For those who were born before the 1980s in India, Jawa, Royal Enfield, Yezdi, and Rajdoot were few of the most-heard bike names. Back in those days, Jawa, among the mentioned bikes had a cult following. The same fame and name are enjoyed by the Royal Enfield bikes currently. Jawa motorcycles were sold in India till late 1973; later they were replaced by the Yezdi bikes.
However, Yezdi bikes did not enjoy fame for long as things changed post 90's globalization. More and more two-wheeler manufacturers came to India with exciting features and superior performance. Japanese companies like Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha launched several motorcycles as they considered India as a potential market. With passing time, the uses of the bike also changed. Earlier seen as a status symbol, bikes, these days are chosen as an everyday commuting vehicle. Bulky, huge, iconic bikes are replaced by compact, frugal and easy-to-use scooters and motorcycles. The only survivor of the industry's paradigm shift is Royal Enfield, the brand still has a cult following and craze among youngsters and oldies alike.
Making retro contemporary
The resurgence of the Jawa brand in India has been in the limelight since quite some time. In late 2016, Indian conglomerate Mahindra and Mahindra acquired the Czech motorcycle firm BSA and got the license to manufacture and sell Jawa Motorcycles in the Indian subcontinent. In 2018, the Executive Chairman Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra announced the comeback of the iconic brand in India.
Back with a bang
Jawa Motorcycles is prepared to start an all-new episode in the Indian market. The brand's comeback has brought the nostalgic enthusiasts back into play. There is a host of owners and clubs with fully restored motorcycles on the road. On the other hand, the brand is eyeing to capture the interest of new and young Indian consumers. With the essence of nostalgia, the brand is ready for the customers those haven't experienced the bike, but has heard a tonne of stories from the veterans.
Jawa has launched three bikes for the Indian market- the Standard Jawa, Jawa 42, and the Jawa Perak. The standard one flaunts a retro styling, which is similar to the older Jawa 250. The upright and comfortable ergonomics of this bike makes it perfect for long-distance touring. The Jawa 42, alternatively, boasts a much sportier ergonomic and has a lower handlebar. The Jawa 42 has a distinctive design, thanks to its blacked-out fork covers and altered headlight design.
Moreover, it is priced at Rs. 9000 lesser than the standard model. Both the bikes have a 293cc DOHC liquid-cooled engine that offers an impressive pick-up and acceleration. A single-channel ABS is present for safer rides.
The Perak, on the other hand, is the bobber variant among all the options. The bike is way better than the other two and gets several enhancements. The Perak will seize your attention with its bobber-like styling, hardtail look, and minimalistic bodywork. The bike is powered by a DOHC, liquid-cooled 334cc engine that produces 30.4PS and 31Nm. For safety, it is equipped with rear disc along with dual-channel ABS.
Owing to heavy demand of the bikes, the launch of the bikes has been reportedly pushed to September 2019. The nostalgic feel, culture and a huge ride factor that goes with this brand make it a real stunner. As per the MPV act, it is compulsory to ensure your bike with comprehensive bike insurance. You can even buy a two wheeler insurance policy online with zero paperwork.