The iconic Jawa motorcycle brand has been resurrected by Classic Legends in India. Classic Legends is an affiliate of Mahindra & Mahindra a large Indian manufacturer of powered equipment. As a $20.7 billion (USD) multinational group, with a presence in more than 100 countries and employing over 240,000 people, Mahindra is a significant worldwide manufacturer.
Mahindra rolled out the 3 new Jawa models in Mumbai. The new models are:
Each bike is powered by a four stroke, liquid cooled, dual overhead cam 293 cc single-cylinder engine providing 27 bhp and 28 Nm (~21 ft-lb) of peak torque. Full specs are a bit sparse at the moment but we do know that the Jawa and Jawa 42 are equipped as follows:
- The front suspension consists of a telescopic hydraulic fork while the rear uses a gas canister twin shock design.
- Braking is handled by a single disc up front with a floating caliper and ABS and a drum at the rear.
- Spoked wheels tube type with 18 inch front with a 17 inch rear rims.
- Twin pea-shooter exhaust.
- Seat height is 765 mm (30.1 inches).
- A curb weight of 170 KG (374 pounds).
- The fuel tank has a 14 liter (3.7 gallons) capacity. No kilometer/liter or miles/gallon estimate has been provided.
Both the Jawa and the Jawa Forty Two have “classic” lines with the Jawa Forty Two having the more retro design. The Jawa will be available in 3 colors while the Jawa Forty Two will be available in six colors.
The upcoming Perak model will use the same engine, but will be styled as a factory “bobber”.
According to Mahindra, the Jawa and the Jawa Forty Two will be available first with the Perak following at a later time. At present, Mahindra plans to concentrate on producing Jawas for the Indian market before deciding whether to expand distribution. Hopefully European or US emission standards won’t get in the way if Mahindra decides to export the bikes elsewhere.
Pricing is set at 1.64 Lakh ($2,282 USD) for the Jawa and 1.55 ($2,157 USD) Lakh for the Jawa Forty Two. No pricing has been set for the Perak.