The latest addition to the Benelli stable might come as something of a surprise to many motorcyclists, with it being totally at odds with the three cylinder superbikes and touring machines that have come before it. But the 502c actually has rather a lot in common with the side of Benelli’s product that is less well-known in the UK.

After the company were taken over by the Chinese company, Qianjiang, a few years ago, the focus has moved away from top-of-the-market sports bikes and super-trailies, and more towards practical, mid-capacity commuter bikes and scooters. The new 500c is, with little doubt, the most radical of the new bikes in terms of style, yet uses the same powerplant as a number of other models in the rejuvenated Benelli line-up, with the double overhead cam, four valves per cylinder water-cooled lump producing a A2 licence compliant 47bhp.