Jawa is back with a bang! With three different offerings, the classic motorcycle brand plans to shake the retro bike market that has ruled by Royal Enfield for many years. While the Jawa enthusiasts are really aware of what the brand is offering, but there are many who are unfamiliar about the brand and its rich heritage. So, let's look at the top 5 aspects of the company that you might not be aware of.
Most of you surely know what the Jawa is offering all thanks to the hype around its launch. But speaking about Jawa there is much more to the brand and its legacy than just three bikes. With a rich Indian history that dates back to the 60’s that is the kind of legacy Jawa Motorcycles has. In the year 1961, under the leadership of Rustom and Farrokh Irani, this Czech bike maker opened a factory in Mysore, Karnataka. Jawa 250 Type 353/04 was the first bike to roll out of this manufacturing facility. This amazing bike not only took part in different motorcycle races but was also featured in a number of Bollywood movies.
It was not only a good looking bike of its time but also one of the most value-for-money 250cc performance bikes. Hence you see a huge cult following till this day even after being out of the market for many decades. By bringing back the brand in the most authentic way, especially the Jawa variant, Classic Legends has successfully been able to strike the right chord among enthusiasts.
Variants and Pricing
Jawa, Jawa 42 and Perak are the three bikes launched by Jawa Motorcycles in India. Jawa with a price tag of Rs 1.64 lakh is a reincarnation of the original classic Jawa bike from the yesteryears. Whereas, Jawa 42 is a more modern interpretation of the same bike and priced cheaper than the Jawa at Rs 1.55 lakh. Perak is a factory customer bobber that had got everyone's heart racing commands a price of Rs 1.89 lakh. This bike with its modern features has the soul of the Jawa 350, is still under development and will probably launch by mid-2019.
With a relaxed riding posture and easy-to-reach handlebars, Jawa is the most comfortable bike of the lot. For those young blood riders, Jawa 42 offers a more aggressive stance with its low-set flatter handlebars. The bobber Perak gets a single tan seat and is the sportiest of the pack. Low seat coupled with low flat handlebars makes it the most aggressive and possibly the most fun to ride too.
Not only does the Jawa look beautiful but its engine with its retro styling and twin exhaust layout looks attractive too. It is surprising to know, it is the same engine that powers Mahindra Mojo. To suit the classic nature of the bike, the Mojo engine has completely been reworked from the ground up. The engine is a 293cc, BSVI-compliant, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder one and produces a 27PS of power with 28Nm of torque. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, power comes in the midrange but has a flat torque curve. This same engine powers the Jawa 42 as well.
Now Perak, on the other hand, gets a bigger 334cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC engine. This big engine shockingly produces a powerful 30PS and 31Nm of torque. You must be wondering how’s that possible? As informed by the bike makers, the engine has a bigger bore but still retains the same stroke, which explains the increase in power.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 and UM Renegade Classic are the prime competitors for the Jawa as well as the Jawa 42. The retro motorcycle space for many years has only been dominated by the Royal Enfield motorcycle range. Now with the advent of the more powerful and classy looking Jawa, it will be interesting to see how they fare against each other.
By signing 105 dealerships already across the country, the manufacturer has done a commendable job. The dealers are expected to be operational by the first week of December 2018 and commence deliveries of Jawa as well as Jawa 42 by the first quarter of 2019. You will have to wait for the Perak for some time more as it is not production ready yet.