The “Jawa” brand is a sensation, some people are still riding their motorcycles that were launched mid-nineties. Classic Motorcycles brought back the Jawa moniker in India with a set of modern motorcycles that still looks like original Jawas. Jawa was launched in the 1960s in India and was sold as Yezdi in 1973. Here are 10 Jawa and Yezdi motorcycles that people might have forgotten.
Jawa 250 Type A
This was among the first motorcycle that was launched in India. The design was the main selling point as there was nothing like it on the Indian roads at that time. If you would notice, this is the same design that is currently being used on the Jawa Jawa. It came with a 249 cc, air-cooled, two-stroke engine that was mated to a 4-speed transmission. The engine was able to produce a max power of 12 PS. It is still very desirable and is being collected by vintage collectors.
The 175 was relatively a more affordable motorcycle than the competitors and its siblings. Despite being affordable it felt peppy and eager to ride. The two-stroke, 175 cc engine produced 9.5 bhp of max power and 14.27 Nm of peak torque. The top speed of the Yezdi 175 was 95 kmph.
The Monarch was the facelifted version of the Yezdi 175. The chassis was derived from the 175 and the engine was derived from the Roadking. With a weight of just 136 kgs, it attracted a lot of people who were power-hungry.
The Roadking was the competitor to the Royal Enfield Bullet. It came with a 248.5cc, single-cylinder, two-stroke engine that produces a maximum of 16PS power and a peak torque of 24 Nm. With a weight of just 140 kgs, it was faster than the Bullet.
The CL CL-II was an upgrade to the Roadking. It became popular because of how quick it was. It could hit a top speed of 110 kmph and could achieve 60 kmph in just 4.6 seconds. It was powered by a 248.5cc, two-stroke engine that used to produce 13 Bhp.
The Oilking was launched after the Roadking. The Oilking was identical to Roadking except for one difference. The Oilking came with an oil pump but it was not successful in the Indian market because the oil pump itself kept failing and was very unreliable.
The 350 was launched as a direct competitor to Rajdoot or Yamaha RD350. It was more affordable when compared to the RD350. However, Yezdi 350 could not survive the competition despite being marketed as fun to ride. This happened because the RD350 was just more powerful and thrilling.
The Deluxe shared some of the parts from other Jawa Roadking and Classic. For instance, the brakes and suspension setup was taken from these motorcycles. The motorcycle weighed just 131 kgs and had a 248.5cc engine.
The Classic was launched in India as a competitor to the Royal Enfield Bullet. It was made for cruising so it became immensely popular among people who were travellers. The 250-cc, two-stroke engine was quite torquey too, it produced 13 PS and 20 Nm of peak torque. The marketing slogan used for this bike was “Forever Bike, Forever Value”.
Yezdi 60 was launched as an upgrade to the Yezdi 50. It was aimed towards young riders and women. The engine was a two-stroke unit with a displacement of just 60 cc. It produced a mere 4 PS and was mated to a 3-speed gearbox.