The K300 N and K300 R are two new motorcycles that Keeway India has introduced to the Indian market. In contrast to the K300 R, which has a complete fairing, the K300 N is a sports naked motorbike. Both best motorcycles have the same structural foundation.
Price-wise, the K300 N is between 2.65 lakh and 2.85 lakh, while the K300 R is between 2.99 lakh and 3.20 lakh. All quoted prices are ex-showroom and are included.
The variety of motorcycles in the 300cc class is gradually but steadily expanding. These bikes are also affordable while providing enough performance to satisfy the needs of riders upgrading from bikes with half the engine displacement.
Keeway, with its K300 N and K300 R models, is the most recent player in this market. The R is the faired version of the 300 N, as the suffix suggests, but there are other differences between the two bikes.
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Features of the Keeway K300 N and K300 R
letting’s start with the layout. The nicer-looking and more attention-getting motorcycle between the two is the K300 R. more so if you enjoy motorcycles with fairings. Split LED headlights and DRLs, which are evocative of the Ducati Panigale from the previous generation, give the front end a distinctive appearance.
The remaining body panels, the thin fuel tank, and the compact tail section with a well-thought-out LED taillight integrated within are all attractive design features. In addition to its distinctive appearance, the bike is made all the more appealing by its vivid red color.
Conversely, individuals who enjoy street naked bikes will adore the design of the K300 N. The precisely formed tank, the exposed steel trellis frame, and the engine all draw attention to the center, where the visual mass is essentially centered. Indeed, one of the best bike features of both the N and the R is the design, including the sleek-looking LED headlight and the simple tail section.
Overall, the build quality is respectable. Although there are no uneven panel gaps or awkward welds, the switches are of poor quality. Considering the expense of these motorcycles, I also don’t like the horn button’s awkward placement or the LCD’s simplicity.
K300 N and K300 R from Keeway: ergonomics
When you get on the K300 N, it is immediately clear that it has the more comfortable riding position out of the two. The riding position is a little sporty, and I appreciated the spaciousness of the seat. The rider’s triangle on the K300 R has comparable issues even though it is supersport. It is also not excessive.
Keeway K300 N and K300 R: Engine performance details
The 292.4cc liquid-cooled engine in both motorcycles produces the same peak power and torque outputs. Their performance is comparable, as expected, with 0-100kph times in the low 8-second range. Because of its 14kg weight advantage, the N accelerates to 100kph slightly quicker.
The fact that the engine is generally pretty smooth, tractable at city speeds, and has a powerful mid-range to pull those rapid overtakes is what most people will find interesting. The incredibly light clutch and seamless transmission are also a blessing when traveling in traffic.
The engine doesn’t feel stressed when traveling at highway speeds, but a slight buzz in the handlebar and footpegs becomes louder when you rev the engine close to its redline. Overall, these Keeways’ performance is respectable enough to beat the Suzuki Gixxer 250, but it falls far short of that of the BMW G 310 R/RR and far behind that of the KTM 390 Duke/RC390.
K300 N and K300 R from Keeway: ride and handling
The bikes have a steel trellis frame and are supported by a USD fork and monoshock. What is quite surprising is how well the bikes handle Mumbai’s appalling roads. The K300 R’s significantly plusher ride is another pleasant surprise. On our streets, it does a good job of smoothing out jagged edges and sloppy patching for a supersport, and for some reason, the back is comfier than the N.
The best aspect is that handling isn’t sacrificed for this kind of ride quality. The R’s stickier tires help you feel more grounded as you turn, and changing lanes is also easier thanks to this. The 135mm ground clearance will be a problem while driving over large speed breakers. The K300 N, in contrast, is equally predictable around curves, but what I cherished most about it was its agile handling in city traffic.
Both bikes had powerful, progressive brakes, as you would anticipate from a motorbike in this class. I was a little confused by the ABS calibration. It was a little bit too sensitive, kicking in unnecessarily when I braked over a slight bump in the road and remaining engaged for much too long.
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Keeway K300 N and K300 R have dropped price up to Rs 54,000.
The K300 N has now been priced at Rs 2.55 lakh, making it up to Rs 30,000 more affordable than when it was in the Rs 2.65 lakh–2.85 lakh pricing range. The K300 R is currently available for Rs 2.65 lakh, which is Rs 54,000 less expensive than its previous price range of Rs 2.99 lakh–3.19 lakh.
With these new costs, the K300 R is Rs 30,000 less expensive than the BMW G 310 RR and priced similarly to the TVS Apache RR 310. Now, the K300 N costs Rs 18,000 more than the KTM 250 Duke and Rs 15,000 more than the BMW G 310 R.