Can this small newbie fill the shoes of bigger bikes at one-third the price?Up until a couple of months back, if you wanted a true-blue twin-cylinder bobber experience, the Triumph Bobber and Harley-Davidson Forty Eight were your only alternatives. Both have asking prices approximately the like a midsize sedan, putting them out of reach for the majority of us. The just recently released Rs 3.89 lakh Keeway V302C intends to provide a comparable experience for a lot less dough.Keeway V302C evaluation: style Theres no rejecting the Keeway V302C is a quite machine.In the week I invested with it, many individuals swiveled their heads around to appreciate its butch position. The handsome all-LED headlight has decent toss at high beam, although the low beam could be much better. Whats not nice is the exposed electrical wiring around the front fascia and I d have liked to see a small flyscreen to help enhance the looks. The front merges into a richly painted fuel tank that looks deceptively small but still holds 15 litres, which must conveniently equate to a variety of over 300km, if ridden sensibly.The riders seat is just 690mm off the ground making sure that riders of all sizes and shapes will be able to reach the ground. Its also quite well-padded and generous, even for my portly, err, undercarriage. In plain contrast is the small, wafer-thin pillion perch, which even my sweetheart (whos 4 11″) found a bit too little for comfort. The cherry atop this pretty cake, in my books at least, is the dainty LED tail-lamp sat atop the stroking rear fender. However, these long, low-slung good appearances do come at a price.Keeway V302C review: ergonomics, ride and handlingRiding position is a bit awkward.The Keeways almost-flat handlebar canters your torso forward and the slightly forward set foot pegs press your feet ahead, leading to the riders triangle sensation akin to an acute-angled boomerang. This would not be such a bad thing if Mumbais roads were smooth and a reasonable amount of suspension travel was offered. Unfortunately, neither point is real, with abysmal roads, and a scant 120mm and 42mm of front and rear suspension travel, respectively. This equates to your back feeling the brunt of every pit, growth joint and uneven surface area. What makes matters even worse is the riders triangle makes it hard to stand and prevent effects, making regular stops to stretch inevitable.While the flight quality is extreme, the V302Cs handling left me remarkably impressed. The long and low silhouette would have you believe that this bike is best matched to travelling down straight highways, but show it a twisty ribbon of tarmac and it is more than happy to boogie. The 167kg kerb weight feels simple and easy and the Timsun tyres are grippy sufficient to bring decent speed through the bends. What does hamper the corner-carving is the minimal cornering clearance on deal with the exhaust and footpegs both touching down relatively rapidly. The petite measurements of the Keeway also allow you a great deal of space to filter through traffic although turning radius is limited.Keeway V302C evaluation: engine and brakes Brakes lack power and ABS intervention could be better.The liquid-cooled 298cc V-Twin powering the Keeway V302C is quite an unusual engine setup in this sector as is its belt drive system. While the 29.5 hp/26.5 Nm output figures are nothing to compose home about, its the improvement that actually sets it apart from the single cylinder bobbers from Classic Legends. Unlike most V-Twins, this one doesnt really warm up either.Performance is far from lacking thanks to the strong mid-range, although power routes off above 9,000 rpm. The motor also has good tractability, and 45kph in 6th gear is perfectly comfy. One drawback on the engine front is the brief gearing, which caps cruising speeds at simply around 100kph, after which it gets rather buzzy.Mind you, pressing previous 100kph is not something that you d want to do provided the uninspiring braking efficiency available. The brakes do not have feel and require to be given a proper yank to haul the bike down. ABS intervention is much too mindful as well and can put you in a bind in panic braking scenarios.Keeway V302C review: functions, fit and finishUpside-down name plate is shoddy.Given its rather positive prices (versus its 300cc peers), there are some glaring omissions here. A simple yet useful LCD show is on task here, but its difficult to check out under direct sunlight thanks to its awkward positioning. The only other notable feature is a USB charger. Theres also no escaping the truth that this is a fast rebadged Benda BD300– something that can be seen in the Benda logos visible in numerous areas like the LCD display, the fuel tank, headlight and more. We likewise dealt with some concerns, like the horn would quit working periodically, and a problem with the low rpm fuelling that the service folks solved by raising the idle rpm to a little above 2,000 rpm. The company claims that higher-spec horns are on the method, which will resolve this problem. Maybe the most glaring concern of all was the benefit down badge set up in clear view on the air filter cover on the ideal side of the engine.Keeway V302C evaluation: verdictAt Rs 3.89 lakh, the Keeway V302C costs nearly double compared to the other 300cc single cylinder bobbers in India. Its V-Twin engine is a specific highlight and the aesthetic appeals are area on also. The trouble is that besides these positives, theres not much else to cheer about. The trip is punishing if you dont have access to smooth roads, its pillion seat is all however worthless and the irregular fit and finish and glaring lack of attention to information does not validate its premium cost. If you are on a sub-Rs 5 lakh spending plan but want something likewise elegant with a multi-cylinder engine, a pre-loved maker from one of the reputed brand names is your best bet.Also See: Keeway Vieste 300 reviewKeeway Sixties 300i review
The recently introduced Rs 3.89 lakh Keeway V302C aims to provide a similar experience for a lot less dough.Keeway V302C review: style Theres no rejecting the Keeway V302C is a pretty machine.In the week I spent with it, lots of people rotated their heads around to appreciate its butch stance. These long, low-slung good looks do come at a price.Keeway V302C evaluation: ergonomics, flight and handlingRiding position is a bit awkward.The Keeways almost-flat handlebar canters your torso forward and the mildly forward set foot pegs press your feet ahead, resulting in the riders triangle sensation similar to an acute-angled boomerang. What makes matters worse is the riders triangle makes it difficult to stand up and avoid effects, making frequent stops to stretch inevitable.While the ride quality is harsh, the V302Cs handling left me remarkably impressed. The petite measurements of the Keeway also permit you a lot of space to filter through traffic although turning radius is limited.Keeway V302C review: engine and brakes Brakes do not have power and ABS intervention might be better.The liquid-cooled 298cc V-Twin powering the Keeway V302C is quite an unusual engine setup in this section as is its belt drive system. ABS intervention is much too cautious as well and can put you in a bind in panic braking scenarios.Keeway V302C review: functions, fit and finishUpside-down name plate is shoddy.Given its rather positive pricing (against its 300cc peers), there are some glaring omissions here.