Hot on the heels of the launch of the 2017 Benelli RFS150i supercub comes two additions to the Benelli Malaysia range, the dual-purpose styled middleweight touring TRK 502 and the small-displacement 302R sportsbike. The 2017 Benelli TRK 502 comes in three flavours – the base 502 at RM30,621, the 502 SP with hard case panniers at RM31,681 and the 502 SP2 at RM32,423 with the addition of a top box.

Meanwhile, the full-fairing sports oriented 2017 Benelli 302R is set to go on sale at a price of RM23,201. All prices include GST, but exclude road tax, registration and insurance.

The middleweight dual-purpose sports tourer TRK 502 comes with an all-new liquid-cooled, OHC, eight-valve, parallel-twin that displaces 500 cc, and is fed by fuel injection. Power is claimed to be 47 hp at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm, with power getting to the ground via a six-speed gearbox.

Designed to be a versatile all-rounder, the TRK 502 has a torque curve that is as flat as possible, meaning good engine response. An adjustable upside-down fork with 150 mm of travel props up the front end, while the rear gets a pre-load adjustable monoshock that travels through 45 mm.

Braking for the TRK 502 is with twin 320 mm diameter discs in front, and a single 260 mm disc at the back, all grabbed by twin-piston floating callipers, and switchable ABS is standard. Dry weight is printed at 210 kg, and seat height is a reasonable 815 mm.

Fuel for the TRK 502 is carried in a 20-litre tank, which will give it good travel range on the road. The three versions of the 2017 Benelli TRK 502 are identical, save for the addition of hard case panniers for the SP version, and the SP2 version gets an additional hard shell top box.

There are three colour schemes available for the Benelli TRK 502 – white, grey and graphite black. Direct competitor to the TRK 502 is the Honda CB500X, with two models available, the standard CB500X at RM31,893 and the RM35,391 Honda CBR500XA with ABS.

On the small-displacement sportsbike side of things is the 2017 Benelli 302R, that carries a 300 cc, DOHC, eight-valve, liquid-cooled parallel twin. Power for the 302R is rated at 37.5 hp at 10,000 rpm and torque is claimed to be 27.4 Nm at 9,000 rpm.

Intended to be a lightweight sportsbike with good handling, the 302R comes with upside-down forks and a monoshock at the back, with 120 mm and 45 mm of travel, respectively. Twin 260 mm diameter brake discs, standard with ABS, handle the stopping, with a single 240 mm disc in the rear.

The Benelli 302R comes with a 14-litre fuel tank, and dry weight is claimed to be 190 kg. Three colour options are on offer – white/red, black/red and silver/green. Locally, the 302R goes up against the Kawasaki Ninja 300, priced at approximately RM27,000.