Classic Legends, a new company formed by Mr. Anand Mahindra, Anupam Thareja and Boman Irani (of the Irani family who own the rights to the Jawa and Yezdi brand) launched the retro-modern range of Jawa motorcycles last month. The media rides are all set to commence, following which Jawa dealers will begin accepting offline bookings for the motorcycle. The much awaited test rides will also start from the 15th of December, 2018.
The Jawa brand has now been resurrected through a range of retro-modern motorcycles. These motorcycles are aimed at buyers seeking a modern machine that gets vintage styling. Right from the outset, the Jawa and Jawa 42 motorcycles will go on sale while the Perak bobber will join these bikes sometime later next year. The Jawa 42 is the least priced motorcycle, at an ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs. 1.55 lakhs. The classic-styled Jawa is priced Rs. 9,000 higher.
Both the Jawa and 42 motorcycles are mechanically similar. Only the aesthetics vary. While the 42 takes a funkier approach with offset speedometer and an overall retro vibe, the Jawa has gone full retro. The motorcycle aims to be as original as possible in comparison to the Jawa Classic, which used to be on sale in India in the 1980s. From the chromed fuel tank to the twin barrel exhausts, the new motorcycle looks very similar to the older one.
What has changed though is the mechanicals, and this has changed quite drastically. While the original Jawa Classic and other Jawa motorcycles used simple, two stroke engines that were famous for their simplicity, ruggedness and high torque delivery, the new range of Jawas have taken a modern approach. The engine in question is a 293cc single, which gets twin overhead camshafts, a four valve head, fuel injection and liquid cooling.
In other words, this engine is as modern as it gets, and also meets the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 emission norms. The engine pushes out 27 Bhp of peak power and 28 Nm of peak torque on the 42 and Jawa motorcycles. The Perak gets a 334cc, big bore version of this engine, which puts out 31 Bhp-32 Nm. Both iterations of the engine get 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard. Meanwhile, the Jawa Perak will be the range topper from the brand for the foreseeable future, and the least priced bobber on sale in India. It’s priced at Rs. 1.89 lakhs.
An Italian engine designer, well known for his work on racing motorcycles, was roped in to give the 293cc and 334cc typical Jawa traits from the past – high torque at the low end, and the characteristic beat from the twin barrel exhausts. The upcoming media rides of the Jawa and 42 motorcycles will give us a picture on what these motorcycles are all about. For those who want a first hand experience, do keep an eye on your nearest Jawa showroom. Talking of which, Jawa is all set to commence sales and service operations in India with nearly 100 dealerships across the length and breadth of the country.