JAWA Is Finally Back And India Is Rejoicing!!!
Back In the days when everything was simple and laid-back, there were three heroes- Royal Enfield Bullet, Jawa, and Yamaha Rajdoot. Three heroes who cruised the Indian roads as if they owned it, full of robustness and grit. Times changed, bringing in Japanese and other smaller bikes into the Indian market. As the sun set on the horizon for Jawa and Rajdoot, RE mustered the strength to take on the new world.
After all these years, Royal Enfield held the spot for itself above the rest of puny bikes, with competition only coming in late in the form of Bajaj Avenger, Dominar and Mahindra Mojo. It was about time, old faces made a return to the centre-stage… Jawa Is Back!
After revealing the new engines that will be used in these motorcycles, Classic Legends (a part of Mahindra) finally launched the three Jawa bikes for the Indian Market. The three new classics- Jawa, Jawa 42, and Perak. Talking about the Jawa and Type 42, both the bikes are powered by same 293cc, single-cylinder engine and liquid-cooled engine placed in a double-cradle chassis which produces 27bhp and 28 Nm of torque (higher than that of Classic 350). This engine is mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox. According to the company, the all-new engine uses a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) configuration, which increases the efficiency of the engine at higher speeds.
Styling wise, the new Jawa brings back the charm of the classic Jawa that was so popular in the 80s and 90s. It helps to bring back all the old memories when this light-weight bike roamed the Indian roads. On the other hand, Jawa 42 is the company’s rendition of how Jawa would look today, in the modern time. Classic Legends also unveiled the Jawa Perak, a bobber that will be powered by a 334cc engine, developing 30bhp and 31Nm of torque and is priced at Rs 1.89 lakh. It will be launched in 2019.
And the modern touches are not just cosmetic, the bikes get front disc brakes with ABS, BSVI compliant engine and modern suspension. The new Jawa is priced at Rs 1.64 lakh while the 42 is priced at Rs 1.55 lakh taking them head-to-head with the Royal Enfield’s. But one thing is to be seen, both these bikes cost more than the Classic 350 and closer to the price bracket of Classic 500 which raises the question… Will the new Jawa 300s be able take the fight to Royal Enfield’s doors?