Jawa has launched two motorcycles in Europe, which sounds like it may be a step closer to re-entering the motorcycle market in India. And when it does, the Czech brand will be more than welcome and appreciated, owing to among others, its nostalgic value. Jawa used to be in India in the 60s, and may as well have been your father's first motorcycle. There must be many who have had a ride on a Jawa Yezdi's fuel tank as a child. The brand was acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra last year, which all the more gives us hope that we will see Jawa motorcycles on our roads by next year.
While Jawa has been known for two-stroke engines, the two motorcycles launched in Europe have four-stroke units - 350 OHC and 660 Vintage. The 660 Vintage is not exactly a new motorcycle, but more of a street version of the 660 Sportard introduced in 2011. It was powered by a 660cc parallel twin, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine. The 660 Vintage too produces the same power figures - 49 hp and 57.5 Nm, but has a more classic styling.
The 350 OHC is a brand new model that pays tribute to the 350 Type 634 two-stroke from the 70s. The 350 OHC is powered by a 397cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine with a fuel injection system. It produces 27.7 hp at 6500 rpm and 30.6 Nm at 5000 rpm.
Not many specifications of the motorcycle are known yet, but it does get ABS for the front disc brake. It is priced at CZK 99,930 or about Rs 2.6 lakh. There is no confirmation yet whether or not Mahindra & Mahindra would launch the 350 OHC or the 660 Vintage in India.
If the company's announcement on bringing Jawa to India is accurate, they will be sold through Jawa dealerships across the country by 2018. The company plans to manufacture Jawa bikes at its Pithampur plant. If the 350 OHC is manufactured in India, it will likely be priced about the same as it is currently in the Czech Republic.