Classic Legends, the company that has resurrected the Jawa retro motorcycle brand in India is all set to boost production of the 42 and Classic 300 models. The two wheeler maker is working with suppliers in order to boost production, and CEO of Classic Legends – Ashish Joshi – has indicated that everyone who has booked the motorcycles before the online bookings were closed will receive their motorcycles by September 2019. In the coming months, production of both the Jawa 42 and Classic will go up as part suppliers also increase their capacity.
Here’s what Ashish Joshi had to tell HinduBusinessline about the delay in deliveries and production
Currently, if one has booked the Jawa at a showroom, he/she will be told that there would be a 9-10 month-long waiting period. There is a lot of effort going behind ramping-up (production) with suppliers, and that is showing us very positive results. We are overwhelmed with the response, and we have now come to terms with this kind of response and we have worked very hard towards the ramp up. I think over the next few months, people will start realising that there is a steady stream of motorcycles coming through and (that) people are getting their machines. With about 2,500 components in the bike and over 700 suppliers supplying them, we are only as strong as that. It’s not about building up your capacity, but it’s about building up supplier capacity as well. And here we are, with a resurrected brand, a completely new motorcycle (with) a completely new set of suppliers supplying it to us — it takes a little while to get everything up to scale.
The Jawa 42 is the brand’s entry level motorcycle, and is priced at Rs. 1.55 lakhs. It features a retro modern design with many bits that give it a custom motorcycle vibe. The Jawa Classic, which is essentially a more retro-styled version of the 42, shares its mechanicals with the former, but is priced slightly higher at Rs. 1.64 lakhs. Both the Jawa 42 and Classic use the reworked Mahindra Mojo 293cc four stroke, single cylinder engine. This motor makes 27 Bhp-28 Nm on the Jawa motorcycles, and gets fuel injection, liquid cooling, a four valve head, twin exhaust ports and twin camshafts.
By the end of this year, Jawa will start taking bookings for the Perak – a Bobber that is based on the same platform. The Jawa Perak is priced at Rs. 1.89 lakhs, which makes it the least priced Bobber motorcycle on sale in India. The motorcycle gets a big bore version of the 293cc motor. Displacing 334cc, the big bore engine makes 31 Bhp-32 Nm. A six speed manual gearbox is standard. While the Jawa range of retro motorcycles sold presently get single channel ABS, dual channel ABS will be offered from this month onwards.