Keeway RK600

By Kevin Ash - 25/09/2012

Keeway has announced a new 600 class, four-cylinder naked bike, the first Chinese big capacity, modern motorcycle to go on sale in Europe.

The RK6 is an unfaired middleweight pitched at the budget end of the sector against the likes of the Yamaha XJ6. But the Keeway will be significantly cheaper than the Yamaha‘s £6,000.

The styling is a mix of modern and dated, with old-fashioned underseat exhausts but a contemporary side-mounted, exposed rear shock and a frame comprised of a tubular steel trellis married to aluminium side castings.

The engine itself appears to be based on an older Yamaha R6 design, and the output is said to be around 88bhp. The specification includes radially-mounted front brakes and inverted forks.

The bike is designed to bring some style to the low cost end of the middleweight sector. Expect to see the first models in Spring 2012.

Meanwhile, check out Keeway UK

Keeway was established in 1999 as the international brand name used by the Chinese giant Qianjiang Group. Its European headquarters is based in Hungary. The UK importer is MotoGB.

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