This old-school Lambretta/Vespa design mix is undoubtedly a head-turner in a herd of futuristic-looking options. And there is no denying the fact that the Keeway Sixties 300 is a scooter you’d desire based on what it looks like. But if you keep the cosmetic aspect aside, the performance it packs and delivers is good enough to keep you entertained. It is quick, frugal and almost vibe-free, even at 120kmph. It also offers spacious and comfy seating ergos and the feel of riding a big scooter.
Although, in terms of the ride experience, there are a few things the Sixties 300 could do better. For starters, I wish its handling was nimble and it was easier to move around. Then there was the odd heat dissipation from the handlebar and the fading feel and feedback from the front brake in a little over 50kms.
When you get to the pricing, it’s a whole other mishmash. The Rs 3.70 lakh OTR Mumbai price it demands seems steep for a scooter that only has unique styling and peppy performance as its USP. Other than that, there’s not much value to justify the price, especially when its sibling - the Vieste 300 - offers features like keyless ignition and a larger fuel tank for the same money. Further, the lack of service network around the country isn’t assuring either.
But then, the only other option you have if you are looking for a large-capacity scooter is the BMW C400 GT. And that is priced at a whopping Rs 12 lakh, making the Sixties 300i look like an accessible pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, something you can consider only if you can overlook its seemingly minor flaws.
Photos by Kaustubh Gandhi