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10 forgotten Jawa & Yezdi motorcycles of India

The Jawa moniker has been a sensation since the mid-nineties. The Jawa Moniker made a comeback with completely new motorcycles and rebranding to keep up with the times. Jawa was launched back in the 1960s in India through licensed production in Mysore by Ideal Jawa. However, the bike was sold under the Yezdi name in 1973. The brand made a comeback after almost 22 years in India and there are many bikes under the brand that have been forgotten. Here’s a list of 10 such bikes, to take you through memory lane.

Jawa 250 Type A

Amongst the first bikes launched by Yezdi was the Jawa Type 353/04. The design stood out as something extremely unconventional during its time and made it stand out on the roads. The Czech bike was powered by a 249cc, two-stroke, air-cooled engine. It comes with a four-speed transmission and can churn a maximum of 12PS. It was known as Jawa 250 Type-A in India and was a favourite amongst vintage automobile collectors in the country.

Yazdi Roadking

The Roadking was launched to share the market of the Royal Enfield Bullet. It weighed 140 kgs that equipped the bike with quick acceleration. The bike gets a 248.5cc, single-cylinder, two-stroke engine that produces a maximum of 16PS power and a peak torque of 24 Nm.

Yezdi Oilking

Yezdi followed the Roadking with the Oilking. The Oilking was the exact replica of the Roadking from the looks to the transmission. The only difference was that the Oilking came with an oil pump. However, it didn’t succeed in the market as the pump used to fail often.

Yezdi Monarch

The Monarch was basically launched as a facelift version of the Yezdi 175. The chassis was taken from the Yezdi 175 bike and it weighed only a mere 136 kgs which made it appealing to the customers due to increased performance. The engine for the Monarch was taken from the Roadking.

Yezdi Classic

The Yezdi Classic was the second bike launched in the same segment as the iconic Royal Enfield Bullet. It was a cruiser bike that could cruise along with vast distances and made it popular amongst customers who bought the bike purely for their road trips. The marketing slogan used for this bike was “Forever Bike, Forever Value”. The bike could churn 13PS and 20 Nm with its 250cc, two-stroke engine.

Yezdi CL-II

The CL-II was basically an upgrade of the Roadking. The bike came with a 248.5cc, two-stroke engine that used to produce 13 Bhp. The bike was popular due to its lightweight and could do a 0-60 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The top speed hovered around 110km/h.

Yezdi 175

The Yezdi 175 gained massive popularity because it was much affordable than its competitor and bigger-engine powered siblings and was extremely peppy to ride. It claims to attain a top speed of 95 km/h. It came with a 175cc, 2-stroke engine that produced 9.5 Bhp maximum power and 14.27 Nm peak torque.

Yezdi 60

The Yezdi 60 was launched as an upgrade to the Jawa 50. It was popular amongst young riders and women. This fascinating looking bike was powered with a 60cc, two-stroke engine that churned as a maximum of 4 PS. It came with only a three-speed transmission.

Yezdi 350

The Yezdi 350 was launched to disrupt the market of the Yamaha RD350 or Rajdoot by making it extremely affordable compared to its competitors. However, the idea didn’t go that well and it couldn’t replace the RD350. The cost was lower because it was less powerful than the iconic Japanese RD350 but it was claimed to be fun to ride. It didn’t do that well in the market and that makes it a rare bike to spot.

Yezdi Deluxe

The Yezdi Deluxe was an iconic bike and is now found in many garages of vintage automobile collectors. The bike was fitted with a 248.5cc engine and weighed only a mere 131 kgs. It shared a lot of components from the Jawa Classic and the Roadking, including the suspension set up and the brakes.