Benelli has been in India for quite some time as one of the many premium motorcycle manufacturers. But the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is now gearing up to introduce its sibling to the country. Benelli will present Keeway in India tomorrow. Keeway, in case you don’t know, is a Hungarian motorcycle manufacturer owned by Qianjinag, a Chinese two-wheeler brand that also owns Benelli. Keeway is currently available in several international markets, including Europe, Thailand, Chile, Malaysia, Pakistan, etc. The motorcycle manufacturer’s range mainly consists of 125cc motorcycles in different body styles such as naked streetfighter, cruiser, biker, etc.
Given Keeway’s 125cc range of bikes, we expect it to help Benelli cater to customers looking for entry-level sportbikes. Benelli, India’s portfolio includes 250cc and 500cc motorcycles.
Keeway’s global range includes 125cc motorcycles such as RKF 125cc E5 (a naked streetfighter) and Superlight 125 (a cruiser). However, we do not know with which bikes the Hungarian brand will enter the Indian two-wheeler market.
For reference, Keeway RKF has a 124cc liquid-cooled engine producing 12hp with 10Nm while the Superlight has a 124cc air-cooled unit to produce 10.45hp at 9000rpm and 10Nm of torque maximum. Both of these bikes come with a five-speed gearbox. Keeway RKF is likely to be a rival to the KTM 125 Duke and rides on inverted forks with monoshock. The Keeway Superlight, however, uses conventional forks with dual rear shocks.