Modified RE 650 image for reference. Credit – Neev MotorcyclesBSA Gold Star derives inspiration from original 350cc/500cc Gold Star that was a popular choice in 40s-50s in UK
As part of its plan to expand its global footprint, Classic Legends recently unveiled all-new Gold Star in UK. It is possible that the bike may be launched in India at a later date. BSA Gold Star will primarily rival Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. The latter has significant fan following, both in India and overseas markets.
BSA has potential, as the brand is loved by many enthusiasts in European countries, especially UK. To understand how their rivalry may take shape, here’s a quick comparison between BSA Gold Star vs. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
Royal Enfield 650 Vs New BSA Gold Star – styling and features
Both bikes have retro styling with features such as round headlamp with chrome accents, round rear-view mirrors, circular instrument pods, wide handlebar and teardrop fuel tank. Metallic finish has been used on parts such as engine and exhaust. Both bikes use spoke wheels for enhanced retro feel.
Overall, BSA Gold Star has proportionately higher focus of retro styling in comparison to Interceptor. For true-blue retro enthusiasts, BSA Gold Star could be the preferred option. Interceptor is relatively tilted towards a contemporary look and feel, which appeals to younger audiences.
Royal Enfield 650 Twins Vs New BSA Gold Star
In terms of comfort, both bikes have ergonomically placed handlebar and centrally placed footpegs. Gold Star could do slightly better, as it has wide and longer seat. At 780 mm, seat height of Gold Star is lower in comparison to 804 mm of Interceptor. As compared to upswept exhaust of Interceptor, Gold Star’s straight exhaust reveals its road-biased character.
Gold Star vs. Interceptor 650 engine and specs
In terms of performance, there’s not much difference between the two bikes. BSA Gold Star is powered by a 652cc motor that generates 45 bhp of max power at 6,000 rpm and 55 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed transmission.
Interceptor 650 has a 648cc parallel twin motor that makes 47 bhp at 7,150 rpm and 52 Nm at 5,250 rpm. It is mated to a constant mesh 6-speed transmission. An additional gear on Interceptor can allow the bike to perform better while cruising on wide open roads.
New BSA Gold Star 650
As there’s no significant difference in power and torque, users are unlikely to feel any major change in ride dynamics. Power to weight ratio should also be close, as there’s only 4kg difference in weight. Gold Star is lighter at 198 kg, as compared to 202 kg Interceptor.
Suspension and braking configuration are quite similar. Both bikes have 41mm telescopic forks at front and twin rear shock absorbers with preload adjustability. 320 mm front disc is common whereas rear brakes are 255 mm on Gold Star and 240 mm on Interceptor. Dual-channel ABS is common as well.
Gold Star has 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, shod with Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp 100/90 and 150/70 tyres, respectively. Interceptor has 18-inch wheels at both ends, shod with Ceat Zoomcruz 100/90 and 130/70 tyres, respectively. More
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Modified RE 650 image for reference. Credit – Neev MotorcyclesBSA Gold Star derives inspiration from original 350cc/500cc Gold Star that was a popular choice in 40s-50s in UK
New Jawa Cruiser Spied by SourabhJawa is working on launching two new motorcycles – One of them is a traditional cruiser, which has now been spied again
Classic Legends is aggressively working on expanding its lineup across various brands. The company will be introducing multiple new models under new brands like Yezdi and BSA in the near future. Meanwhile, the Mahindra-owned company is also developing new bikes under the pre-existing Jawa brand.
Rekindled in late 2018, Classic Legends currently retails models such as Jawa Standard, Forty-Two and Perak under the Jawa brand. The bikemaker will soon launch a cruiser motorcycle under the Czech-origin brand which has been spotted testing on roads recently on a few occasions.
Upcoming Jawa Cruiser Motorcycle – Design
The latest spy shots show the test bike under complete camouflage which mimics retro-inspired styling. This is testified by highlights such as a round headlamp, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, spoke-styled alloy wheels, a compact windscreen and fork gaiters.
It also flaunts a wide rear fender and a comfortable saddle. In fact, the pillion seat seems roomier than Standard and Forty-Two. The latest spy shots are credit to automotive enthusiast Sourabh. The test motorcycle was spied near Pune in Maharashtra.
New Jawa Cruiser Spied
The upcoming Jawa cruiser looks similar in size to Perak and might share the same underpinnings as the single-seater bobber. Most of the key components and running gear like engine casing, leg guard, frame, dual-pipe exhaust and spoke-styled alloy wheels have been blacked out which should lend a sporty appeal with a dual-tone theme.
