Not long ago, the limited audience of scooter enthusiasts was craving a properly powerful maxi-scooter, which has both show and go to boast. Yamaha pulled off a surprise by launching the Aerox 155 in India out of nowhere, which created a storm in the country and showed everyone that there is a market for maxi-scooters in India.
Along the lines of the popularity of Aerox 155, Keeway decided to mark its debut in India with a maxi-scooter, the Vieste 300, which is a scooter from a segment above that of Aerox 155. Both these scooters belong to different niche audiences, but target maxi-scooter lovers in India. So which one of the two makes more sense for such buyers? We find out here.
When the Yamaha Aerox 155 arrived in India, it went on to become the most expensive scooter in the country with its range starting at Rs 1.29 lakh. However, the scooter has received multiple price hikes since its launch and is now priced at Rs 1.39 lakh for all the three colour options in which it is being offered – Metallic Black, Racing Blue and Grey Vermilion. On the other hand, the Keeway Vieste 300 is priced much higher at Rs 2.99 lakh and is available in three colour options of Matte Blue, Matte Black and Matte White.
|Model||Keeway Vieste 300||Yamaha Aerox 155|
|Price||Rs 2,99,000||Rs 1,38,800|
(prices mentioned above are ex-showroom, India)
Engine and Chassis
The Keeway Vieste 300 and Yamaha Aerox 300 are having modern and refined four-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engines, both of which have carved niche segments of their own. The 278.2cc engine of the Vieste 300, which produces 18.7 bhp of power and 22 Nm of torque, is bigger and more powerful than the 155cc engine of the Aerox, which pumps out 15 bhp of power and 13.9 Nm of torque. However, the party tricks of the Aerox’s engine are the variable valve actuation technology and auto start-stop technology, both of which are missing in the Vieste 300. Both these technologies make the 155cc engine of the Aeriox 155 much more fuel-efficient.
Both the scooters here get hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and dual-sided hydraulic coil springs at the rear. However, while the Aerox 155 has wider tyres over the bigger 14-inch wheels (compared to 13-inch wheels in the Vieste 300), it is the Vieste 300 which has a better braking setup with petal disc brakes at both the ends and dual-channel ABS. The Aerox 155 has a front disc and rear drum brake setup with single-channel ABS as standard.
|Specifications||Keeway Vieste 300||Yamaha Aerox 155|
|Engine||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 278.2cc||Four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder, 155cc|
|Power||18.7 bhp @ 6,500 rpm||15 bhp @ 8,000 rpm|
|Torque||22 Nm @ 6,000 rpm||13.9 Nm @ 6,500 rpm|
|Front suspension||Hydraulic telescopic forks||Hydraulic telescopic forks|
|Rear suspension||Dual-sided hydraulic coil springs||Dual-sided hydraulic coil springs|
|Front tyre||110/70-13 tubeless||110/80-14 tubeless|
|Rear tyre||130/70-13 tubeless||140/70-14 tubeless|
|Front brake||240mm petal disc||230mm disc|
|Rear brake||230mm petal disc||130mm drum|
|ABS||Dual-channel ABS||Single-channel ABS|
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When both the Keeway Vieste 300 and Yamaha Aerox 155 are compared head-on, the former is wider, while the Aerox 155 is longer and taller despite having a smaller engine and the smaller scooter in an overall sense. While the Aerox offers the conveniences of having a higher ground clearance and lower kerb weight, the Vieste 300 has a much bigger fuel tank and lower seat height, which makes it a better scooter for long-distance rides.
|Dimensions||Keeway Vieste 300||Yamaha Aerox 155|
|Length||1930 mm||1980 mm|
|Width||800 mm||700 mm|
|Height||1130 mm||1150 mm|
|Wheelbase||1390 mm||1350 mm|
|Kerb weight||147 kg||126 kg|
|Ground clearance||135 mm||145 mm|
|Seat height||770 mm||790 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||12 litres||5.5 litres|
Design and Features
The Yamaha Aerox 155 reignited the maxi-scooter category with its big-bike like dimensions and unique styling with a spine in the middle. The Keeway Vieste 300 somehow is designed on the same lines, but visually looks bigger and the more expensive scooter here.
Compared to the striking lines and creases and edgy design of the Aerox 155, the Vieste 300 looks more mature and European in every sense. The longer wheelbase and lower ground clearance also give the Vieste 300 a more planted and sportier stance in comparison.
Both the scooters here get apron-mounted dual all-LED headlamps with eyebrow-shaped daytime running LEDs over the headlamps, though the throw of light in the Vieste 300 feels better due to the projector set up for headlamps in it. While the Aerox has a conventional setup for the handlebar, the Vieste 300 gets a proper maxi-scooter-like handlebar which is separated from the apron-mounted instrument console. Both the scooters here get lower apron-mounted clear lens turn indicators, with the Vieste 300 getting LED units in it.
Both the Aerox 155 and Vieste 300 have a unique-looking central spine in the middle of the floorboard. However, the floorboard of the Vieste 300 feels roomier and longer, while also getting a slanted angle for the front floorboard where the rider can rest his feet in an angular and more comfortable manner. The Vieste 300 gets a much bigger fuel tank within its central spine and much bigger and roomier split seats over the sportier and angularly placed curved single seat in the Aerox 155.
At the back, While the Aerox 155 gets a slim LED tail lamp and motorcycle-like clear lens turn indicators and rear fender, the Vieste 300 gets a wider single-unit LED tail lamp cluster, which also houses LED turn indicators within it. The Vieste 300 gets wide and functional split pillion grab rails, while the Aerox 155 misses on them and rather gets grab handles recessed below the tailpiece. Both the scooters have ample amount of under-seat storage, with the Vieste 300 naturally getting more space under the seat in comparison.
The Aerox 155 has a small, fully-digital instrument console, which has fully-digital readouts for the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer, trip meters, clock and real-time riding data. On the other hand, the Vieste 300 has a bigger and more comprehensive looking part-digital console. This unit has a large LCD panel in the middle, with an analogue speedometer to its left and an analogue tachometer to its right. The LCD panel shows digital readouts for speed (this is a secondary speedometer), clock, engine temperature, ambient temperature, fuel gauge, odometer and trip meters. While the Aerox 155 offers Bluetooth connectivity for the instrument console and a key shutter mechanism for the ignition keyhole, the Vieste 300 has a keyless ignition on offer. Both the scooters get 12V charging sockets.
Both the Yamaha Aerox 155 and Keeway Vieste 300 are advantageous on their terms. In the beginning, the Vieste 300 feels like an undisputable winner, with its bigger engine, more comfortable seats, ergonomics and suspension setup, better brakes with dual-channel ABS and a couple of additional features over the Aerox 155.
However, the Vieste 300 is priced more than double the Aerox 155 and doesn’t bring any major performance advantage over the former. The Aerox 155 has a potent and reliable engine, which is a much more proven powertrain in the Indian conditions, has bigger wheels which make it a sportier handler, is more fuel economic and is easier to maintain, courtesy of Yamaha’s much wider after-sales network.
The verdict is crystal clear – if you want a niche scooter to make you feel unique from the rest and desire a comfortable riding experience, the Keeway Vieste 300 is considerable. However, the Yamaha Aerox 155 is a more sensible package for the sportier and more reliable package for city riding conditions and the terrific value for money factor it offers for less than half its price.