Keeway’s V302C Takes On The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 And Yezdi Roadster On Paper

  • Sep 2, 2022
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How does the rebadged Benda cruiser stack up against the popular Royal Enfield and affordable Yezdi in the specs department?
Keeway V302C vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster Specifications Comparison

Keeway recently introduced the Benda V302C cruiser in India, and while it does not have any natural rivals in the market, the Yezdi Roadster and Royal Enfield Meteor 350 come pretty close. Does the V302C pack enough ammunition on paper to take the fight to its established rivals? Let’s find out.

Engine

Specifications

Keeway V302C

Yezdi Roadster

Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Engine

298cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 8-valve engine

334cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor

349cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, counterbalanced engine

Power

29.5PS @ 8,500rpm

29.7PS @ 7,300rpm

20.48PS @ 6,100rpm

Torque

26.5Nm @ 6,500rpm

29Nm @ 6,500rpm

27Nm @ 4,000rpm

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

5-speed

The Keeway V302C packs a V-twin motor and a belt drive system, both of which are uncommon in this segment. However its power output still falls slightly short of the Yezdi Roadster’s, which features the most powerful engine, despite having one less cylinder. In terms of torque figures, the Keeway cruiser falls short when compared to the other two.

Keeway V302C vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster Specifications Comparison

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 however makes up for its large power deficit, with torque available at much lower in the powerband when compared to the Roadster and V302C.

Underpinnings

Specifications

Keeway V302C

Yezdi Roadster

Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Frame

Double cradle frame

Double cradle frame

Double cradle frame

Front suspension

Upside down fork

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Twin oil damped shocks

Twin gas charged shocks

Twin emulsion shocks

Front brake

300mm disc

320mm disc

300mm disc

Rear brake

240mm disc

240mm disc

270mm disc

Front tyre

120/80-16

100/90-18

100/90-19

Rear tyre

150/80-15

130/80-17

140/70-17

In terms of underpinnings, all three bikes are quite evenly stacked in terms of frame, suspension and brakes. However, the Keeway V302C features smaller wheels and much chunkier tyres, in line with its bobber aesthetics. This should help the V302C in better handling and directional changes, along with more cornering confidence. The larger 19-inch front of the Meteor 350 ensures better straight line stability and also helps in tackling bumps with ease.

Dimensions

Specifications

Keeway V302C

Yezdi Roadster

Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Wheelbase

1420mm

1440mm

1380mm

Ground clearance

158mm

175mm

160mm

Fuel tank capacity

15-litres

12.5-litres

15-litres

Seat height

690mm

790mm

765mm

Kerb weight

170kg

184kg

191kg

Since the Yezdi Roadster and Keeway V302C have a larger wheelbase than the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, they can be a bit cumbersome while maneuvering in urban traffic. However, as these bikes are meant for the open road, the Enfield and Keeway bikes are equipped with a 2.5-litre larger fuel tank which should increase their cruising range. 

Keeway V302C vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster Specifications Comparison

The V302C’s lower seat height and kerb weight, despite packing one extra cylinder, comes as a more friendly package for shorter riders compared to the other two bikes. However, it also has the lowest ground clearance, which may make for tricky riding, especially in the city.

Features

On the feature front, the Meteor 350 is available with an optional tripper pod, which offers Bluetooth connectivity along with turn-by-turn navigation. The Yezdi Roadster and Keeway V302C miss out on any connectivity features. 

Keeway V302C vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster Specifications Comparison
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A few variants of the Yezdi and Enfield get a transparent windscreen and backrest for added comfort, while the Keeway misses out on this too. What the Keeway does get is all-LED lighting, similar to the Yezdi. The Enfield however only gets a halogen headlight, bulb indicator and a LED headlight.

Price & Verdict

Keeway V302C

Yezdi Roadster

Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Rs 3,89,000

Rs 2,01,142

Rs 2,01,253

(all prices ex-showroom Delhi)

Keeway V302C vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster Specifications Comparison

This is where the Keeway V302C is not as closely stacked as the others, as it commands a huge premium while not offering a large enough differentiator. The Yezdi Roadster costs slightly less and also packs more power than the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. And if you can oversee the lack of Bluetooth connectivity and navigation, then the Yezdi Roadster makes for a sensible choice on paper.

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