Based on variants and colour schemes, these components could be offered in chrome. From the images, we get to see typical cruiser-style ergonomics with a wide and tall handlebar and slightly forward set footpegs that should offer a comfortable riding posture suited for long-distance cruising. The thick padding of foam under the seat should further enhance riding pleasure.
Exp Engine, Specs
The Jawa cruiser could borrow its powertrain from Perak. The 334cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC engine pumps out 30 bhp and 32.74 Nm of peak torque. This motor is linked with a 6-speed gearbox. Suspension duties will be handled by conventional telescopic forks at front and twin shock absorbers at rear. Anchorage will be taken care of by single disc brakes at both ends aided by a dual-channel ABS.
New Jawa Cruiser Spied
Coming to features, the new Jawa cruiser would get an inverted analogue speedometer with a digital odometer as seen in current Jawa models. Other features such as an LED headlamp with LED DRLs should also be on offer. It might not be offered with high-tech features.
Upon its launch, the new Jawa cruiser will directly compete against the likes of Royal Enfield Meteor 350. It is possible that this motorcycle could be positioned over Perak as a flagship model in the Jawa lineup. Exp price could be in the Rs 2 lakh range, ex-sh. More
Yezdi Roadking Adventure MotorcycleUpon its launch, the upcoming Yezdi adventure bike based on Roadking will directly take on Royal Enfield Himalayan
Having sorted out critical supply chain issues in its production, Classic Legends is now looking to expand its portfolio with a variety of new models under different brands. These include the Yezdi Roadking scrambler and an adventure bike based on the same. The latter has been spotted testing once again, but this time fully undisguised.
New Yezdi Roadking Adventure motorcycle was recently spied on the outskirts of Pune, where it was getting shot by camera crew for its official TVC. Launch is expected to take place sometime next year. As mentioned earlier, the motorcycle is based on the forthcoming Roadking scrambler and hence shares many commonalities with its sibling. That said, both bikes get distinct individual styling.
Yezdi Roadking Adventure Motorcycle – ADV styling
The motorcycle gets a typical adventure tourer design with a neo-retro styling. Some highlights include a round headlamp, a tall windscreen, a signature ADV beak, a raised tail section and multi-purpose tyres. Unlike the scrambler, the adventure bike boasts of a single-sided upswept exhaust canister and different radiator shrouds in comparison to current Jawa models.
The upcoming adventure tourer and Roadking are expected to be based on a new architecture accompanied by a higher load-bearing rear subframe which will give the motorcycle a taller stance and an upright seating posture. The wide split seats, centre-set footpegs and a tall handlebar should offer comfortable riding ergonomics.
Yezdi Roadking Adventure Motorcycle
Yezdi Roadking Adventure Motorcycle was seen carrying pannier mounts and saddle stays at rear and vertical stays adjacent to the fuel tank enhancing its touring credentials. The vertical metallic stays also double up as protection bars for the fuel tank, engine and radiator. Further, the bike features a large metallic underbelly bash plate that looks beefier than its Jawa cousins.
Hardware Specs & Features
With all metal protection parts installed, we can expect the Yezdi ADV to surpass the 200kg mark kerb weight. The motorcycle rides on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wire-spoked wheels shod with dual-purpose tyres. Suspension duties will be handled by conventional telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock with preload adjustability at rear.
Anchorage will be taken care of by disc brakes on both ends with calipers from ByBre. In terms of features, Yezdi ADV will be equipped with all-LED illumination including taillight, turn indicators and headlight and a fully digital instrument console nestled in a rally-style robust casing.
Upcoming Jawa Cruiser, Yezdi Roadking Scrambler also spied
Expected Powertrain Specs
The upcoming adventure bike is expected to be powered by a 334cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor which currently propels Jawa Perak. This unit cranks out 30 bhp and 32.74 Nm of peak torque while being paired with a 6-speed gearbox. It is expected to hit markets by the first half of next year and could be priced aggressively around Rs 2.0 lakh (ex-showroom).
2022 Yezdi Roadking Scrambler and AdventureWith Yezdi, Mahindra-owned Classic Legends will have more ammo to take on rivals like Royal Enfield
After Jawa, Classic Legends is all set to bring back another iconic brand – Yezdi. Manufactured during the 70s to 90s, a number of Yezdi motorcycles were on offer such as Roadking, Classic, CL II, Deluxe, Monarch and Yezdi 175.
