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Benelli is all set to launch its first power cruiser, the 502 C, in India. The bike is expected to arrive in the last week of this month. If priced right, the 502 C could be the most affordable parallel-twin power cruiser in India, with no direct rival. 

However, Honda’s expected to bring in its entire 500cc range in India soon, which includes the hotly anticipated Rebel 500. It’s the only bike that could give the 502 C a run for its money. So how do these bikes stack up against each other on paper?

Specifications

Benelli 502 C

Honda Rebel 500

Engine

500cc liquid cooling parallel-twin

 

471cc liquid cooling parallel-twin

Power

47.5PS @ 8500rpm

46.22PS @ 8500rpm

Torque

46Nm @ 6000rpm

43.3Nm @ 6000rpm

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

The two bikes are almost neck-and-neck when it comes to engine performance. Both cruisers use the same parallel-twin engine configuration with power and torque being delivered at similar rpms.

Benelli 502 C vs Honda Rebel 500: Spec Comparison

However, the 502 C does have a slight advantage. It makes 1.28PS and 2.7Nm more than the Rebel 500. Technically, it should be the quicker one to get off the line, but that notion could change when you factor in the bike’s weight. It’s a whole 25kg heavier than the Rebel 500.

With that in mind, we believe the Rebel 500 will be the quicker of the two, despite its performance deficit.

 

UNDERPINNINGS

Specifications

Benelli 502 C

Honda Rebel 500

Frame

Trellis frame

Diamond type

Front suspension

41mm USD forks

41mm telescopic forks

Rear suspension

Monoshock adjustable for preload

Showa twin shock

Front brake

Twin 280mm discs

Disc

Rear brake

240mm disc

Disc

Front tyre

120/70-17

130/90-16 (ABS)

Rear tyre

160/60-17

150/80-16 (ABS)

The 502 C is clearly better equipped than its Japanese rivals. However, the spec sheet only tells half the story. 

Benelli 502 C vs Honda Rebel 500: Spec Comparison

The 502 C features radial calipers, which should ideally ensure better feedback than the Rebel’s axial units (a.k.a. sliding caliper) on paper. It’s also likely to drop the anchor sooner thanks to its twin disc setup at the front, compared to the Rebel’s single disc. But again, the Rebel 500 is 25kgs lighter, which should make a world of a difference in the real world.

The chunky tyres on both bikes should offer ample stability and grip while accelerating. But it all boils down to the make and compound of the tyres.

 

DIMENSIONS

Specifications

Benelli 502 C

Honda Rebel 500

Wheelbase

1580mm

1490mm

Ground clearance

170mm

125mm

Fuel tank capacity

21.5-litres

11.2-litres

Seat height

750mm

690mm

Kerb weight

216kg

191kg

Benelli 502 C vs Honda Rebel 500: Spec Comparison

The Rebel’s shorter wheelbase and smaller 16-inch tyres should make it the better handler. But its 125mm ground clearance could have you scraping the exhaust or footpegs rather quickly if you push it too hard. The 502 C, on the other hand, should clear most speed breakers and potholes in India, making it better suited for our road conditions.

Benelli 502 C vs Honda Rebel 500: Spec Comparison

Another big plus for the 502 C is its massive 21.5-litre fuel tank — almost twice that of the Rebel 500. So you don’t need to worry about constant fuel stops on long hauls.  

The Rebel has its positives too. It’s a lot lighter with an accessible seat height of 690mm — perfect for shorter riders, especially women.

 

VERDICT

Benelli 502 C (ex-showroom)

Honda Rebel 500 (ex-showroom)

Rs 4.9 lakhs (expected price)

GBP 5,799 (Rs 5.96 lakh)

Benelli 502 C vs Honda Rebel 500: Spec Comparison

Benelli is known to price its products competitively which should give it the edge. A parallel-twin cruiser for under Rs 5 lakh makes for one heck of a value-for-money proposition. That said, it does have its shortcomings. For instance, you’ll have to deal with a rather heavy bike that may not be to everyone’s liking. Then there’s the way it looks. The Ducati Diavel-inspired styling may put people off.  

Benelli 502 C vs Honda Rebel 500: Spec Comparison

This puts the spotlight on the Rebel 500, but it all depends on how Honda manages to price the product. The CB500X, which is based on the same engine platform, is priced well north of Rs 6 lakh, a lot of money for a 500cc cruiser. 

That being said, there will soon be another alternative that’ll surely put up a great fight against these two motorcycles. We’re talking about the upcoming Royal Enfield Roadster which will soon be launched in India. Here’s everything you need to know about the bike.


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