Hungarian motorcycle brand Keeway enters the Indian market
Hungarian motorcycle brand Keeway, which is owned by the chinese giant Qianjiang group has officially entered the Indian market with the help of Benelli India, who is also owned by the same parent company. Keeway has plans to introduce eight different models that will cater to the Scooter, Cruiser, Retro Street and Sports categories by the end of 2022. And initially, it has showcased three models: the Keeway K-Light 250V cruiser, the Vieste 300 Maxi scooter and the Sixties 300i neo-retro scooter.
Keeway K-Light 250V
The K-Light 250V is a cruiser that is powered by an air-cooled 249cc V-twin engine which produces 18.4bhp and 19Nm torque. It features a five-speed gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels via a first-in-class belt drive system. It gets a telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic shocks at the rear.
On the styling front, the K-Light 250V gets a round headlight with halogen bulbs and a round DRL. It gets a sculpted tank with a 20-litre capacity and a split seat. There are also dual exhaust pipes which apart from looking good, should also give the K-Light 250V a unique soundtrack considering its twin engine configuration. At the rear the motorcycle also gets a swingarm-mounted number plate holder and a high set LED tail light.
The K-Light 250V gets a 120/80 section front tyre and a 140/70 rear tyre with 16-inch alloys and that should ideally give it a ride quality that will suit its cruising credentials. It gets disc brakes at the front and back with dual-channel ABS and is available in three colour options — Matte Black, Matte Blue and Matte Dark Grey.
Keeway Vieste 300
Styling is where the Vieste 300 shines, at least from the front, featuring an aggressive front apron that houses the headlamp with four LED projectors. It also gets flushed indicators and a smoker out visor that looks really cool. There's no need for you to remove the Vieste's key out of your pocket to start it as it gets a keyless start/stop system.
It gets propelled by a 278cc, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine that kicks out 18.4hp and 22Nm of maximum power. It rides on 13-inch alloy wheels and gets disc brakes at both ends — a 240mm disc up front and a 220mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is standard. Suspension wise, it gets a telescopic fork at the front and hydraulic shocks at the rear. The Vieste 300 also gets a 12-litre fuel tank and it has a kerb weight of 147kg. It will be available in three colours – Matte Black, Matte Blue and Matte White.
Keeway Sixties 300i
If neo-retro styling is your thing, then the Keeway Sixties 300i night interest you. While it remains identical mechanically to its maxi-scooter sibling, it wears a different dress on top that is inspired by the 1960s.
Featuring plenty of retro themed stuff like the grille on the front apron, the vertically set tail lights, the fender ornament and a split seat. It is sure to turn heads.
The Sixties 300i also features all the same tech as the Vieste 300 apart from the keyless ignition system. It can be had in one of these three colours: Matte Light Blue, Matte White and Matte Grey.
All the three Keeway products are brought in as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits and then assembled at Keeway's plant in Hyderabad. They have been tweaked in terms of ground clearance and suspension setups for the Indian market. Bookings for the two-wheelers have opened online for Rs 10,000 and Keeway has told us that deliveries will commence by the end of May or early June.