Initially, the company will be launching two motorcycles, a scrambler and an adventure bike. Roadking scrambler will primarily challenge upcoming Royal Enfield Hunter whereas its ADV sibling will rival Himalayan. Both bikes have modern-retro profile with features such as round headlamp and rear-view mirrors, tear-drop shaped fuel tank, and spoke wheels.
2022 Yezdi Roadking Adventure Video
Roadking scrambler has a sleek single seat, rear tyre hugger and dual rear shock absorbers. Its ADV sibling packs in features such as large windscreen, raised front fender, dedicated luggage racks at front and rear, split seats and engine and radiator guard.
With the additional equipment, Roadking ADV appears larger than the scrambler. It also appears to be using a larger front wheel, most likely a 19-inch unit. The rear wheel is a 17-inch unit. In comparison, the scrambler will have 17-inch wheels at both ends. Roadking ADV has swingarm rear suspension. Both bikes will have standard telescopic forks at front.
In terms of styling, both bikes are expected to get sporty graphics. It will primarily be seen on the fuel tank, as these bikes have bare minimum body panels. Expect the bikes to be offered in sprightly colour options.
A white coloured Roadking ADV was recently spotted that had banded graphics on the fuel tank. Winged Yezdi logo along with engraved ‘Legendary Yezdi’ badging further enhance the bike’s look and feel.
Yezdi Roadking engine
Both Yezdi Roadking and ADV are likely to borrow the 334 cc engine from Jawa Perak. The liquid cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC motor generates max power of 30.64 ps and peak torque of 32.74 Nm. It is linked to a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox. However, the engine can be tweaked to suit specific needs of both these bikes.
2022 Yezdi Roadking Adventure
Comparing to rivals, upcoming Royal Enfield Hunter will be using the new 350cc engine. This was first introduced with Meteor 350 and recently with all-new Classic 350. It makes 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm. It is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh transmission. In case of Himalayan, the engine used is a 411cc, SOHC, air cooled motor. It makes 24.3 ps and 32 Nm.
Just like Jawa, enthusiasts are eagerly waiting to witness the resurrection of Yezdi motorcycles. If things work out as expected in terms of design, performance and pricing, Yezdi bikes could become just as popular as their counterparts from Royal Enfield. Both Yezdi bikes are expected to be launched soon. They could be priced anywhere between Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 2.10 lakh. More
New Jawa Cruiser. Image – IamabikerWith growing popularity of Jawa motorcycles, there’s scope to introduce more products in 350cc segment
Mahindra-owned Classic Legends is working on an aggressive portfolio expansion strategy that will give rise to new Jawa motorcycles as well resurrected brands such as Yezdi and BSA. Jawa range will soon be expanded to include a new cruiser bike. This has been spotted multiple times on road tests near Pune, Maharashtra.
Jawa cruiser styling and features
Latest spy shots reveal the front, top and side section of new Jawa cruiser. Retro flavour is evident in the round headlamp, bar-end round rear-view mirrors, and tear-drop turn indicators. The bike has a chubby profile, as is evident with the rounded fuel tank and side panels. Other key features include compact windscreen, fork gaiters, spoke-styled alloy wheels, engine and leg guard and dual exhaust pipes.
Most of the key components have been blacked-out such as engine casing, frame, exhaust, alloy wheels, and rear suspension. Based on colour options available at the time of launch, some of these components could have a metallic finish.
Users can expect comfortable rides on Jawa cruiser, as it has upright, ergonomic riding stance. Footpegs are slight forward set, which should ensure optimal leg comfort even for taller riders. Wide handlebar will ensure hands can stay rested without any discomfort even during long distance touring.
New Jawa Cruiser Spied
The single-piece seat appears to pack in thick padding, which should further enhance riding pleasure. The seat is pretty wide as well, possibly larger than that of current breed of Jawa motorcycles. The seat will offer optimal comfort for both rider and pillion.
In terms of features, Jawa cruiser will be getting an inverted speedo. Existing Jawa bikes already have this feature. Other contemporary features could include LED headlamp with LED DRLs. Bluetooth-based connectivity features could also be on offer.
Jawa cruiser engine and specs
It is likely that Jawa cruiser will be using the 334cc motor that is currently used with Perak. The liquid cooled, single cylinder, DOCH motor churns out 30.64 ps of max power and 32.74 Nm of peak torque. It is linked to a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox.
Suspension duties will be performed by conventional telescopic forks at front and dual rear shock absorbers. While alloy wheels will be standard, the bike could also be offered with spoke wheels. Braking system will have disc brakes at both ends. Dual-channel ABS will be offered as standard.
