Hungarian brand Keeway debuts in India with a cruiser and two scooters
Keeway plans to bring eight products to India in 2022, including two retro-styled street bikes and a racing replica.
Hungarian brand Keeway has officially entered the Indian market and unveiled three products that will be launched next week: the K-Light 250V cruiser motorcycle, the Vieste 300 maxi-scooter and the Sixties 300i scooter. All three products will be introduced via the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route and assembled here. Reservations for the two-wheelers have opened online for Rs 10,000 with trials starting May 26, 2022 and deliveries in late May or early June.
The K-Light 250V cruiser features a V-twin engine with belt drive
The Vieste 300 maxi-scooter is powered by an 18.7 hp 278.2 cc liquid-cooled engine
The 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 that houses the instrument cluster, a round headlight, a contoured rider seat, dual exhaust pipes and a swingarm-mounted fender and license plate bracket.
The K-Light 250V becomes a unique proposition in the 250cc cruiser segment as it is the first motorcycle to feature a V-twin engine and belt drive system. The V-twin engine is an 18.7hp, 19Nm, 249cc, 4-valve, air-cooled 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 telescopic fork up front and hydraulic shock absorbers in the rear.
The K-Light 250V includes a 120/80 R16 front tire and a 140/70 R16 rear alloy tire, front and rear disc brakes with dual channel ABS, LED headlight and taillight and fuel tank of 20 liters. The cruiser is available in three color options: matte black, matte blue and matte dark gray. The K-Light 250V rivals the Royal Enfield Meteor, Yedzi Roadster and Benelli Imperiale.
Details of the Keeway Vieste 300 maxi-scooter
Keeway 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 receives an angular front apron which houses the optical unit with four LED headlights. It also features a tinted windshield, split-seat configuration, analog and digital instrument panel, LED taillight and keyless operation.
It is powered by a 278.2cc, 4-valve, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that develops 18.7hp at 6,500rpm and 22Nm at 6,000rpm. Braking duties are handled by a 240mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear with dual-channel ABS. As for the suspension, it gets a telescopic fork up front and hydraulic shock absorbers in the rear. The maxi-scooter gets a 12-litre fuel tank, 13-inch alloy wheels with a 110/70 front tire and a 130/70 rear tire, and has a curb weight of 147 kg.
The Vieste 300 will be offered in three colors: matte black, matte blue and matte white. Although it has no direct rivals yet, it will fill the big gap between the Yamaha Aerox 155 and the BMW C400 GT maxi scooters in India.
Details of the Keeway Sixties 300i scooter
The Sixties 300i from Keeway, as the name suggests, is a retro classic scooter inspired by the 1960s. It features many retro styling elements, such as the grille on the front apron, the hexagonal headlight, the split seats and even the font for the “Sixties” badge.
However, while that might sound old school, it certainly isn’t in terms of the powertrain. The Sixties 300i uses the same 278.2cc single-cylinder engine as the Vieste 300, but has a smaller 10-litre fuel tank and smaller 12-inch wheels compared to its maxi-scooter compatriot.
The Sixties 300i is equipped with LED lighting, front and rear disc brakes with dual channel ABS, a multifunction ignition switch and is available in three colors – matte light blue, white matte and matte gray. The Sixties 300i is quite similar to the German Victoria Motorrad Nicky 300 scooter which is on sale overseas.
The Hungarian brand Keeway was established in 1999 and is currently owned by the Chinese Qianjiang (QJ) group, which is also the parent company of the Italian brand Benelli. The company is said to have a presence in 98 countries, with its product line including scooters, motorcycles and ATVs ranging in size from 125cc to 1200cc.
Keeway intends to introduce eight products in India in 2022. Following the launch of the aforementioned products, the brand plans to introduce another cruiser, two retro-styled street bikes, a naked street and a replica racing bike in our market. Keeway has teamed 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 more than 40 dealerships across the country.
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