Jawa motorcycles were introduced in Indian market in the 1950s and the motorcycles were so good that the brand has developed a fan following to present day, two decades after the last motorcycle was sold in the country. Production was carried out directly in India by Ideal Jawa India Ltd in the early 60s. Earlier models were manufactured in Czechoslovakia and bore the CZ Jawa emblem on the side of the fuel tank. The company stopped production in 1996. But in October 2016, Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), through its subsidiary Classic Legends Private Limited (CLPL), signed a licensing deal to launch motorbikes under the JAWA brand name in India and other East Asian countries. Earlier this week, Jawa has announced their new bike’s engine and the first bike will break cover on November 15, 2018.
The engine which is developed from the scratch resembles only a bore and stroke with the Mojo’s existing 300cc mill engine and is BS-VI ready in the interest of the BS-VI compliance that will be made a compulsion soon. The engine is a 293cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor that features dual overhead camshafts. It is assembled in Italy, as well as India, and is supposed to produce 27bhp of maximum power and 28Nm of peak torque mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine looks classic just by looking at it’s design.
In effort to relive the retro charm that these bikes are famous for, the block and head are endowed with cooling fins that are reminiscent of the old air-cooled two-stroke engine,but apart from the retro looks; this is a completely modern unit, fed through a DOHC head and electronic fuel injection. Again considering it’s a Jawa bike, the engineers at Jawa have worked real hard to come up with a the design of the exhaust muffler that is worthy of the Jawa name. They collaborated with a team of sound engineers who designed various shapes and harmonic pipe combinations to finally arrive at an exhaust note and they claim that it sounds and feels like a classic two-stroke engine even though it is a modern four-stroke engine. The excitement for the first Jawa bike in India after twenty two years is sky high. It is rumoured that the bike will cost around Rs. 2.5 lakh and is regarded as a Premium class bike for enthusiasts.
Stay tuned for more updates on the details of the motorcycle and the launch.