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  • Yezdi electric motorcycle planned for launch – Royal Enfield electric rival

    Yezdi electric motorcycle is expected to be developed completely in-house by Classic Legends
    Classic Legends, as the name suggests, relies heavily on the heritage and nostalgic effect of its Jawa brand to drive forward its business. Even with such approach, one has to embrace the changes like the rest of the industry.

    According to a report, Classic Legends has started working on an electric motorcycle project as a part of its future strategy. It is too early to speculate about the finer details but this motorcycle is reportedly set to revive yet another nostalgic motorcycle brand under Classic Legend’s disposal – Yezdi.
    Yezdi was a part of Mysore-based Ideal Jawa Ltd., which started selling Jawa Motorcycles in the country under license from 1960. The firm rebranded itself as Yezdi and 1973 and came up with products that were based on Jawa platforms. Popular Yezdi nameplates include Roadking, Monarch, CL-II, etc.

    Royal Enfield electric motorcycle on display at a company dealership.
    The Yezdi electric motorcycle plan by Classic Legends is consistent with the path taken by other retro classic motorcycle brands such as Harley Davidson which has already introduced the LiveWire, and Royal Enfield which is also reported to be working on a pure electric retro-classic bike.
    The report adds that the Yezdi electric motorcycle is an in-house project by Classic Legends even though there could be future technology transfer from its parent company Mahindra. Mahindra’s experience and expertise with Electric Vehicles would come in handy in developing a zero emission motorcycle for India.
    It is also being reported that Classic Legends intend to have heavy localization of its electric motorcycle to arrive at competitive pricing. That said, critical components like battery cells could be imported. It also remains to be seen if the development of Battery Management System (BMS) will be outsourced or not. Needless to say, the motorcycle will adopt classic styling consistent with Yezdi’s design philosophy and is most likely to use one of the old nameplates.
    Made in India tech via Mahindra

    In order to develop a pure electric motorcycle completely in-house, Classic Legends will have to significantly strengthen its R&D department. It is to be noted that Mahindra Two Wheeler’s R&D team played a major role in developing the IC-engined Jawa range. Mahindra Electric could play a major role in the development of electric motor for the upcoming Yezdi electric motorcycle.
    So far, the company has been finding it challenging to stick to the timeline for launches and deliveries. The eagerly awaited Jawa Perak motorcycle was launched late last year but deliveries are yet to start. The Jawa and Jawa 42 models also faced significant delay in deliveries.
    The company recently introduced the BS6 versions of Jawa and Jawa 42 with modified exhaust downtubes and an additional catalytic converter. The company’s prime focus currently would be to iron out the teething issues of its existing products and fulfill the already announced product launch commitments. So, we don’t expect the Yezdi electric motorcycle in question to be ready anytime soon.
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  • Jawa Perak delivery date revealed via 3 new teasers – 20th July 2020

    Online bookings for the Jawa Perak BS6 are open at a token amount of Rs 10,000
    Jawa Motorcycles India has most likely announced the date from which the Perak deliveries will start in India. Jawa has shared a secret message on social media, along with 3 images. One image carries the number 20, the next one has the number 7 and the last one has the number 2020.

    These three photos are shared along with the caption – “Its birth under a veil of secrecy formed a habit that’s hard to break. Even today, it holds its cards close – visible only to those sharp of eye and keen of mind. Do you see it?” Combining the teasers along with this message, it is most likely the date 20-07-2020, which is when Perak deliveries are expected to start officially.

    Jawa launch date teaser no 2
    Owned by Classic Legends (a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra group), the Czech-origin two-wheeler manufacturer introduced its new line of products, 42, ‘Jawa’ (or Jawa Classic) and Perak back in November 2018. The first two were launched then and there while it took exactly a year for the Jawa Perak to hit our market.
    Prices for the 2020MY Jawa Perak BS6 start at Rs 1.95 lakh ex-showroom. Online bookings are open at a token amount of Rs 10,000. It was the first Jawa product to follow BS6 emission norms while the lesser ‘Jawa’ and 42 received the update earlier this year. BS6 ‘Jawa’ and 42 versions carry a starting price tag of Rs 1.60 lakh and Rs 1.73 lakh, respectively.

