Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Benelli TRK 251: Which is better?
Italian automaker Benelli had launched its TRK 251 adventure motorbike in India last week. The vehicle flaunts a sporty design, a BS6-compliant 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine, and offers several accessories. So, at a price-point of around Rs. 2.5 lakh, should you opt for the TRK 251 or the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which is another great option?
- The 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan has been on sale in India since February. The bike offers good looks and great features at an affordable price.
- On the other hand, the Benelli TRK 251 is the brand's first BS6-compliant quarter-liter offering here. The latest addition to the portfolio of roadsters is expected to attract many buyers thanks to its touring elements and impressive appearance.
Royal Enfield Himalayan sits on a split cradle frame, while TRK 251 is built on a steel trestle chassis. They have a sloping fuel tank, a prominent beak, a stepped-up seat, a rear rack, and a side-slung exhaust. The Himalayan has a semi-digital instrument console, a halogen headlight, and an LED taillamp, while the TRK 251 offers a digital cluster and full-LED lighting arrangement.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan has a wheelbase of 1,465mm, a fuel storage capacity of 15 liters, and weighs 199kg. In comparison, the Benelli TRK 251 can store 18 liters of fuel, has a wheelbase of 1,390mm, and tips the scales at 164kg.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan runs on a BS6-compliant 411cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 24hp and a peak torque of 32Nm. The mill is linked to a 5-speed gearbox. On the other hand, the Benelli TRK 251 is fueled by a BS6-compliant 249cc single-cylinder motor that makes 25.4hp/21.1Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox.
In terms of safety equipment, the Royal Enfield Himalayan and Benelli TRK 251 are equipped with disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels, along with dual-channel ABS for improved handling on the roads. Suspension duties on the two bikes are taken care of by telescopic forks on the front side and a mono-shock unit on the rear end.
In India, the Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike falls in the price-bracket of Rs. 2.1-2.17 lakh, while the Benelli TRK 251 carries a price-tag of Rs. 2.51 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Our vote goes in favor of the TRK 251 as it is lighter, offers better tech features, can store more fuel, and packs a more powerful engine.