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Keeway Rkv 200 - Any Good?

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I was putting my Nouvo 135 in for it's pre-sale service before ordering a D-Tracker when I saw a couple of new Keeway RKV 200's in the shop.

At a thrid of the cost of a D-Tracker it may be worth considering? What's your thoughts?

My concerns about the D-Tracker are the seat and the small gas tank. The low power of the Kawasaki is not really an issue for me (main use will be in the city or easy/slow touring), but the Keeway has even less power than the D-Tracker, but a bigger tank and better seat.

I've also seen the Keeway TX 200, which seems to have the same old Honda motor and a 'supermoto' style, but the RKV 200 seems to be a (marginally) more modern design.

Resale value of a Chinese bike is not a concern, as the initial cost is low anyway and life in Bangkok traffic will be hard on any bike.

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i like the design/looks but would never buy another "chinese" bike after the tiger boxer experience

could be a nightmare if it breaks ..........

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i like the design/looks but would never buy another "chinese" bike after the tiger boxer experience

could be a nightmare if it breaks ..........

Yes .... I like the classic streetbike style, and some of the details look decent, but I've no idea about reliability, materials etc. My local Yamaha dealer will be the supplier and the person doing the servicing, so perhaps that will help?

Anyone know much about the motor ..... I guess it's the old SOHC Honda unit? If so, it used to have a reputation for being tough and long lived?

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Can not say much about the quality, but i made some photos i can share smile.png

Sure this bike is only 50-55k Baht? For this price maybe worth a look. But not much power, just 8.2kw if the information in first picture is right.

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Can not say much about the quality, but i made some photos i can share smile.png

Sure this bike is only 50-55k Baht? For this price maybe worth a look. But not much power, just 8.2kw if the information in first picture is right.

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it looks too good to be true if this bike really only costs around 50k ......

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125cc for a 200 Bike?

They are even too incompetent, to put the right specs to the right bike..tongue.png

But hey, TiT

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125cc for a 200 Bike?

They are even too incompetent, to put the right specs to the right bike..tongue.png

But hey, TiT

Yes, its a pity. But on their website it seems OK (197cc): http://www.keeway-th...oducts/rkv-200/

And the power on the website given is 9.5kw. Still less then the information given here: http://www.keeway.pe/rkv-200.html

Maybe the bike in Thailand is sold restricted smile.png

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it reminds me of those ryuka 125cc choppers in the big c for 36k

and those 250cc scramblers from china that were 48k (made by ???)

scooters from reliable manufacturers have surpassed this price bracket already

so its hard to imagine getting a decent quality 200-250cc road bike for circa 50 k

even the new yamaha is around 60k and its "only a 125 this time " :)

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it reminds me of those ryuka 125cc choppers in the big c for 36k

and those 250cc scramblers from china that were 48k (made by ???)

scooters from reliable manufacturers have surpassed this price bracket already

so its hard to imagine getting a decent quality 200-250cc road bike for circa 50 k

even the new yamaha is around 60k and its "only a 125 this time " smile.png

A cheap bike is a cheap bike. But this is sure one of the better ones in this price range. I was impressed by looking at it. Its just the low power that makes me worry. But maybe there is a chance to tune it up a bit. A real GPS speed of 120kmh and i would be happy :)

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I was putting my Nouvo 135 in for it's pre-sale service before ordering a D-Tracker when I saw a couple of new Keeway RKV 200's in the shop.

At a third of the cost of a D-Tracker it may be worth considering? What's your thoughts?

Keep the Nouvo, you'll be using it a lot in the future.

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Thanks for the replies .... very useful.

I decided to buy one .... my thinking was that it (appears) to be good value and I don't need to rely on it for everyday transport so if there's a problem with spares of reliability I have the time to sort it out.

I found many positive reviews for the RKV 125 in the UK where it's used as a learner/commuter bike, but no reviews for the RKV 200, but I hope the same positive comments on reliability and quality will apply to the 200.

Total price including first class insurance is 59,000 THB. Preparation by the dealer was good. Only ridden it around Bangkok for a day, but here's my first impressions .....

The good:

It looks good, especially considering the price. Fit and finish is good.

Comfortable riding position - classic, slightly forward street bike position with little weight on wrists, nice seat, relaxed footpeg postion.

Good for pillion passenger - low footpegs, big grab handles. Handling with passenger nice and stable, unlike two-up on a scooter.

Discs front and rear, upside-down forks.

Very good ride - rolls over the big cracks in Rama IV without the scary tramlining I get with the Nouvo.

3 Year Warranty

Digital fuel guage with low fuel warning.

