Hungarian brand Keeway has officially entered the Indian market and has unveiled three products that will be launching next week – the K-Light 250V cruiser motorcycle, the Vieste 300 maxi-scooter and the Sixties 300i scooter. All three products will be brought in via the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route and assembled here. Bookings for the two-wheelers have opened online for Rs 10,000 with test rides commencing on May 26, 2022, and deliveries by end of May or early June.
K-Light 250V cruiser features a V-twin engine with belt drive
Vieste 300 maxi-scooter is powered by an 18.7hp, liquid cooled, 278.2cc engine
Sixties 300i scooter uses the same engine as the Vieste
Keeway K-Light 250V cruiser motorcycle details
The Keeway K-Light 250V is a typical cruiser motorcycle with a butch design. It features a large sculpted tank which houses the instrument cluster, a round headlight, a contoured seat for the rider, dual exhaust pipes and a swingarm-mounted mud guard and number plate holder.
The K-Light 250V becomes a unique proposition in the 250cc cruiser segment as it’s the first motorcycle to get a V-twin engine and a belt drive system. The V-twin engine is an 18.7hp, 19Nm, 249cc, air-cooled, 4-valve unit that uses a belt drive system to send power to the rear wheel via a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by a USD fork at the front and hydraulic shocks at the rear.
The K-Light 250V features a 120/80 R16 front tyre and a 140/70 R16 rear tyre with alloys, front and rear disc brakes with dual-channel ABS, LED headlight and tail-light and a 20-litre fuel tank. The cruiser is available in three colour options – Matte Black, Matte Blue and Matte Dark Grey. The K-Light 250V rivals the likes of the Royal Enfield Meteor, Yedzi Roadster and Benelli Imperiale.
Keeway Vieste 300 maxi-scooter details
Keeway has also entered the maxi-scooter arena in India with the Vieste 300. Incidentally, the Vieste is very similar to the Keeway GT270 sold overseas. The Vieste 300 maxi-scooter gets an angular front apron that houses the headlamp unit with four LED projectors. It also gets a tinted windscreen, a part-analogue and part-digital instrument cluster, LED tail-light and keyless operation.
It is powered by a 278.2cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled, 4-valve engine that puts out 18.7hp at 6500rpm and 22Nm at 6000rpm. Braking duties are handled by a 240mm disc up front and a 220mm disc at the rear with dual-channel ABS. Coming to the suspension, it gets a telescopic fork at the front and hydraulic shocks at the rear. The maxi-scooter gets a 12-litre fuel tank, 13-inch alloy wheels with a 110/70 front tyre and a 130/70 rear tyre, and has a kerb weight of 147kg.
The Vieste 300 will be offered in three colours – Matte Black, Matte Blue and Matte White. While it doesn’t have any direct rivals yet, it will slot in the large gap between the Yamaha Aerox 155 and the BMW C400 GT maxi scooters in India.
Keeway Sixties 300i scooter details
Keeway’s Sixties 300i, as the name suggests, is a retro classic scooter inspired by the 1960s. It features plenty of retro styling cues, such as the grille on the front apron, the hexagonal headlight, the split seats and even the font for the ’Sixties’ badging.
However, while it may look old school, it certainly isn’t that in terms of the powertrain. The Sixties 300i makes use of the same 278.2cc, single cylinder engine as the Vieste 300, but gets a smaller 10-litre fuel tank and smaller 12-inch wheels when compared to its maxi-scooter compatriot.
The Sixties 300i features LED lighting, disc brakes at the front and rear with dual-channel ABS, a multi-function ignition switch, and comes in three colours – Matte Light Blue, Matte White and Matte Grey. The Sixties 300i is quite similar to the German Victoria Motorrad Nicky 300 scooter that’s on sale abroad.
Hungarian brand Keeway was formed in 1999 and is currently owned by the Qianjiang (QJ) Group from China, which is also the parent company of Italian brand Benelli. The company is said to have a presence in 98 countries, with its product line including scooters, motorcycles and ATVs ranging from 125cc to 1,200cc in displacement.
Keeway intends to introduce eight products in India in 2022. Following the launch of the aforementioned products, the brand plans on introducing another cruiser, two retro-style street motorcycles, a street naked and a race replica motorcycle in our market. Keeway has partnered up with Adishwar Auto Ride India, which is also Benelli’s partner in the country. Keeway and Benelli will use the assembly plant and a network of 40 plus dealers across the country.
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