The Jawa Classic is a beautiful motorcycle, but now it has become even more special, with the launch of the special edition khaki model, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Indian army’s victory in the 1971 war.
Prices for the Jawa Classic Khaki start at Rs. 1.93 lakh (ex-showroom)
Every now and then it is good to be reminded of the rich heritage and value of the Indian Army! And this time we have to thank Jawa. Now, Jawa isn’t the first motorcycle to launch models that pay homage to the military. Royal Enfield did this earlier, with their “Pegasus” and “Signals” series. But Jawa recently launched a new model in special edition, in fact, models of the Jawa Classic which pays homage to the victory of the Indian army in the 1971 war and also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war. there is a khaki shade and a midnight gray shade, inspired by the battle of Longewala in Rajasthan. We had the opportunity to get closer to the new Jawa Khaki and here is what we think.
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Design and ergonomics
Then! The Jawa Kaki! It’s the same Jawa Classic as before, but it now gets a nice matte khaki shade with an Indian Army badge sticker, flanked by a laurel wreath and the Indian tricolor on the fuel tank and blackened parts, which offer a nice contrast with the khaki brown. Hand painted stripes would have added more appeal than just a sticker!
The seat of the saddle is also new and although the difference in comfort and riding position is almost negligible. In short, the bike looks very, very good and vintage too!
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In terms of functionality, the Jawa Khaki has dual-channel ABS as well as a trip meter. The vintage analog instrument console remains the same, with the needle reminiscent of the Smiths’ 60s speedometer. The cut and finish remain excellent.
Performance and dynamics
The engine remains the same as before. The 293cc single-cylinder engine produces 27 hp at 6800 rpm and 27.02 Nm of maximum torque at 5000 rpm. The engine continues to receive the same 6-speed transmission as before. The Jawa Classic continues to be a great bike for getting around town. The motor offers enough growl to keep you engaged when you’re cruising around town and has the lungs to take you on long highway trips as well. The midrange is powerful and when you turn the throttle you’ll love what the bike has to offer, including the deep exhaust note!
The acceleration in gear is decent and the 6-speed gearbox also offers smooth gear changes. Cruising at 90-100 km / h all day is no problem on this modern classic. If you are patient enough the bike can reach even higher speeds, but when you ride the Jawa Classic you may as well ride at a relaxing pace and soak up the sights and sounds along the way.
The Jawa isn’t a corner carver, but it doesn’t shy away from corners either. There is limited clearance by the side stand on the left and the long cannon exhaust on the right, but show it a turn and the bike attacks it enthusiastically. Even with its curb weight of 172 kg, it is agile and can easily filter through traffic. The stiff suspension combined with the somewhat stiff seat can take some getting used to, however.
Price and verdict
The Jawa Classic is a minimalist bike! It is a simple and modern classic motorcycle, which aims to provide a good comfortable riding experience, with decent performance and usability. At 1.93 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Classic Khaki costs around 6,000 more than the regular model with dual-channel ABS. If you want some of the Indian military heritage then the Jawa Khaki makes sense, otherwise the Jawa Classic works great. But, as we said above, the matte khaki brown shade is irresistible!
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