Due to release earlier this year, the Jawa Perak has had a rough start, with supply chain issues delaying its launch so far.
Resembling a lightweight version of Triumph’s successful 1200cc Bobber, the new machine features a tubular frame, with a suspended seat unit housed above the rear monoshock. The rear does a good job of imitating a hardtail setup, with most of the suspension system hidden from view.
The Perak is equipped with a liquid-cooled 334cc single-cylinder engine that develops 30 hp and 31 Nm of torque. The air-cooled single cylinder is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The frame is a double cradle frame, with telescoping front forks and a rear monoshock unit, neatly stored under the single saddle. The braking system is single disc front and rear with standard dual channel ABS.
If the machine were to come to the UK, it would probably be one of the more attractive classically-styled A2 licensed machines, with its Indian RRP amounting to just over £ 2,200. Any bike sold here would obviously be adjusted to include export / import costs and would be taxed appropriately – but a classic A2 machine under £ 4000 like this is a tempting prospect!
Who are Jawa Motorcycles?
JAWA is a motorcycle and moped manufacturer founded in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1929 by František Janeček, who bought the motorcycle division of Wanderer. The name JAWA was created by concatenating the first letters of Janeček and Wanderer. In the past, especially in the 1950s, JAWA was one of the leading motorcycle manufacturers and exported its 350 to over 120 countries. The best-known model was the 350 Pérák and in the 1970s the 350 Californian.
In October 2016, Mahindra & Mahindra, through its subsidiary Classic Legends Private Limited (CLPL), signed a license agreement to launch motorcycles under the JAWA brand in India and other East Asian countries. On November 15, 2018, the Classic Legends launched three motorcycles in India: Jawa 300, Jawa 42 and Jawa Perak. They are made in Pithampur.