Making a comeback after over two decades, Jawa Motorcycles is here with a new 300 cc motorcycle, all set to take on Royal Enfield's 350 cc range. The company has unveiled its first all-new offering for the Indian market, The Jawa, priced at Rs 1.64 lakh (ex showroom Delhi), and a variant, Jawa Forty Two, priced at Rs 1.55 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).
The iconic Jawa motorcycles are back in the market after 22 years. The company launched all new motorcyles on Thursday, The Jawa, priced at Rs 1.64 lakh (ex showroom Delhi), and a variant, Jawa Forty Two, priced at Rs 1.55 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).
Besides, the company also unveiled the factory custom Jawa Perak powered by a 334cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine, priced at Rs 1.89 lakh (ex showroom Delhi), which will be available for sale later.
Mahindra & Mahindra has acquired the brand license to produce and sell Jawa motorcycles in India.
"The Jawa and Jawa Forty Two break cover as the brand's new torchbearers, bringing back the classic appeal of Jawa with a retro - cool twist. These modern machines have the authentic Jawa character that balances performance, capability and quality," the company said in a press release.
"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," Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra Group said.
Jawa, a Czech motorcycle brand was founded by František Janeček in 1929 and was introduced in India in 1961 by Rustom and Farrokh Irani who started the Ideal Jawa firm by importing Jawa motorcycles to India.
The company had shut its operations in 1996.
A staunch competitor of the Royal Enfield brand, the company manufactured the 250 type 353/04 under license in between 1961 and 1971 from the factory setup in Mysore. It also launched and sold a new motorcycle under the name ‘Yezdi’ in 1971.
The newly manufactured motorcycle will be in direct competition with Royal Enfield Classic 350.
The new Jawa motorcycle sports a retro look with a round headlight, a curvy tank, spoke wheels and a flat seat, News18 reported. The engine, which was launched last month, has twin exhaust mufflers, like the older Jawa motorcycles.
Apart from this, the new Jawa motorcycle has classic features like round mirrors, round indicators and telescopic fork as seen on its rival Royal Enfield Classic 350.
The 293 cc liquid cooled single cylinder engine is BS-VI compliant. The motorcycle has a single disc brake placed at the front and a rear drum brake at the back, making it a single-channel ABS unit.