded to the wheel via a six-speed gearbox.
Along with the engine, the cycle parts are shared between Benelli’s middle-weight motorcycles. The suspension units are up-side-down forks in the front and a monoshock in the rear, the same units as the Benelli TRK 502 and the Leoncino 500. Although the same set-up will work differently this kind of body style. We shall find that out soon when we ride the Benelli 502C and bring you the first ride experience. The wheel size is 17-inch on both-end. For braking, the 502C uses a twin-disc set-up in the front and a single disc in the rear.
With the launch of Benelli 502C this month, and the Kawasaki Vulcan S already existing in the segment, will Honda introduce its Rebel 500 in the Indian market via its Big Wing outlets? It is too soon to confirm. However, the Royal Enfield is working on a middle-weight cruiser that is based on the same platform and engine as the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT650. The cruiser from Royal Enfield is expected sometime by the end of this year.