You got it right: a sport motorcycle, with only 24.5 hp and slick tires, venturing into a trophy under pouring rain that heavily soaked the off-road track: the grip is excellent, despite the road being soaked wet, and the manageability of the bike along the tiny streets of this small ancient Umbrian town is highly appreciated. We are talking about a riding position that is comfortable right from the start.
Winding roads amongst woods, ups and downs and asphalt flooded by heavy rains do not diminish it compared to any other motorcycle.
First stretch: dirt road, drenched with puddles; our little girl behaves well, the tires don’t lose their grip (17“ rims), the frame is rigid enough and the shock absorbers do their job.
Second stretch: gravel road; the "little bike" continues to behave well; I must confess that it really surprises us.
Third stretch: climb with gravel.
Here the little TRK amazes us: it goes up just like that and plunges down over these little bumps with a nonchalance that makes us forget that it’s a road vehicle with slick tires.
Grand finale: steep climb with loose rocks. Three hundred meters uphill and the Benellli starts to jump on the rocks, losing grip, squirreling around ... and finally bogs down ... yep ... no going up anymore ... it goes without saying that the group of off-roaders comes to the rescue pushing the “TRK251” safely up the climb (it’s easy to push a bike that weighs only 153 kg), but after the climb comes the descent and the road tires on the muddy downhill can be, or better cannot be, felt: no grip at all, so it’s like an icy ski slope, the feet on the ground and the legs wide out act like skis for our rider, who leads the little bike to the bottom but obviously decides to abandon the hard track for the paved road. A phone call to the organization and in no time the route designed to follow the other participants is received. As expected, on blacktop, even if wet, the Benelli TRK251 is at its best: it’s pure fun to let it glide along the winding roads of Umbria and Marche, climbing up to the Gran Sasso with ease and reaching the group for lunch at Leonessa, without delays.