It’s common for supersports to feel uncomfortable and have a demanding riding position considering their purpose and build. Now, this Keeway offering is quite compact but there’s a fair bit of space available for the rider to move around. Although the footpegs are rear-set, resulting in a slightly cramped foot position, the seat’s length saves the day as you can slide to the end and get a little more room for a while. That said, at 780mm, the K300R’s seat height is quite low, and flat-footing is very easy.
Even the handlebar is well under the rider’s reach and adequately wide for you to manage lock-to-lock turns in traffic or parking spots. The brake and clutch levers are easily accessible too, with the clutch lever being impressively light. You can operate it with a single finger and riding the bike in bumper-to-bumper traffic shouldn’t leave you with a sore left palm.
With a kerb weight of 165kg, the 300R is not lightweight. But, it can be moved around easily in parking spaces. All you have to do is crouch a bit, grab the handle, and move it without much struggle.
As mentioned above, the K300R’s mill dishes out 27.5bhp and 25Nm. While these figures are decent, the motor packs an adequate punch, and the surge in its power is predictable as the revs climb. In fact, you get a healthy amount of torque in the mid-range and a little bit in the reserve for overtakes. However, post the 7,000-8,000rpm mark, the torque curve flattens.
Further, highway riding on this bike can be comfortably done at speeds between 80-105km in the sixth gear. Now, we didn’t test the top speed but even post 120kmph, there’s enough juice left for you to extract from the motor. Even when operated in a gear higher with revs dropping to 3,000-4,000rpm, the motor doesn’t feel stressed and accelerates further without much sign of struggle. The throttle transition, too, is linear and decently crisp. First-time buyers would appreciate the nature of the bike since it's quite friendly and unintimidating.
Now, for a supersports bike, the K300R’s suspension is quite plush. When ridden over bridge joints, minor potholes, or undulated patches, the rear end doesn't send jolts to your back. That said, it has been tuned to be sufficiently firm and does not wobble when you are attacking the corners. Speaking of the brakes, the Keeway K300R gets front and rear discs with gradual lever progression and a decent feel. However, the braking bite is low, and you’ll need to be calculative with your braking distance. Even the ABS is a little intrusive, so the overall time taken for stopping can be more than the rider’s anticipation.
The handling department for the Keeway 300R is a plus too. The bike is quite nimble and easy to flick from side to side. Even when ridden at slow speeds, the 300R’s 165kg weight doesn't bother. But you'll need a little more effort when switching lanes at higher speeds and even when tipping into the corners. However, it holds the line and takes long sweeping corners without any hesitation.