2018 Jawa Motorcycles
2018 Jawa Motorcycles

Classic Legends Pvt. Ltd. the new outfit powered by Mahindra & Mahindra had a sensational start on November 15 when it re-launched the cult brand Jawa in India. The Czechoslovakian motorcycle brand entered India in 1950s and the Maroon coloured bikes were the epitome of biking till it shut doors in 1996.

In its second coming to India, Jawa Motorcycles has revealed three motorcycles- Jawa, Forty Two and Perak. Priced from Rs 1.55 lakh onwards, the new generation Jawa bikes are eye-catching and strategically positioned as a key rival to industry leader Royal Enfield.

However, a customer who plans to put money on new Jawa bikes may get confused over which model to choose. The three new bikes of Jawa Motorcycles can be summed up as 'past, present and future'. Didn't ring the bell? We will explain.


One of the new bikes from Jawa Motorcycles is called just Jawa as a tribute to the first-ever model the brand launched in Europe with the same name. Priced at Rs 1.64 lakh (ex-showroom), the Jawa is for the brand's loyalists.

Jawa Motorycles
New Jawa Motorycles

The roadster model carries forward almost everything of Jawa 250 Type A, the first Jawa offering to go on sale in India. Jawa gets original details like chrome plated fuel tank with golden pinstriping.

The pinstripes can be seen in on the front as well as rear mudguards. It features a single piece flat seat and mid-set footpegs along with flat wide handlebars confirms easy riding posture. The classic touch is further evident with the colour options- Maroon, Grey and Black- all inspired by yesteryear models.

The standard Jawa is for those who want the essence of erstwhile without any new age add-ons.

Jawa Forty Two

The Forty Two is the motorcycles that defines the modern-day Jawa. Having said that, it's not shying away from the fact that it's a retro model in its DNA. From the engine section onwards to the rear, the Forty Two looks identical to the standard.

Jawa Forty Two
Jawa Forty TwoPicture courtesy: ZigWheels

You cannot find the excessive chrome touches of the standard Jawa in the Forty Two. Instead, it gets matte-black elements and that gives the bike a neo-retro look. The Forty Two gets offset instrument cluster and bar-end mirrors, adding modern roadster touch. Jawa Motorcycles offers the Forty Two in six colour options many of which are the matte finish.

The Forty Two is a fine balance between not being an extreme classic or extreme new model and that will surely attract a lot of millennials. It has been priced at Rs 1.55 lakh (ex-showroom).

Jawa Perak

Jawa Perak sheds some light on the future of the brand. It looks pretty different from the other two models. The Perak has a flamboyant stance with Bobber-like design. It has got a low and long stance and it comes with matte black colour finish to details giving it a futuristic look.

A floating single seat, bar-end mirrors, chopped fenders, and stubby exhaust mufflers adds an unique and modern appeal of the Perak.

Jawa Perak
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra at the launch of new Jawa motorcyclesIANS

The Perak has been priced at Rs 1.89 lakh and it will not be available soon. If you are the one looking for modern design and latest technologies in a contemporary package, Perak is the bike for you from Jawa Motorcycles' stable.

Both the Jawa and Forty Two are powered by a 293 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine capable to produce 27bhp and 28Nm of peak torque mated to a six-speed gearbox. Jawa Perak is also powered by the same engine, but has a bigger bore, displacing 332cc and it develops 30bhp and 31Nm of peak torque.