The first batch of Jawa 42 retro motorcycles equipped with dual channel ABS have begun reaching customers. Shree Kushal Motors of Nagpur delivered a couple of Jawa 42 motorcycles equipped with dual channel ABS. The first customer for the twin channel ABS equipped Jawa 42s was Gunwant Khobragade of Nagpur. The motorcycle equipped with this life saving safety feature is about Rs. 9,000 pricier than the single channel ABS version. Although Classic Legends sells both the single channel and dual channel ABS variants of the 42 and Classic models, we strongly advise people interested in the Jawa motorcycles to opt for the dual channel ABS variants. The additional safety net is worth it, and dual channel ABS is a lot more effective than single channel ABS.
Classic Legends’ third motorcycle for the Indian market – the Perak Bobber – will get dual channel ABS as standard. If the company finds more people opting for the dual channel ABS variants, it’s likely to discontinue the single channel ABS option. If you’re wondering what the difference between dual channel and single channel ABS is, dual channel ABS works on both wheels while single channel ABS works only on the front wheel. This crucial change makes dual channel ABS a lot more effective than single channel ABS, where the rear wheel can still get locked during emergency braking.
While locking the rear wheel by braking hard can help in certain off road conditions, it’s not the safest bet for road riding, where dual channel ABS really shines. ABS (dual channel) works by modulating braking pressure to both the wheels during braking, ensuring that the wheels do not lock and result in a skid. This gives the rider the option of steering around an obstacle during emergency braking. ABS also makes braking in the wet very safe by preventing skids, which happen to be one of the major reasons for motorcycle accidents. In a single channel ABS, the anti-lock braking function is limited to the front wheel.
Coming to the motorcycles on sale, the Jawa 42 gets retro styling with a few modern touches, and is priced at Rs. 1.55 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The Jawa Classic, on the other hand, gets chrome heavy, period correct retro styling and is designed to mimic the Classic of the 1970s. Both motorcycles are powered by a modern, 293cc four stroke engine with fuel injection, liquid cooling, a four valve head and twin overhead camshafts. This motor makes 27 Bhp of peak power and 27 Nm of peak torque, and has distinctive twin barrel exhausts. The engine is paired to a six speed manual gearbox. The Perak will have a big bore, 332cc version of this engine with 31 Bhp-32 Nm on tap. The gearbox will be carried over though.