Jawa Motorcycles has finally made a comeback to India. Classic Legends, a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, the new owner of Jawa brand has launched three new bikes. Jawa is the first bike and it pays homage to the original Classic Jawa. While the Jawa 42 is a sportier and sharper version of the Jawa motorcycle. That's not all, they have also showcased the ‘Perak’ a factory custom bobber with a matte grey paint job. The bikes are priced competitively with Jawa at Rs 1.64 lakh, Jawa 42 at 1.55 lakh and Perak at 1.89 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi.)
Retro styled Jawa looks quite appealing as it doesn’t stray away from its classic design. The headlight of the Jawa is quite similar in design to the classic as it gets the same dome-shaped headlamp. This headlamp also extends to form the cover for the front forks. Other design features include the teardrop-shaped fuel tank garnished in chrome, vintage-style fenders, and a single seat with a pillion strap. Spoked wheels, chrome round rearview mirrors, a sump guard and body-coloured grab rails complete the retro look. Old-school instrument console comprising of the speedometer and fuel gauge gives a neat touch to the overall design.
On the other hand, the edgier and nuance Jawa 42 pushes the envelope of the Java design. It looks completely different by featuring low-set handlebar, sleek bar-end mirrors, a sporty front fender, blacked out front fork covers as well as grab rail. Last but not the least, the offset instrument console on it looks quite unique. Classic Legends also showcased a factory custom bobber, Jawa Perak. This unique bike gets an all-black treatment, lowered handlebars, upside-down bar-end mirrors, a single tan-coloured seat, custom exhaust, and a custom rear fender with integrated turn signals. Unfortunately, the Jawa Perak won't be available now as it is still under development.
Classic Legends has remarkably managed to strike the right balance between timeless design and modern components. Powering the Jawa and Jawa 42 is a completely new 293cc, BSVI-compliant, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine inspired by the Mojo. It has been re-tuned to produce 27PS of power with 28Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed transmission. Notably, the exhaust layout for all three bikes is similar to Jawas from the past and the company even claims that these exhausts have the same nostalgic note from the older Jawa.
However, powering the Perak is a slightly bigger, 334cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC engine that gets a bigger bore but retains the stroke. This more powerful engine produces 30PS and 31Nm of torque. A longer wheelbase provides more stability to the Perak and better underpinnings than the standard Jawa.
The bike employs a double downtube frame which houses a radiator to cool the engine. Conventional telescopic forks are set up at the front and the rear gets dual shocks with 5-step preload adjustability. Braking is done by a single 280mm disc up front with ABS while to keep the costs down, the rear gets a standard 153mm drum brake. Tyres are of section 90/90-18 at the front and 120/80-17 at the rear. A kerb weight of just 170kg with a low seat height of 765mm is a boon for short riders.
Classic Jawa is offered in three different colours of Black, Maroon, and Grey, while the 42 will be available in six different paint schemes of Teal, Green, Blue, Lime, Nebula Blue and Red. Bookings for the bikes have begun and deliveries are expected to begin early next year. A set of 105 dealers have signed up with the company across India and more will be added soon. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the UM Renegade Classic are the main competitors that Jawa and Jawa 42 will be facing.