Battle Of 250 cc ADVs – KTM 250 Adventure Vs Benelli TRK 251

Let’s see out of 250 Adventure and TRK 251, which is a better ADV on paper…

With the entry of the TRK251 in the entry Adventure space, things have definitely gotten hotter. Let us, quickly, pit it against the KTM 250 Adventure in an on-paper spec COMPARO to see how does it fare against the established direct rival…

250 Adventure vs TRK251 – COMPARO

  1. Engine – 

We can see here that the KTM 250 Adventure is slightly more powerful and has more torque than the Benelli TRK 251. However, the Fuel Capacity of the Benelli is 3.5 Liter more than the KTM. Benelli is using standard clutch configuration while the KTM is offering Slipper Clutch as standard. The KTM is clearly better than Benelli here. 

The 250 Adventure clearly packs in a more powerful and torquey engine with numbers significantly higher. They also come peak at lower rpms. But adventure riding is not all about high numbers. We hope the TRK is fund to ride.

The Adventure also gets a slipper clutch but where the Benelli triumphs over is the large fuel tank capacity that is 3.5 liters higher. Along with relatively lesser numbers, this should give a fairly large range – a much needed trait in ADVs.

Name KTM 250 Adventure Benelli TRK 251
Type Single-cylinder, 4-valve, 4-stroke, DOHC Single-cylinder, 4-valve, 4-stroke
Displacement 248.76 cc 249 cc
Maximum Power 29.5 BHP at 9000 RPM 25.47 BHP at 9250 RPM
Maximum Torque 24 Nm at 7500 RPM 21.2 Nm at 8000 RPM
Gearbox 6-speed  6-speed
Clutch Slipper (PASC) Wet multi-plate
Fuel Capacity 14.5 Liters 18 Liters
  1. The Chassis and Suspension Set-up – 

Here again, the KTM appears to have a better suspension set-up with long travel suspension – both rear and front looking better than the Benelli and rides on better ground clearance as well. Suspension set-up is hard to comprehend right now as we have to ride to understand how these two bikes compare. 

Name KTM 250 Adventure Benelli TRK 251
Frame Type Steel Trellis Frame Steel Trestle in Steel Tubes
Front Suspension WP Apex 43 Telescopic Forks
Front Sus. Travel 170 mm 135 mm
Rear Suspension WP Apex – Monoshock Telescopic Coil Spring – oil damped
Rear Sus. Travel  177 mm 51 mm
Ground Clearance  200 mm 170 mm 
  1. The Dimensions – 
Name KTM 250 Adventure Benelli TRK 251
Wheelbase 1430 mm  1390 mm 
Seat Height  855 mm  800 mm
Kerb Weight (dry) 156 kg 164 kg

The KTM 250 Adventure is longer and taller than the Benelli TRK 251. The taller seat height will bother and deter shorter riders and they will naturally lean towards the TRK 251. However, the weight of the Benelli will bother the rider as the dry weight and hence, the gross weight will be a lot more than KTM 250 Adventure. 

  1. The Brakes and Tyres – 
Name KTM 250 Adventure Benelli TRK 251
Front Brake 320 mm Disc 280 mm Disc
Rear Brake 230 mm Disc 240 mm Disc
Front Tyre 19” Alloy – 110/90 17” Alloy – 110/70
Rear Tyre 17” Alloy – 130/80 17” Alloy – 150/60

The KTM is better equipped with bigger disc brakes at the front and rides on bigger front wheel. It will provide the rider better confidence at the front when tackling un-paved terrain. The wider rear tyre will provide better grip in the KTM than the Benelli as well. 

  1. The Miscellaneous – 
Name KTM 250 Adventure Benelli TRK 251
Headlight Halogen LED 
Tail-light LED  LED
Instrumentation  Digital Digital
ABS Dual-Channel Dual-Channel
Mobile Connectivity None  None
GPS Navigation None  None
Starter Electric Electric
Final Drive Chain Chain
  1. The Price – 
Name KTM 250 Adventure Benelli TRK 251
Price Rs. 2.51 Lakh (ex-sh.) Rs. 2.35 Lakh (ex-sh.)

We can see from this comparison that the KTM 250 Adventure, though being a little expensive, is better value-for-money than the Benelli TRK 251. The KTM is providing better specs and better features than the Benelli does. However, the better option among these comes down to the buyer who will consider each spec and feature according to his/her own criteria and will then decide what suits him/her better.  

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