Classic Legends, the company part-owned by Mahindra, has begun testing a scrambler motorcycle, which is based on the Jawa 300 platform. The motorcycle spied on test showed minimal camouflage, indicating that it could be close to production. The Scrambler will be the fourth motorcycle from the brand, which also sells the Forty-Two, Jawa and Perak in the Indian market. An exact launch timeline for the Jawa Scrambler is unavailable for now although we suspect that the motorcycle should make it to the market sometime later this year.
Delving into the spyshots, it’s clear that the Jawa Scrambler has a striking resemblance to the Ducati Scrambler, a motorcycle that is priced upwards of Rs. 7 lakh. In contrast, the Jawa Scrambler is expected to be priced well under Rs. 2 lakh at launch.
Just like the Ducati Scrambler, the Jawa Scrambler has a raised rear sub-frame, which gives it a taller stance, which is quite different from the roadster look that the Forty-Two and Jawa offer, or for that matter the low-slung, bobber stance of the Perak.
The twin exhausts are carried over to the Jawa Scrambler as well, but are upswept. Noticeable changes on the new motorcycle include taller handlebars, a rear tyre hugger, long travel front suspension and on-off road tyres, which seem to be wider than the ones on the Forty-Two and Jawa.
The Jawa Scrambler gets blacked out parts including a black finish on the engine cases and head, in keeping with the off-road oriented theme. Don’t expect the motorcycle to be a hard-core off roader though. The Jawa Scrambler is likely to be a soft roader meant for enjoying light trails.
The Scrambler is likely to feature either the 292cc, liquid cooled DOHC single cylinder engine (27 Bhp) from the Forty-Two/Jawa or the big bore , 334cc version (30 Bhp) of the same engine from the Perak. Both engines feature 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard, while fuel injection is also standard.
Disc brakes are likely to be on offer at both wheels, with dual channel ABS as standard. We’d be pleasantly surprised if Classic Legends offer switchable ABS on the Scrambler, adding to its off road chops. Over to the official launch now.
Classic Legends currently sell three retro-styled motorcycles in India – the Forty-Two, the Jawa and the Perak. While the Jawa Forty-Two is a roadster, the Jawa is a close-to-the-original retro motorcycle with dollops of chrome. The Perak is a Bobber, and India’s lowest priced one at that. Prices of the Jawa Forty-Two start from Rs. 1.68 lakh while the Jawa is priced from Rs. 1.8 lakh. The Perak is the top-of-the-line offering, and is priced at Rs. 2 lakh ex-showroom India. Classic Legends also holds the rights to the Yezdi brand, and could resuscitate the brand sometime in the coming years. For now though, the retro motorcycle brand has its hands full with the three motorcycles it currently sells, and the fourth (Scrambler) one that will be launching soon.