Digital speedo, analogue tacho, gear indicator, neutral light

Some nice details - front mud guard extension, hugger, alloy wheels, stone guard over oil cooler, LED rear light, nice blue backlighting to instruments.

Good bright headlight.

Centre and side stands.

Tight tirning circle - able to thread through traffic easily ... and as a long time biker I feel more comfortable riding very slow on a proper bike rather than I did on a lightweight scooter.

Nice low-down torque - pulls strongly from low revs with no judder.

Large fuel tank (580 THB to fill it ... that was a surprise compared to my scooter)

Light clutch with good feel for use in traffic.

Owners Manual in English.

The not-so-good:

Not exactly a road burner. Not yet run in, but easily enough power for use in the city and able to get ahead of cars at the lights. Quicker than my Nouvo and my Indian Bullet 350, but no comparison to my old Spint RS in the UK. Compared to the D-tracker (only test riden one a couple of times) it does not have anything like the same power in the top half of the RPM range, but at lower revs it feels about the same, so real-world city riding is much like a 250 Kawasaki or Honda. I guess that on open roads I'll really notice the lower power, but we'll see.

Brakes need a good squeeze .... but they may just need more use.

Side stand retracts with a loud clang ... no rubber stop.

A couple of the plastic panels (inboard of the foot pegs) feel flimsy ... but the other panels feels solid enough.

No real storage space under seat or behind panels.

Neutral can be tricky to find. I've found this with most fully-manual bikes, and to find neutral on my Indian Enfield Bullet you needed to learn special Zen Yoga techniques from a Himalayan Guru. Knocking it into neutral before you stop is a good idea, but forget this and you can get wrist cramp at the never ending Sukhumvit 'fai daeng'.

Early signs are good. For me, I prefer the stability, space, ride, brakes and handling of a 'proper' motorbike, and the RKV 200 is the same price as many scooters, and less than some. I will miss the under-seat storage, helmet locks and bag hooks of my Nouvo, and the clutch could be a pain (literally) in traffic, but I never rode the Nouvo for fun and never considered a tour. I'm now planning a weekend ride to khao Lak and making up reasons to nip out on the bike.

If anyone is interested, I can post an update after I've given it some real use?

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Cool, looking forward to hear more about the bike :)

I found many positive reviews for the RKV 125 in the UK where it's used as a learner/commuter bike, but no reviews for the RKV 200, but I hope the same positive comments on reliability and quality will apply to the 200.

This bike (and Keeway in general) seem to be popular in south america also.

Total price including first class insurance is 59,000 THB. Preparation by the dealer was good.

Can you tell us which dealer? Thanks.

If anyone is interested, I can post an update after I've given it some real use?

Yep, interested, please tell us the GPS speed after running the bike in.

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Cool, looking forward to hear more about the bike smile.png

I found many positive reviews for the RKV 125 in the UK where it's used as a learner/commuter bike, but no reviews for the RKV 200, but I hope the same positive comments on reliability and quality will apply to the 200.

This bike (and Keeway in general) seem to be popular in south america also.

Total price including first class insurance is 59,000 THB. Preparation by the dealer was good.

Can you tell us which dealer? Thanks.

If anyone is interested, I can post an update after I've given it some real use?

Yep, interested, please tell us the GPS speed after running the bike in.

Have fun with your new bike intheclub.gif

The dealer is the Yamaha showroom on Rama IV (right side when going out of Bangkok about 3 Km from Big C/Tesco). The main importer and parts supplier is M-Bike, but to be honest I don't know where they are and all their info is in Thai, but I happened to see the RKV when I was getting my Nouvo serviced and I prefer to buy from a local dealer to keep servicing simple.

As soon as it's run in I'll use the GPS for some flat-on-the tank 'dec-wen' riding to see what it can do .... but from the way it pulls up to 100 K/mH, even when running in, I'm sure it will be able to top 120 K/mH. The gearing also seems reasonably tall in 5th (top) so I think it will cruise OK. The 125 can manage 70 MPH in the UK (just!), so the 200 should be able to beat that.

My main focus will be the brakes, if they don't improve with use I may need to swap the pads, but I'm not planning to change anything else (except maybe the tyres). It's already surprisingly loud for a stock bike with a small motor, so no plans to swap the pipe.

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Congrats. A compact naked bike that's not a heavy small cruiser, carbed, aircooled, big tank with tubeless tires; get the brakes to your liking and it sounds like a perfect city runner. Look forward to updates on this model - and good thing my son can't ride anything over 110cc till he's 18 because this is the style of bike he likes. And to be honest I can't see it giving you any more headaches than a 15 plus year old CB 400 Honda.

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