The Jawa moniker made a comeback to India after a complete image rebranding and all-new motorcycles. It was back in the 1960s, Jawa bikes first made its appearance in India through licenced production by Ideal Jawa in Mysore. In 1973, the bikes were sold under the Yezdi name. The brand returned to India after a gap of 22 years and there are many bikes from the brand that are now forgotten. Which are these bikes? Well, here is a list of ten such bikes.
Jawa 250 Type A
The Jawa Type 353/04 was among the first Jawa bikes to be sold in the Indian market. It was a refreshing change to the design language of the bikes in its time. The iconic Czech motorcycle came powered by a 249cc, two-stroke, air-cooled engine. It develops a maximum power of 12 PS and came with a four-speed transmission. In India, it was called Jawa 250 Type-A and became one of the most sought-after bikes among the vintage automobile collectors in India.
The Roadking was the direct rival to the Royal Enfield Bullet when it was first launched in the Indian market. The bike was powered by a 248.5cc, single-cylinder, tw0-stroke engine that churned out a maximum power of 16 PS and peak torque of 24 Nm. It offered a quick acceleration due to its lighter weight of only 140 kg.
The Oilking was basically the Roadking with an oil pump. Since it was a new technology, the pump used to fail often. The engine was similar to the Roadking and it also offered the same 4-speed transmission.
The Monarch was a new bike that utilised the chassis of the Yezdi 175 bike. It came with the same engine as the Roadking. The bike was considered as an upgraded 175 and it weighed only 136 kg, which made it a popular choice for the customers who preferred performance.
It was a cruiser bike manufactured by Ideal Jawa that again took on the iconic Royal Enfield Bullet. With its ability to cruise long distances, it became appealing to the customers who wanted a bike for long rides. It was sold under “Forever Bike, Forever Value” marketing slogan. The bike offered a 250cc, two-stroke engine that was good for 13PS and 20 Nm.
This bike was an upgraded variant of the Jawa Roadking and came with a few updated features and looks. The bike offered a 248.5cc, two-stroke engine that produced 13 Bhp. The bike was lightweight and could do 0-60 km/h in just 4.6 seconds while the top speed was around 110 km/h.
The Yezdi 175 came with a 175cc, 2-stroke engine that produced a maximum power of 9.5 Bhp and peak torque of 14.27 Nm. It offered a claimed speed of 95 km/h and was extremely peppy to ride. It was much more affordable compared to its bigger engine-powered siblings.
It was the bike that targetted young riders and women. It was a step-through and was launched as a successor to the Jawa 50. The interesting looking machine was powered by a puny 60cc, two-stroke engine that generates a maximum of 4 PS. It came with a three-speed transmission.
The Yezdi 350 was often referred to as the poor man’s Yamaha RD350 or Rajdoot. However, in the market, the bike actually did not challenge the RD350 at all. The Yezdi 350 was less powerful than the iconic Japanese RD350 but despite that, it was peppy and fun to ride. It did not become a big seller and is a rare find in India.
The Yezdi Deluxe has become a collector’s item today. It shared its engine and a lot of other components with the Jawa Classic and the Roadking. The Deluxe shared the suspension set-up and the brake among other parts too. The bike came with a 248.5cc engine and weighed only 131 kg, which made it very quick off the line.