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Keeway RKS 125 Ownership Review – 20000KM Ride by Mehedi Hasan

Suvro SenDecember 26, 2016

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Hello guys, this is Mehedi, 24 years old guy from Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka- 1207. Biking is my hobby. Riding on bike refreshes my mind and gives me freedom. On 10th July in 2015, I bought my first bike keeway rks 125. With the passage of time I’ve ridden on it 20000+ km. Today I’ll share my experience of using my 1st bike, KEEWAY RKS 125. Let’s start.

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About KEEWAY Motorcycle

KEEWAY is a multinational motorcycle brand originated in Hungary in 1999 with the dream of being regional leaders in scooter segment. At present, they do their motorcycle business over 80 countries and manufacturing not only scooters but also high technology motorcycles from 50cc to 600 cc.

Keeway became part of the QianJiang Motor Company of China. Benelli, an Italian motorcycle manufacturer is the main partner in development of designs and technology of KEEWAY motorcycles. Keeway motorcycles have factories in different countries of the world. Speedoz Limited imports keeway motorcycle in Bangladesh from the china factory.

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KEEWAY RKS 125 – Why and How I Choose

In 2014 I saw a rks 125 in Narayanganj for the 1st time and liked the design of the bike very much. From then I added Rks 125 in my choice list.

I found the main showroom of keeway motorcycle at Amtoli, Mohakhali in Dhaka and visited there. I chose this bike only due to it’s outlook.

KEEWAY RKS 125 – Buying Day

It was 10th July 2015, I bought RKS 125 for Tk 142k from the main showroom of keeway motorcycle at Mohakhali, Dhaka. I was very excited on that day.

1st Ride and cause of buying a bike

I felt awesome when I rode on Rks 125 for the 1st time. I bought the bike to meet up my biking hobby.

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Specifications of Keeway RKS 125

General information
Model: Keeway RKS 125
Category: Naked bike
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 124.50 ccm (7.60 cubic inches)
Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Power: 11.00 HP (8.0 kW)) @ 9000 RPM
Torque: 9.20 Nm (0.9 kgf-m or 6.8 ft.lbs) @ 7500 RPM
Compression: 10.6:1
Bore x stroke: 57.0 x 48.8 mm (2.2 x 1.9 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel system: Carburetor
Fuel control: Overhead Valves (OHV)
Ignition: TLI
Lubrication system: Pressure splash
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type,
final drive:
Chain
Clutch: Wet, multiple-plate
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type: Bassinet type
Front suspension: Telescopic forks
Front wheel travel: 110 mm (4.3 inches)
Rear suspension: Telescopic coil spring
Rear wheel travel: 66 mm (2.6 inches)
Front tyre: 90/90-17
Rear tyre: 110/80-17
Front brakes: Single disc
Front brakes diameter: 240 mm (9.4 inches)
Rear brakes: Expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear brakes diameter: 130 mm (5.1 inches)
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 117.0 kg (257.9 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.0940 HP/kg
Seat height: 760 mm (29.9 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,070 mm (42.1 inches)
Overall length: 2,040 mm (80.3 inches)
Overall width: 780 mm (30.7 inches)
Ground clearance: 185 mm (7.3 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,260 mm (49.6 inches)
Fuel capacity: 16.00 litres (4.23 gallons)
Other specifications
Color options: White, Black, red
Starter: Electric
Speedometer: Digital speedometer with clock, trip meter, ODO meter, fuel indigator and Analogue tachometer

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KEEWAY RKS 125 – Engine Performance, Top Speed & Mileage

This bike has 124.5 cc single cylinder, four stroke engine which pumps out 11  HP and 9.20 NM torque. Acceleration of rks 125 is very smooth. This bike accelerates very fast from 4500 rpm to 7500 rpm. I managed to reach from 0 km/hr to 60 km/hr within 5.93 seconds. Upto 97/98 kmph acceleration is good. Then it takes time to reach at top speed.

I’ve got top speed 113 km/hr(without pillion) on airport road, Dhaka. I’ve a video of riding this bike on airport road. You may watch it @ Youtube.   Engine creates very low sound (even at 90+ km/hr) which become negligible after wearing helmet.

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Rks 125 is a vibration free machine. I don’t feel any vibration even at 100+ km/hr. When the bike was new (before crossing 2500 km) I got mileage 35/36 kmpl in city and 42/43 kmpl on free road. After riding 2500 km, I tuned my bike and from then till now I get mileage 43-44 km/l in city and 49-50 km/l on free road.

Though this bike don’t have kick starter I never faced any problem to start it with the self starter. 2016 model of Rks 125 has been upgraded with kick starter. I didn’t face any engine overheating issue.

In 17 months I’ve ridden 20000+ km on it but it never troubled at all.  As per the user’s manual of Rks 125, this bike is designed to ride on highway. I found highway riding on this bike is more fun than city riding.

