Jawa is back! Three new motorcycles - Jawa, Jawa Forty Two and Perak - have been unveiled.
22 years after Jawa was forced to call it quits, the brand has now made a comeback. And it is under new management. While on paper Classic Legends Pvt. Ltd. (CLPL) - a subsidiary of the Mahindra group, has revived the moniker - Research & Development and Production will take place at the Mahindra facility.
There’s been a lot of build-up leading up to the official unveiling of the Jawas. Today, three new Jawas have been revealed. The first one is a classic motorcycle that pays homage to the Jawa brand and, as a result, it's simply called the Jawa. The next one, the Forty Two, is more of a modern classic and the styling is more in tune with the times. Last but not least is the Perak, which is a 'bobber' and dons a single-seat 'customised' look. The Perak, however, will go on sale at a later stage. The most affordable of the three is the Forty Two, which is priced at Rs 1.55 lakh. The Jawa is priced at Rs 1.64 lakh, while the Perak will sit at the top of the range at Rs 1.89 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
The Jawa and Forty Two come with a 293cc single-cylinder fuel-injected motor that develops 27bhp and 28Nm. Mahindra says that the new Jawas have been built from ground-up and a lot of work has gone in to retain the typical sound of a two-stroke mill in this new four-stroke iteration. While the sound takes you on a nostalgia trip, the engine itself is BS-VI ready. The gearbox is a six-speeder. The Perak will have a bigger 334cc motor based on the same 293cc engine, but having a larger bore.
As for other technical details, the Jawa and Forty Two feature a double-cradle frame and they both roll on a 90/90-18 front tyre and 120/80 -17 inch rear tyre. Braking setup includes a 280mm disc brake at front and drum brake at the rear. Single-channel ABS is standard. The new motorcycles have a kerb weight of 170kg.
Customer deliveries of the new Jawa motorcycles will begin early in 2019. According to the company, Jawa Motorcycles will begin the operations with as many as 105 dealerships across the country. Given the prices, the Jawa and the Forty Two will compete with the Royal Enfield Classic 350.