Keeway Vieste 300 launched in India, gets a nearly 300 cc engine but weighs just 147 kg dry with low seat height as well
Hungarian manufacturer, Keeway, has launched its Vieste 300 maxi scooter in India. Prices will be announced later. It’s the same GT 270 scooter sold overseas.
Bookings are currently open for a token amount of Rs. 10,000/- at Benelli dealerships across the country and the maxi scooter is being sold alongside the Benelli motorcycles. While the scooter will be available for test rides on 26th May, deliveries will commence from June.
The Keeway Vieste 300 is a proper maxi scooter with a long body, step-up seat, large engine, fat tires, a free standing handle bar, and a dedicated windshield. The body has many cuts and creases throughout for a busy design language that’s also quite appealing.
The scooter gets LED projector headlights, DRLs, tail lights, and indicators. It also features a keyless fob and what Keeway calls a ‘continental drive system’.
The maxi scooter is available in 3 colours – Matte Blue, Matte Black, and Matte White.
The Vieste 300 is powered by a 278.2 cc single cylinder fuel-injected liquid-cooled engine that puts out 18.7 HP at 6500 RPM and 22 Nm at 6000 RPM. The engine is mated to a CVT gearbox.
Though it’s a proper maxi scooter powered by a nearly 300 cc engine, it tips the scale at just 147 kg (dry) while the seat height is also 770 mm only. So, it’s not only easy to handle for women but also comfortable for short riders. The instrument cluster is an all-digital unit.
The front wheel gets 240 mm disc while stopping at the rear is by a 220 mm disc. Dual channel ABS comes standard on the scooter. As far as tires are concerned, the front gets 110/70-R13 tyre and the rear gets 130/70-R13 unit.
The scooter’s fuel tank capacity is 12 litres. The wheelbase is quite long at 1390 mm, and the ground clearance is low at 135 mm.
Keeway is quite popular the world over for its small cruisers, scooters, street bikes, and off-roaders. While Keeway’s roots are in Hungary, it’s currently owned by the famous QJ Group of China that also owns the Benelli brand.
Though India has 2 scooters – Suzuki Burgman and Aprilia SXR 125 which portrayed as maxi scooters, they aren’t truly maxi ones as they are neither powerful nor have looks and comfort of a pure maxi scooter.
BMW sells its proper maxi scooter C 400 GT in India but its priced close to that of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX offering no value at least in the Indian context.
So, the Keeway Vieste 300 sits right in the middle and might soon disrupt the 300 cc segment being its first maxi scooter.