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KEEWAY RKS 125 – Breaking, Controlling & Comfort

Front single disk break of 240 mm diameter and rear drum break give perfect breaking. Front telescopic fork (travels 4.3 inches), rear coil spring (travels 2.6 inches) and good sitting position ensure comfortable ride.

I never felt any back pain. Combination of 110/80-17 rear tyre, 90/90-17 front tyre, well designed frame, good seat height and the efficient breaking has made the bike very easy to control.

Tours with KEEWAY RKS 125

I love touring on motorbike and have done several tours with my rks 125. Some of them are:

  1. Dhaka – Gazipur- Sreepur and surrounding places – Dhaka ( around 200 km)
  2. Dhaka –Comilla – Dhaka (220+ km)
  3. Dhaka- Jamuna Bridge – Dhaka (274 Km)
  4. Dhaka-Sylhet and surrounding places – Jaflong- Dhaka (749 km)
  5. Dhaka- Barisal- Pirojpur- Dhaka ( 651 km)
  6. This bike performed well in every tour. Jaflong tour was really great.

You may read the travel story of my Jaflong tour at Facebook.

KEEWAY RKS 125 – Changed Spare Parts

  1. Rear wheel bearing ( once @7500km)
  2. Chain spocket set (once @9000+ km)
  3. Rear break shoe ( once @10000+km)
  4. Front disk break pad ( once @12000+km)
  5. Spark plug ( once @ 14000+km)

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How do I take care of my KEEWAY RKS 125

I get the chain of my bike adjusted and lubed, air filter and spark plug cleaned @ every 500 km interval. I change engine oil @ 1000 km interval.

At every 2000 km interval, I wash the chain with kerosene and change engine oil filter. From the beginning till now I’ve been using Gulf 20w40 and it costs me only tk 400. I get my bike washed once/twice a month.

KEEWAY RKS 125 – Positive Sides

  1. Smooth engine
  2. Vibration free machine
  3. Super controlling and breaking
  4. Good seating position
  5. Good ground clearance
  6. No back pain in long ride
  7. No engine overheating issue
  8. Soft, smooth and soundless gear shifting
  9. Awesome look
  10. After sales service is too good

KEEWAY RKS 125 – Negative Sides

  1. Low mileage as a 125 cc bike
  2. This bike looks smaller in size
  3. Rear suspension could have been better
  4. Engine sound is not sweet to hear
  5. Lack of service center outside Dhaka city

KEEWAY RKS 125 – After Sales Service

In Dhaka city the main service center of keeway is at Tejgaon ( opposite to Nabisco Biscuit Factory). Each person of Service team is very cordial and takes care so much about the problems of their customers.

All spare parts are available at the Speedoz’s head office at Mohakhali and also at Central keeway service centre, Tejgaon, Dhaka. Outside Dhaka keeway have not enough number of service centre but they send their service team periodically to their dealer point.

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KEEWAY RKS 125 – Recommendations For Users:

So far I know, most of the Rks 125 users pour 1000 ml engine oil into the engine oil chamber. According to the user’s manual of Rks 125, oil capacity of the engine is 1400ml. Common amount of refilled engine oil is 1200ml. I’ll recommend all the rks 125 users to pour 1200 ml engine oil into engine oil chamber. It’ll make the engine sound sweeter and acceleration smoother.

To avoid engine overheating issue get the perfect tuing of your bike, shift gear below 5000 rpm. In long tour take a break of 10 minutes at every 50 km interval. It’s good for engine.

Modification on KEEWAY RKS 125

I’ve got both the tires of my bike tubeless. It cost me only 600*2= 1200 BDT.

Conclusion

Inspite of being Chinese motorcycle Keeway rks 125 is a very good bike. I’ve ridden on it 20000+ km and till now I’m satisfied with it’s performance. Actually, I didn’t expect so much from a Chinese bike. For any query feel free to contact with me @ Mehedi Hasan

 

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KEEWAY RKS 125 Review: Based On 800KM Test Ride By Team BikeBD

Wasif AnowarDecember 20, 2015

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Speedoz Limited, Sole Distributor of Keeway brand motorcycles in Bangladesh.  These days on the road we have seen many of their Keeway RKS models roaming in the city and we also getting lots of queries about their bikes, so to help the bikers in Bangladesh we come up with the KEEWAY RKS 125 Review. Hence let us try to answer your questions as you asking from quite a long.

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Keeway is a motorcycle brand that has started its journey back from 1999 in Hungary. Their formerly dream and aim was to be the regional leader in the scooters segment, but as time passed by Keeway has become a multinational motorcycle brand in the world; whose activities are presence in near about 80 countries with not only the scooters but with high performance motorcycles.

In Bangladesh the Speedoz Limited used to import Megelli bikes but these days they are only solely concentrating. From the dedication in motorcycle business they have setup an assembly plant in Bogra city and they believe that within 2-3 years they will go for a full throttle motorcycle manufacturing in Bangladesh. Hence not talking more lets move forward our review part.

