- Jawa Motorcycles has unveiled its latest range of new motorcycles – the Jawa, Jawa 42 and a custom bobber called the Perak.
- Features a neo-retro design with chrome elements to give it that authentic look.
- The Jawa and 42 are powered by a properly modern 293cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine. Conversely, the Perak employs a 334cc motor that makes 30PS and 31Nm of torque.
- The front disc brake gets single-channel ABS as standard.
- Jawa, Jawa 42 and Perak priced at Rs 1.64 lakh, 1.55 lakh and 1.89 lakh, respectively. All prices ex-showroom Delhi.
The iconic motorcycle brand that shut shop back in 1996 thanks to strict emissions norms finally makes a comeback in India. Jawa Motorcycles, which is now owned by Classic Legends, a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, has unveiled a range of new bikes. The first bike, called the Jawa, pays homage to the Classic Jawa. The Jawa 42, on the other hand, is a sportier and edgier version of the Jawa. Finally, there’s a factory custom bobber called the ‘Perak’ which gets a matte grey paint job. The Jawa is priced at Rs 1.64 lakh whereas the Jawa 42 and Perak are priced at 1.55 lakh and 1.89 lakh, respectively. All prices, ex-showroom Delhi
The new Jawa doesn’t stray away from its retro roots and features a similar design to the original, which is quite appealing. From the two, the standard Jawa features typical retro styling and gets a dome shaped headlamp, which extends to form the cover for the front forks. Other design highlights include the vintage-style fenders, teardrop-shaped fuel tank garnished in chrome and a single seat with a pillion strap. Additionally, the bike also features spoked wheels, round rearview mirrors, a sump guard and body-coloured grab rails. It also gets an old-school instrument console reading out the fuel-gauge and speed.
The Jawa 42 features low-set handlebar with sleek bar-end mirrors, an offset instrument console, a sporty front fender, and a blacked out front fork covers and grab rail. Last but not the least is the Jawa Perak which gets an all-black treatment, lowered handlebars, a single tan-coloured seat, custom exhaust, upside-down bar-end mirrors, and a custom rear fender that incorporates the turn signals. Unfortunately, the Jawa Perak is still under development and would be available at a later date.
And amid all these, Classic Legends has managed to strike the right balance between classic design and modern elements in this pre-production form. Notably, the exhaust layout for all three bikes is similar to Jawas from the past.
Powering the Jawa and Jawa 42 is a Mojo-derived 293cc, BSVI-compliant, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder mill that has been re-tuned to produce 27PS of power and 28Nm of torque. It runs a 6-speed transmission. We have ridden a version of this engine on the Mahindra Mojo and loved the motor’s flat torque curve and meaty mid-range. Moreover, the company claims that the exhausts have the same nostalgic note from the older Jawa.
The Perak, on the other hand, is powered by a slightly bigger, 334cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC motor that gets a bigger bore but retains the stroke. It produces 30PS and 31Nm of torque. The motorcycle also gets a longer wheelbase for more stability and superior underpinnings.
As for its mechanicals, the bike employs a double downtube frame which houses a radiator. Though the bikes employ conventional telescopic forks up front, the rear gets dual shocks with 5-step preload adjustability. Braking duties are carried by a single 280mm disc upfront with ABS while the rear runs a conventional 153mm drum brake to keep the cost down. Tyres measure in at 90/90-18 at the front and 120/80-17 at the rear. A low seat height of 765mm and a kerb weight of just 170kg should be a boon for short riders.
The Classic Jawa will be available in three different colours – black, maroon, and grey, while the 42 will be offered in six different paint schemes – teal, green, blue, lime, Nebula Blue and red. Bookings for the bike will commence today itself while deliveries are expected to begin early next year. The company has signed 105 dealerships across India with more set to follow soon. The Jawa and Jawa 42 will compete with the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the UM Renegade Classic.