Jawa cruiser bike may not have a direct rival at the time of its launch. In terms of its pricing, it will continue to rival the existing range of Royal Enfield motorcycles. In the long-term, Jawa cruiser can face competition from new 350cc bikes being readied by Royal Enfield. Honda has also set aggressive plans for this segment. It too can introduce new bikes to rival Jawa cruiser. More
Upcoming Yezdi Motorcycle RenderFirst official teaser of upcoming Yezdi motorcycles is now out – Officially shared by Jawa
Classic Legends are planning to ramp their production capacity as the Mahindra-backed motorcycle manufacturer looks to launch new models in the coming future. The company currently retails only three models under the Jawa brand which include Jawa Classic, Perak and Forty-Two.
Apart from Jawa, the bikemaker is planning to resurrect other iconic motorcycle brands such as Yezdi and BSA. Speculated test prototypes of both brands have already been spotted on a few occasions in the recent past. However, Classic Legends hasn’t fixed a specified launch timeline for the upcoming new models.
Jawa Motorcycles Announces Yezdi
Yezdi Official Teaser
Classic Legends is getting ready to revive yet another iconic motorcycle brand. After successfully reviving Jawa in Nov 2018, the Mahindra backed company is now getting ready to unveil new gen Yezdi motorcycles in Nov 2022. Upcoming Yezdi motorcycles have been spied testing on public roads.
Jawa Motorcycles revealed the official social media handles of reborn Yezdi. It is at these new Yezdi social media accounts, the teaser has been released. Though there is no announcement of date, it is expected to be unveiled this month.
Look who’s back? .#YezdiForever #Y #Yezdi #YezdiMotorcycles #YezdiRoadking #RetroCool pic.twitter.com/NXgMcXW7AT
— yezdiforever (@yezdiforever) November 10, 2021
New Yezdi Motorcycles
Yezdi Roadking name has already been registered in India. The first two motorcycles from Yezdi are expected to be Roadking scrambler and its adventure variant. Both these motorcycles have been spied testing together. In fact, the Yezdi Roadking Adventure was recently spied undisguised.
Yezdi Roadking ADV Render
Challenges Faced by Classic Legends
Ever since it made its return to the Indian market in late 2018, Classic Legends has been facing serious supply chain issues which have kept it busy. The company says that it has ironed out these issues and is now ready to expand sales with the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic being subdued to a great extent. Meanwhile, the bikemaker has also increased its footprints across the country.
When the pandemic struck the country early last year, Classic Legends had a total of 188 dealerships across India which now stands at 257 dealerships. The company intends to expand the number of dealerships to 300 by the end of December this year and grow to 500 by the end of next year. The first 100 dealerships were more urban-centric and since then more dealerships have come up in the smaller towns.
While Classic Legends has refused to divulge details of its sales volume generated in 2021, according to the data provided by Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), the manufacturer has registered a sales volume of over 11,520 units during the period between April and September in the current fiscal year. Retail sales data does not have sales of four markets including Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep.
As mentioned earlier, Classic Legends will be ramping up the production at its manufacturing facility based out of Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh which is owned by Mahindra & Mahindra. The company is ready to make investments required for making changes to this manufacturing plant. The 300cc Jawa models go up against the likes of Royal Enfield models like Meteor 350 and Classic 350, Honda H’Ness CB350 and CB350RS, and Benelli Imperiale 400. More
Yezdi Roadking Adventure MotorcycleWhile Yezdi Roadking will rival upcoming Royal Enfield Hunter, the ADV version will take on Himalayan
Resurrecting old brands is a challenging task that comes with significant risks. Mahindra-owned Classic Legends knows that better, as it had to deal with a number of teething troubles initially. Now that Jawa bikes have gained popularity and deliveries have been streamlined, the company is looking to further expand its portfolio. Part of that plan is reviving the Yezdi nameplate, which was quite popular during the 70s to 90s.
Two Yezdi motorcycle are expected to be launched soon, Roadking and an ADV based on the same platform. These have been spotted multiple times on road tests. It is possible that launch could be scheduled for November 15, which marks the fourth anniversary of Classic Legends.
Yezdi Roadking Adventure styling and features
Spotted undisguised recently, Yezdi Roadking ADV could be seen in white colour. Fuel tank has bands in contrasting blue and black shade, which enhance the bike’s sporty profile. Wing-styled Yezdi logo, glossy steel fuel cap and ‘Legendary Yezdi’ engraving on the fuel tank add another layer of uniqueness to the bike.
It is likely that several more colour options will be available for Roadking ADV. For the white variant, the engine and wheels carry their original metallic finish. Most other components have been blacked out.
