The Keeway RKV200 as Simple Commuter Bike


Bangkok is called the 'City of Angles', but anyone living in the capital today will tell you it's far from an ideal metropolitan. During rush hour our sky trains and buses are overcrowded, a good amount of the roads could use some maintenance, and the metro/subway seems to go to places I never need to go.

I live at one end of the city and for work I sometimes need to travel to the other end – my daily commute is 70km loop. Catching a bus means reaching work drenched in sweat, driving down daily means emptying half a tank of fuel and my wallet, and if I took the air-condition bus, I'd never reach on time.

So last month, I rode down those 70km on the Keeway RKV200, which, design-wise, is the most sorted looking below 250cc commuter motorcycle on sale today. I need a smooth, hassle-free daily ride without hurting my backside or my wallet. And the Keeway RKV200 obliged. The single-cylinder, air-cooled with additional oil-cooler, 200cc engine felt pretty smooth and responsive and things have only improved after its second service.
There's enough grunt in all gears and you don't have to downshift to get that extra surge of power. The Keeway RKV200 is lightweight (120kg), and with its impressive turning circle, it can get you out from most tight spaces.

The seat offers great comfort even for journeys beyond two hours in peak traffic. My girlfriend, who is my pillion rider most of the time, is all praise for the Keeway RKV200's seat comfort.
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silenzo

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 @ 12:39 PM ICT
Maybe you can add rear Givi box as well for your luggage.

Max

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 @ 05:53 PM ICT
I`m seeing more and more of these bikes around Bangkok and I have to say they do look like like a decently styled, well priced little machine.

fred

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 @ 02:50 PM ICT
Let's just hope they don't shutdown operations in Thailand... or something like what happened to Tiger bikes.
most likely not, since they sell bikes in many countries, i.e. Malaysia, Indonesia, South America.

silenzo

Friday, 14 June 2013 @ 02:29 AM ICT
I never see "Tiger" in Indonesia. There's a Tiger but it's a Honda variant which is Honda Tiger. Until now, Honda Tiger still produce in Indonesia.

Anonymous User

Friday, 14 June 2013 @ 05:03 AM ICT
I own one of these and the one thing that does let them down is the seat.
Number one mod for anyone buying one is going to be a visit to the nearest seat shop.
Six footers are going to find the distance to the footrests a bit short on long rides as well.

Another niggle has been the gearbox on the 1st to 2nd gear shift, sometimes 2nd isn't there,
it's been back to the dealers and they keep assuring me the gearbox is ok even though it isn't
I've had this from two different dealers.

Minor niggle as your not going to use it too often is the kickstart fouls on the footrest and jam's in the down position, the dealers answer to this is "yes they all do that"

Over all for the price it's a good little commuter bike and reliable 5,500 km in 8 weeks without missing a beat but if I was buying again I'd put the extra 20 to 30k and buy one of the many second hand CBR's
on the market for their higher resale value and sorted gearbox.

Downsides
Gearbox
Seat
Kickstart

Upsides
Overall good value for money
Good build quality and paintwork
Reliable
Nearly 18 litre tank will carry you further than you want to sit on the seat
Nice instrument display, digital with gear indicator, clock, fuel gauge

Givi rack and box available from the main Givi dealer in Bangkok
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