In this country, motorcycles below 500 cc are in little demand. Only the 390 Duke from KTM confirms the rule as an exception. But in many other regions of the world, this vehicle category is very popular. In some places, a 300 or even a 500 is still considered a prestigious big bike.
From China for India
This is also the case in India, where the two new 300 models from Keeway were first presented in September 2022. Where Keeway is not an Indian manufacturer, but a brand that belongs to the large Chinese Qianjiang Group – like Benelli, by the way. With the K 300 R and the K 300 N, market shares in India are to be conquered first. That these modern 300s will later also be offered in China and other export markets is not only possible, but very likely.
27.5 hp and 6 gears
This also applies to Europe. Because the exhaust gas limits in India have now been tightened to such an extent that the Euro 5 standard should not pose a major technical or formal hurdle. A water-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection is used as the drive, which gets 27.5 hp from exactly 292.4 cc at 8,750 rpm. Keeway’s maximum torque of 25 Nm at 7,000 rpm is also quite decent. So that this potential can be used well, the transmission has six gears.
Two disc brakes with ABS
The chassis of the two K 300 variants is just as modern, above all with the 37 mm upside-down telescopic fork. A single disc brake at the front is easily sufficient in this class, but the four-piston brake caliper is bolted on radially, in keeping with the trend. Disc brakes are also used at the rear, and Keeway also packs a full two-channel ABS. The K 300 N and K 300 R roll on the same 17-inch aluminum wheels, with size 110 tires at the front and size 140 tires at the rear.
With fairing 14 kilos heavier
The main differences between the naked bike and the sport bike are obviously the extent of the plastic fairing and the shape and positioning of the handlebars. There are, however, a few different details. For example the tank volume: The N has 12.5 liters and the R 12 liters. With a full tank, the K 300 N should weigh 151 kilograms, the K 300 R 165 kilograms – i.e. 14 kilograms more.
Converted from around 3,300 euros
LED lights all around are announced by Keeway, so far there are no further details or photos of the cockpit. The K 300 N is available from 265,000 Indian rupees, which corresponds to around 3,300 euros. The K 300 R is available from 299,000 Indian rupees, i.e. from around 3,800 euros.
Yes, the manufacturers from China have a lot of tailwind and money is not an issue.
Never, passion, history and quality, China doesn’t learn overnight.
Two modern, attractive new 300s from Keeway. Once naked and once sporty. In terms of price and performance, Keeway ducks below KTM and BMW, also a bit below the Japanese brands. Initially, the K 300 N and the K 300 R are only available in India, later they may also come to Europe.