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Benelli 502 C cruiser confirmed for NZ

The rebirth of Benelli has been one of the success stories of the motorcycle industry in recent years, with the brand coming back from obscurity with a focus on providing affordable real-world bikes for the mass market as opposed to the niche bikes it offered in the past.

With a range of LAMS approved models already making a dent in the Kiwi market, the Italian-Chinese brand is slowly building up its offerings to cover more aspects of the marketplace.

Case in point is the soon to arrive 502C, Benelli’s entry into the LAMS cruiser class.

Based around the same 35kW (47hp) / 45Nm parallel twin engine as the Leoncino 500 and TRK 502 which have now been in New Zealand a couple of years, the 502C boasts authentic Italian power cruiser styling with eery similarities to another Italian machine, with a steel trellis frame, USD forks and LED lighting.

Seat height is power cruiser tall, at 750mm which is taller than most bikes also in the segment, but this is still shorter than Benelli's other LAMS spec bikes making the 502 C potentially well suited for those short in the inseam.

Interestingly, the 502 C also features a huge 21-litre fuel tank which with Benelli’s claimed average fuel economy of 4.2L/100km suggests a potential range well in excess of 400km per tank.

In general the specs read quite well for the Benelli entry into the LAMS cruiser market, with many of the Benelli's features out-performing those of its nearest competition. Weight is

Benelli Australia and New Zealand importers, Urban Moto Imports, have confirmed the 502 C will be destined for the New Zealand market with dates and pricing still to be confirmed, but with the Leoncino and TRK variants all coming in under $11,000 we expect the new cruiser to be priced competitively.

Watch this space.


Benelli 502 C Cruiser Specs

Engine: In line 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, liquid cooled , 4 valves for cylinder double overhead camshaft

Displacement: 500cc

Bore x Stroke: 69.0 x 66.8 mm

Compression Ratio: 11.5:1

Power: 35kW (47hp) at 8500rpm

Torque: 45Nm at 5000rpm

Lubrication: Forced lubrication with wet sump

Fuelling: Electronic fuel injection with double throttle body ø 37mm

Claimed Emissions/ Fuel Economy: Euro 4 – CO2 emissions: 96 g/km – Fuel consumption 4,2 l/100km

Clutch: Multidisc wet clutch

Gearbox: 6 speeds

Final Drive: Chain

Frame: Trestle steel tubes and plates

Front Suspension: Upside-down forks Ø 41mm

Front Suspension Stroke: 125mm

Rear Suspension: Rear swing arm with central shock absorber spring preload adjustable

Rear Suspension Stroke: 50mm

Front Brake: Double semi floating disk ø280 mm with 4 piston calliper and ABS

Rear Brake: Single disc ø240 mm with single piston floating calliper and ABS

Front Rim: 17-inch x 3.50-inch Aluminium Alloy

Rear Rim: 17-inch x 4.50-inch Aluminium Alloy

Front Tyre: 120/70 - ZR17 M/C 58W

Rear Tyre: 160/60 - ZR17 M/C 69W

Length: 2280 mm

Width: 940mm

Height: 1140mm

Seat Height: 750mm

Wheelbase: 1600mm

Ground Clearance: 170mm

Kerb Weight: 217kg

Fuel Tank Volume: 21-litres

Fuel Tank Reserve: 3-litres


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