The Forty-Two is a quirky classic – with its offset speedometer and bar tip mirrors and discrete paint schemes.
Classic Legends, a subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra, relaunched Jawa Motorcycles in India in three new variants on Thursday – Jawa, Jawa Forty Two and Jawa Perak. Jawa and Jawa Forty Two will be sold at Rs 1.64 lakh and Rs 1.55 lakh, respectively. The Perak costs Rs 1.89 lakh will be available next year. All prices here are ex-Delhi showroom.
"All this journey is a result of serendipity, pronoia and intuition," said Anupam Thareja, one of three "Friends" responsible for the rebirth of the Czech brand, with the other two Anand Mahindra and Boman Irani.
Jawa and Jawa Forty Two are driven by the same 293cc liquid-cooled engine with two camshafts in the head that produce 27bhp of power and 28Nm of torque. The single-cylinder engine has been designed to resemble the original two-stroke engine. It is coupled to a six-speed transmission and is ready for the Bharat VI. Bicycles are equipped with double exhaust doors. All bicycles are made at the Mahindra factory in Pithampur.
Bicycles have 18-inch wheels at the front and 17 inches at the back. These are MRF – 90/90 rubber shoes on the front and 120/80 on the back.
The bikes receive 280mm discs with ABS at the front and the 153mm drum at the rear. The front gets a telescopic hydraulic fork suspension while the rear gets a gas canister, twin hydraulic shock. Both bikes have the capacity of 14L tank.
This is where the similarities end and the differences begin.
The original: Jawa
With Jawa, Classic Legends chose to follow the ethos that defined the Czech motorcycle – simple, robust and reliable. So much so that they named the motorcycle after the first Jawa which was produced in 1929. No prefix, no suffix.
The speedometer is aflush with the headlight module in Jawa.
The Jawa, then, is decidedly retro – a retrospective of the 1970s. The brown paint scheme, chrome fuel tank and pink stripes in all right places come together in the right, classic proportions. The motorcycle can also be black and gray, but you would not do it – not with the old headlight boat that wants to be brown.
Jawa Forty Two: Yes, it's the answer
According to Thareja, Jawa Forty-Two is the embodiment of what Jawa would have evolved had he remained in continuous production.
The underrated painting scheme of Jawa Forty Two in
The Forty-Two is a quirky classic – with its offset speedometer and bar tip mirrors and discrete paint schemes. There is not a boat in front, as in Jawa, but a simple round headlamp sits atop the front forks.
If there were any motorcycles that could highlight the nickname "modern retro", Forty-Two is
Perak stands out. "Nuff said
Next to Jawa and Jawa Forty-Two at the inauguration in Mumbai today, Perak occupied a space of his own – and commanded his own paparazzi.
And why should not he? Just look at this! A true blue European bobber in matte black flesh, the Perak is antisocial. It has room for a (a cantilever seat), requires compromise (trailing rods, bar mirrors) and draws attention despite its familiar Jawa goemetry.
It also gets a 350cc engine when it's released next year.
Colors and availability
The dealerships are ready, but not open to customers. Sixty-two dealerships will be opened in major cities early next month, while the test drive and delivery should begin in February 2019.
Jawa will be available in three colors – Jawa Black, Jawa Maroon and Jawa Gray.
The Forty-Two will come in six colors: Heal's Teal, Galactic Green, Starlight Blue, Lumos Lime, Nebula Blue and Comet Red.