Hungarian brand Keeway, owned by the Qianjiang (QJ) Group, has just launched its fourth product in India – the V302C bobber – priced from Rs 389,000 to Rs 409,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). Just like the smaller K-Light 250V, this motorcycle features a V-Twin engine configuration, which isn’t a common sight these days.
The V302C is powered by a 298cc, V-Twin liquid-cooled engine which develops 29.5hp at 8500rpm and 26.5Nm of torque at 6500rpm. Mated to this V-Twin engine (uncommon configuration for the category) is a 6-speed gearbox.
Vikas Jhabakh, Managing Director, Keeway India, said, “We are constantly evolving our product portfolio in line with the needs of the modern Indian motorcyclist. The V302C is quite a handsome motorcycle with unmatched ergonomics, superior functionality, innovative technology, and uncompromised quality. We are certain that the V302C will evoke an overwhelming response similar to the Keeway Sixties 300i, Vieste 300, and K-light 250V.”
Suspension duties for this 167kg motorcycle are carried out by a telescopic fork at the front with 120mm of travel and twin shock absorbers at the rear with a scant 42mm of travel. Braking is handled by a 300mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear. The V302C bobber runs on cast alloy rims at both ends, with tyres sized 120/80-16 at the front and 150/80-15 at the rear.
In terms of features, the V302C sports fully-digital instrumentation, dual-channel ABS, all-LED lighting, a single-piece seat and a 15-litre fuel tank. A unique feature on the V302C is the presence of a belt final drive as seen on larger machines, as opposed to the chain final drive usually found on machines in this price bracket.
No real rivals in Indian marketplace
With the Rs 389,000 price tag, the V302C sits in a niche of its own and has no real rivals to speak of. It does plug a hole, sitting between the Rs 225,000 Benelli Imperiale 400 and the Rs 520,000 Benelli 502C cruiser. The V302C bobber is available in three colour options, grey (Rs 389,000), black (Rs 399,000) and red (Rs 409,000).
Going forward, Keeway plans to introduce four more models before the end of this year, two of which will be retro street classics, one sporty naked and one sporty motorcycle. In addition to the V302C, Keeway’s India line-up also comprises the Vieste 300 maxi-scooter, Sixties 300i retro-styled cruiser and the Keeway K-Light 250V cruiser.