ENGINE

The engine of Keeway RKS 125 is a 125cc single cylinder air cooled engine but when you see the engine you will notice it is quite a big unit. At the first glance you might feel that it is like a 150cc engine. The engine chunk out the power of 11.2 BHP and 9.2 NM of Torque. The engine is lubricated as pressure splash, and it got a carburetor fuel system. The engine power is delivered by a 5 speed gearbox via a wet, multiple-plate clutch system.

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The engine noise of Keeway RKS 125 is quiet different. It may not something sweet to hear like Hero Glamour but it makes a different noise which nearly makes you feel that the engine is taking in more air then it is needed and felt like a turbo charged engine.

We felt as there is a little vibration from the engine and the vibration comes at very high RPM like between 6-6.5K RPM. But as this is a small capacity bike so generally you may not ride with higher rev counter so you generally don’t notice that.

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DESIGN

There is little doubt that it is one of the best looking and most importantly aggressively designed 125cc bike on our road. The bike is designed nicely with wolf inspired headlight while the rear end is very nicely trimmed up.  The handle bar is not too wide but shortened for the better handling of the bike. The bike is small and the saddle height is low so it is a very good choice for people who are short and are around 5-5.5 feet.

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They fitted toe operated gear with the bike which for some may be an issue while the horn is a very weak unit. One of the bad sides of the bike is that there is no kick starter.

The switch panels on handlebars are well designed and the speedometer is a neat piece of unit. It has an analog REV counter followed by a digital speedometer which also features a gear indicator, clock and fuel gauge.

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The rear grab rail is a big unit which helps the pillion to sit comfortably and be balanced by holding it. The seat is also very comfortable and there is enough space for two grown up man to sit and ride.

The bike has a safety features which will not allow you to start the bike if that is on side stand or the stand is down; many a times many riders unconsciously often set off with their stand down which sometime ends up with an accident.

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BRAKING AND HANDLING

The bike is equipped with a front disc brake and rear drum brake which we think is enough for the bike and we won’t complain as they does the work beautifully and the tires are very sticky so the handling of the bike is good too. One of the biggest strength of the bike is its chassis, which helps a lot to keep the bike balanced at high speed corning and very stable under braking.

keeway rks 125 suspension system

The one of the best part of the bike is its suspension; which we think this is what separates the bike from its rivals. The front suspensions are telescopic but the diameter of the suspension is huge while the rear suspensions are spring coil and it is very responsively moving and we think this bike has one of the best suspensions in the 125cc class.

The front forks are telescopic and that travel 110mm while the rear suspensions are coil spring oil damped and travels 60mm. The suspensions are good enough to keep the tires on road and for long ride the bike doesn’t give any pain to the riders.

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PERFORMANCE

This is the part where the bike quite disappoints a bit. The bike doesn’t accelerate that fast and the top speed managed to achieve was 108 km/h. We didn’t found the official dry weight of the bike on the brochure of Speedoz Ltd. but in the website of Keeway it weighted as 121kg which seems to be the reason why this bike don’t turn that much speed.

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The mileage is poor too being a 125cc bike where it was averaged between 38-40 km/l in Dhaka city but outside Dhaka city it returned 45 km/l.

The ride is sublime, because the tires are very grippy, along with the suspension that works well. The engine that deliver good amount of power, overall the bike performed well in both Dhaka city and on the highway.

Read More>>Keeway RKS 125 Specifications

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BikeBD Evaluations:

Keeway RKS125 is one of the good looking 125cc bikes in the market currently. The build quality of the bike is very good and here are our some findings to answer you more clearly.

PROS:

  • Good build quality of the entire bike is good.
  • Suspensions are one of the best in the class.
  • The tires have good grip.
  • Stylish design.
  • Comfortable seat.
  • Good riding position for all aged people.
  • Well balanced bike for highway ride in its class.
  • No complain about the braking and handling of the bike.

CONS:

  • No kick starter, many times in the morning we faced problems with the self starter.
  • The gear lever should have a reverse arm for the aged riders.
  • Mileage is poor considering a 125cc bike.
  • Price is too high, should have been at least BDT 10,000.00 less.(See The Current Price Here)
  • No tubeless tires, which is a shame.

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Overall we are quite impressed with the bike, apart from the mileage and the price tag. We think this is a good bike for those people who want a 125cc good quality bike and want to use it for his daily work, going universities on weekdays and on the weekend you may hangout with mates. The bike may not meant for SPEED but of-course for the pleasure ride so that you can enjoy the ride in your daily life with style.

See The Bangla Review Here

To me biking is freeing your SOUL which can FLY with the wind. Bike riding is my PASSION & Touring is my HOBBY. The main goal is to update the bikers of Bangladesh with the latest news and reviews of motorcycles in Bangladesh.
One of the craziest things I ever did was riding 1150 km for 24 hours; it was just to replicate how it feels to go though Lemans 24 hrs.

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