Kabira Mobility KM 3000 vs Revolt RV400: Specifications Compared
How does Kabira’s newest electric motorcycle fare against the one that jump-started the e-bike market in India?
If you’re into electric bikes, you don’t have too many options in the market right now. However, in recent times, a few manufacturers have joined the electric bandwagon, and one such bikemaker is the Goa-based Kabira Mobility. It recently launched its electric naked, the KM 3000, and it has surely nailed some aspects. But how does it fare against the reigning e-bike champion, the Revolt RV400, on paper? Let’s find out.
Kabira Mobility has done an impressive job with the KM 3000 as is evident by the numbers. The 3000 gets a bigger battery, makes almost twice as much peak power with a better top-speed, in comparison to the Revolt RV400. However, as far as practicality goes, there’s no beating the RV400. It offers better range even with a smaller battery pack and takes 2 hours less to charge, making it a better companion for going the distance. Besides, the RV400 also offers swappable batteries that minimise downtime, unlike the fixed battery pack on the KM 3000. Revolt also has a few swap stations at select locations. Both motorcycles feature regenerative braking.
Even though the Revolt RV400 is the older offering here among the two, it offers more sophisticated underpinnings. It gets a USD fork and an adjustable monoshock while the KM 3000 gets a conventional telescopic fork with a non-adjustable monoshock. As for braking, both motorcycles offer CBS but miss out on even a single-channel ABS. Tyre-wise, the KM 3000 has wider tyres and uses premium Michelin rubber at the front along with Chinese Redous unit at the back, presumably to keep costs in check. On the other hand, the RV400 gets slimmer tyres and MRF Zapper rubber. Theoretically, the KM 3000 should have better cornering capabilities and more grip too, in comparison to the RV400, thanks to the fatter rubber. That said, meatier tyres increase rolling resistance, which may have a negative impact on the bike’s range.
As you can see, the Revolt RV400 shines here. With a shorter wheelbase, it should be easier to manoeuvre in tight spots, in comparison to the KM 3000. While both bikes have high saddles, the RV400 sits 16mm lower than the KM 3000, making it more accessible to the masses. In addition, the RV400 also has adjustable footpeg positions. What also works in Revolt’s favour is its weight, 30kg lighter than the KM 3000. Moreover, the RV400’s 215mm clearance is close to an ADV so it’ll glide over big bumps and huge speed breakers with ease. The KM 3000’s ground clearance, at 170mm, isn’t too bad either but you will have to slow down when going over big potholes.
This is where the Revolt RV400 slightly shows its age. The KM 3000 gets a TFT instrument cluster and Bluetooth connectivity while the RV400 gets an LCD display. Both bikes come with dedicated apps, though, to monitor motorcycle data. One feature, which gives the RV400 an edge over the KM 3000, is its engine sound option. Now, whether it's a gimmick or a valuable addition, is for you to decide.
Price and Verdict
The RV400 is Rs 8,000 cheaper than the KM 3000. Does the KM 3000 justify this price? Well, to an extent. The KM 3000 looks better, has a better road presence, and it’s more modern than the RV400 in some aspects. However, the 400 isn’t lacklustre in any way. It has made its mark as a delectable and value-for-money product over time. Revolt, being a veteran, has a wider service network in comparison to Kabira Mobility. If we were to pick one, we’d go with the Revolt RV400 as we recently rode the KM 3000 and realised it needs some polishing. Check out our review of the KM 3000 for details. On the contrary, our experience with the Revolt RV400 a while back was rather unique. Head to our review of the RV400 to find out why.