Yezdi Roadking Adventure spied next to Mahindra Mojo
Similar to features available with Himalayan, Yezdi Roadking ADV has dedicated racks at front and rear. Other key features include round headlamp, turn signals and tail light, large windscreen, fork gaiters, dual front fenders, crash guard for engine and radiator, split seats, spoke wheels and upswept exhaust.
Users can expect comfortable rides, as the bike has wide, raised handlebar and centrally positioned footpegs. The full-digital instrument console is packed in shockproof casing, an essential feature for extreme off-roading.
Yezdi Roadking ADV engine and specs
Powering Roadking ADV could be the 334cc engine currently used with Jawa Perak. The single-cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC motor churns out 30.64 ps of max power and 32.74 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox. In comparison, Royal Enfield Himalayan is powered by a 411cc, air cooled, single cylinder, SOHC motor. It makes 24.3 ps / 32 Nm.
Yezdi Roadking Adventure
Yezdi Roadking Adventure will have standard telescopic forks at front and swingarm rear suspension. Wheels could be 19-inch and 17-inch units at front and rear, respectively. Both ends will have disc brakes and single-channel ABS could be offered as standard. Roadking ADV will be competitively priced to improve its chances against Himalayan. It could be offered in the price range of Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 2.10 lakh.
It’s good to see that Himalayan will finally have some company. The Yezdi nameplate has significant brand value and can emerge as a viable option against select Royal Enfield motorcycles. While Jawa alone hasn’t caused any major trouble for Royal Enfield, things could change with launch of Yezdi motorcycles. More
Yezdi Roadking ADV 350ccUpon their launch, the upcoming Yezdi Roadking and its ADV sibling will compete against Royal Enfield Hunter and Himalayan respectively
Classic Legends has taken upon itself to revive iconic motorcycle brands from yesteryears. It started with the Czech brand Jawa in 2018 and it will continue with Yezdi and the iconic British nameplate BSA in the coming future. The latter will specifically cater to buyers in the UK market.
The Indian two-wheeler manufacturer filed a trademark for the ‘Roadking’ moniker in India which will likely be the first motorcycle under the Yezdi brand. A test mule of a motorcycle which is presumed to be a Yezdi has been spotted on a couple of occasions previously. Based on the Roadking, a new ADV will also be launched, that will take on the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Yezdi Roadking ADV 350
At the first glance, the motorcycle reminds us of Royal Enfield Himalayan. In all possibilities, it will be positioned as an entry-level adventure bike against the off-roader from the Chennai-based bikemaker. Signature ADV styling highlights of this bike include a beak-like front mudguard, a taller handlebar, a large windscreen, a raised tail section and multi-purpose tyres.
The ADV also gets mountings to accommodate accessories such as a luggage rack and pannier boxes. It gets an all digital instrument cluster which is encased in a way which is usually seen on rally motorcycles. Take a look at the detailed video by The Fat Biker below.
Both Yezdi motorcycles will share the same underpinnings which will include telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers at rear. However, the ADV derivative is expected to offer greater travel than the scrambler version. Braking duties will be handled by disc brakes at both ends complemented by a single-channel ABS as standard.
The new Roadking and its ADV sibling will be manufactured under the same roof as their Jawa cousins at the company’s production facility in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh. They are expected to be powered by a new Perak based 350cc engine. It will be a single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor which will deliver power in the 30 PS range. It is likely to be coupled with a 6-speed constant mesh transmission.
Upcoming Yezdi Roadking
The upcoming Roadking is expected to be a neo-retro scrambler which has been testified with the earlier spy shots. Speculative design renderings have also suggested that it could possibly be a scrambler. A testing prototype of Roadking has been spotted again revealing crucial details about the upcoming scrambler. It is most likely to be underpinned by the same platform as Mahindra Mojo and its Jawa cousins.
Yezdi Roadking ADV 350cc
Some of its key styling highlights which give it a retro appeal include a round headlamp, short front fenders, circular taillamps, spoked wheels, circular rearview mirrors, almond-shaped fuel tank, a single-piece cantilevered seat and fork gaiters. In comparison to its modern classic counterparts from Jawa, Roadking could be offered with a slightly taller handlebar.
Unlike the previous spy shots of Roadking, the current set of images reveal a finished upswept exhaust. The riding posture also seems fairly comfortable with an upright stance thanks to centre-set footpegs and a straight handlebar. Wire-spoked wheels are another highlight that gives the bike a retro appeal. Yezdi motorcycles are expected to be launched sometime next year. More