    Jawa Perak delivery date teaser no 3
    Although Jawa Motorcycles initially made a strong statement by introducing two compelling alternatives to Royal Enfield’s popular ‘UCE 350’ lineup, the company could not keep track of delivery times in the months that followed. Now, sales are gradually picking up albeit affected by COVID-19. The Jawa siblings primarily rival the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Benelli Imperiale 400.
    Initial Delivery Date

    Coming to the Jawa Perak, the bobber-style single-seater has no direct rivals. Its closest alternatives come in the premium twin-cylinder middleweight category. Bookings were opened on 1 January 2020 and most dealerships still have one unit on display. Some dealers were also offering test rides. At first, Jawa Motorcycles planned a delivery timeline on the first week of April but had to postpone the same due to COVID-19 lockdown protocols.
    Meanwhile, a few examples of the Jawa Perak BS6 were spotted doing test runs across different parts of the country. Since the motorcycle was already unveiled in full, the prototypes did not wear any camouflage.
    Notable Highlights
    Besides the obvious single-seater layout, the Jawa Perak has some interesting highlights. They include a single Black (actually dark grey) colour option with gold accents, tan seat, twin-exhaust system, bar-end mirrors, single-pod instrument console, spoke wheels, round lighting units alongside a host of model-specific accessories.
    Specs & Powertrain
    Powering the Jawa Perak BS6 is a 334cc (bore x stroke: 81x65mm) liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine. It generates 30bhp and 31Nm of torque. In comparison, the ‘Jawa’ and 42 employs a 293cc (76x65mm) version of the power plant (derived from the Mahindra Mojo’s 295cc unit) good for 27bhp and 28Nm. All three come coupled to a 6-speed transmission. More

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    Jawa Perak continues testing – ARAI homologation pending?

    Czech-origin Jawa Motorcycles currently has three products in its Indian portfolio: 42, Jawa (or ‘Classic’) and Perak. The former two were updated to BS6 emission norms earlier this year while the bobber-style Jawa Perak was BS6-compliant right from the start. BS6 prices for the Jawa 42 and Classic start at Rs 1.60 lakh and Rs […] More

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    Jawa launches home delivery, doorstep test ride facility – Opens 46 dealers

    For now, Jawa has opened dealerships which are in green zones. Timeline for opening remaining dealerships depends on the lockdown situation in the respective region. All dealerships which have opened, are opened with emphasis on safety, hygiene and social distancing. Images here are credit to @classic_jawa, Kerala. Jawa has introduced seven step safety protocol, which […] More

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    Jawa Custom Design Finalists Revealed – Adventure, Scrambler, Cafe Racer

    In an attempt to keep its audience engaged during the ongoing lockdown, Jawa Motorcycles recently announced an art contest campaign under the ‘Jawa Kommuniti Kustoms’ banner. The retro-classic motorcycle brand invited its fans to submit their entries of digitally customized versions of 42. The brand has shared top-4 final entries of its art contest on […] More

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    Jawa Motorcycles to launch in Europe – Rival Royal Enfield

    Classic Legends, owned by Mahindra & Mahindra group, brought down Jawa Motorcycles to the Indian market back in November 2018. As a first, two motorcycles were launched as direct rivals to Royal Enfield’s ‘350’ range: Jawa 42 and ‘Jawa’ (a.k.a. ‘Jawa Classic’ or ‘300’). Prices for the initial BS4 single-channel ABS models stood at Rs […] More

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    Jawa Blak cafe racer custom unveiled – Based on Forty Two

    Jawa Motorcycles recently introduced a new contest on their social media platforms to find the best talents in motorcycle designing and customisation. Dubbed #JawaKommunitiKustoms, the contest is open to everyone who has a knack for reimagining an automobile in a unique, and oftentimes, better form than its stock avatar. The contest was introduced on April […] More