[dropcap]G[/dropcap]reat news for Indian fans of neo-retro-styled motorcycles who have been tired of reading about new, lightweight superbikes that do 300+ kmph: Jawa’s classic bikes are back! If a lot of you are hearing the brand name for the first time, here is a quick preview of the bikemaker’s history: Jawa began operations in Indian 1960, already a leading motorcycle manufacturer with presence in over 120 countries. But, due to production issues, the company had to shut down. Fast forward to 2018 and the company has a new lease of life, thanks to Classic Legends, a subsidiary of the Mahindra Group.
“It’s rare to get an opportunity to resurrect a legend. Jawa is an authentic and iconic brand that represents the desire and yearning in all of us for freedom and adventure,” says Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group. And they did exactly that.
Classic Legends has launched three motorcycles, called the Jawa, the Forty Two and the Perak. The Jawa is priced at Rs 1.55 lakh, the Forty Two will cost you Rs 1.64 lakh and the chas a price tag of Rs 1.89 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom).
The standard Jawa is a homage to the Type 353, the first Jawa motorcycle. The Forty Two, with its offset speedometer and bar-end mirrors, gives it a modern-retro look. Both motorcycles have the same mechanical powertrain. Both are powered by a 293cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke motor that puts out 27bhp and 28Nm of torque. The motor is paired to a six-speed gearbox.
The Perak, on the other hand, gets a bigger engine as it has a bigger bore. The 334cc, liquid-cooled motor churns out 30bhp and 31Nm of torque. The Jawa and the Forty Two sit on a double-cradle frame, weighing 170kg. Braking duties are taken care of by a dual 280mm disc at the front and a drum unit at the rear. In terms of suspension, they get a telescopic hydraulic fork up front and twin-shock absorbers with gas-charged canisters at the rear. Both these motorcycles feature 90/90 18 tyre at the front and a 120/80 17 tyre at the rear.