Keeway RKR 165
Market status: Available in Bangladesh
Visitor Rating of Keeway RKR 165
Most renowned branded sport bikes are expensive. Thinking about buying about those sport bikes is equal to thinking about selling a kidney, or maybe both. But then came the Chinese bikes. Lifan, Keeway, Haojue, Loncin, and many more. These Chinese brands brought bikes in the Bangladeshi Market at half the prices of their Japanese rivals. One of those Chinese sports bikes that made its way into the Bangladeshi market is the Keeway RKR 165.
Keeway is a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer that reaches the Bangladeshi consumer through Aftab Automobiles Limited. Keeway has been operating in Bangladesh for quite a while. The Keeway RKR 165 was initially introduced at the 5th Dhaka Bike Show. It has since then caused extreme anticipation among bikers. And we got to test ride the bike this year. And this is our review of the bike.
The bike comes fully faired and sports graphics. Although looking at the graphics will remind you of other Keeway RK series bikes, the graphics are fairly similar. But the bike has edgy graphics and looks less aggressive and more soothing.
The Keeway RKR 165 comes with clip-on handlebars. Although most clip-ons result in back and wrist pain for maximum riders. But these clip-ons come with handlebar risers. Hence, the bike may not be as comfortable as a commuter bike, and may not be as aggressive as a crotch-rocket, but floats among both worlds. This means that you can take this bike out for an occasional spin out of the Dhaka City, commute inside the City and also show off your sporty bike in front of your friends.
The Keeway RKR 165 also comes with a dual headlight set up (one for low beam and one for high beam). Although both the headlights are sadly old-school halogen lights and not LEDs, they are very bright. The lights were tested on a highway and the results were satisfactory, which means the lights were just right for the highway and the city.
The Keeway RKR 165 was not inspired by any other bike, rather it was built from the ground up. And that is why the bike comes in three colors:
The Keeway RKR 165 is a tall bike. It has a seat height of 770 mm and a ground clearance of 160 mm. It is evident that for a short rider, it will be difficult to ride the bike. The bike is also noticeably wide. It has a width of 740 mm, which outcomes to not being able to squeeze through traffic.
The height, length, and weight of Keeway RKR 165 are 1120 mm, 2050 mm, and 153 kg respectively. The wheelbase of the bike is shorter than most bikes, being 1310 mm.
Engine and Transmission:
The Keeway RKR 165 has an EFI engine. The engine has a single-cylinder, 4 strokes, and 4 valves. The bike comes in a 164.7 cc engine and pumps out 17.8 bhp at 9500 rpm and 14 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm. The bike is less torquey but quite powerful. So even if you can’t wheelie on it whenever you want, you can flabbergast your fellow rider with your speed and linear acceleration. The linear acceleration is due to the triple spark plug system. The triple spark plug allows the engine to run very smoothly.
The Keeway RKR 165 comes with a regular wet multi-plate clutch. The test ride has revealed that the transmission, as in the gear shifting, of the bike, is rather stiff and uncomfortable. The clutch of the bike was a bit hard as well.
Suspension, Wheels, and Brakes:
The Keeway RKR 165 comes with telescopic fork suspensions upfront and mono shock-absorbing suspension at the rear. During the test ride, it was seen that the front suspension performed significantly well during cornering, but sadly performed rather poorly on bumpy roads. The rear suspension, on the other hand, performed significantly well with and without a pillion on all types of roads.
The Keeway RKR 165 has 100/80 and 130/70 section tire for the front and rear respectively. The 130/70 section rear tires combined with the 100/80 front outperform themselves during high-speed cornering.
The brakes of the Keeway RKR 165 are a treat for its riders. The bike comes with a 260 mm disc at the front and 220 mm disc at the rear. But that isn’t the treat, the treat is that this comes with Combined Braking System (CBS). The CBS increases the safety of the Keeway RKR 165 during high-speed braking.
Pros and Cons:
The Keeway RKR 165 is a fantastic bike, but it cannot escape the clutches of the BikeBD test rider. Hence like always, we have the pros and cons of the Keeway RKR 165 as well.
The Keeway RKR 165 is for the regular office goer who doesn’t want to let go of his/her college life personality. This bike looks smooth and appropriate for any environment, unlike most sportbikes. A person who wishes to have a well-crafted bike which comes with comfort both during city commute and highway rides, the Keeway RKR 165 is for them.
In short, the Keeway RKR 165 is a fantastic bike. It has its downs, but it has more ups. It checks most boxes for many bike lovers. But should it be your regular commuting or touring bike? That is a question that you have to answer on your own.
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- Which country is Keeway from?
Keeway is a Chinese motorcycle manufacturing company.Answer by : Ahmed Shazon on Dec 24, 2020 12:18:15 PM
- Where is Keeway made/manufactured?
Keeway is manufactured in the People’s Republic of China.Answer by : Ahmed Shazon on Dec 24, 2020 12:18:46 PM
- Does Keeway RKR 165 have any naked version?
The Keeway RKR 165 does not have any naked version. But Keeway does have multiple 150 cc bikes of different categories.Answer by : Ahmed Shazon on Dec 24, 2020 12:19:07 PM