Jawa, the retro motorcycle brand from Mahindra & Mahindra, has opened showrooms in many cities, indicating that the launch will happen within one month.
Kerala, as the biggest market for such bikes, has seen the opening of several such showrooms in the last few days, including one in Kochi (see above) and another in Trivandrum.
Showrooms in other cities like Calicut and Thrissur are also being worked on (see below).
The showrooms are currently being used for demonstrating the products and taking booking.
Jawa is launching three bike models — Classic, Jawa 42 and a customized version known as Jawa Perak.
The company announced last week that it is already sold out till September.
The Jawa Classic, which will make liberal use of chrome like the old model, maintains all the key ratios of the original model, including the slightly lower seating position and will be priced at Rs 1.66 lakh.
The 42 model, which seems to be what the company plans on selling in higher numbers, also maintains the key ratios and triangles, but has some ‘updates’ on the original design.
It has a different seating position, a different handle, different handling and different colors, and looks more like the Bullets than the classic Jawa model. Jawa 42 is also cheaper than the classic version at Rs 1.55 lakh excluding RTO levies.
The bikes are powered by a 293cc twin-cam liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that outputs 27 BHP, compared to about 20 BHP for Royal Enfield Classic 350.
The front tyres are 18 inches in diameter and have a width and height of 9 cm each, while the back tyres are bigger at 19 inches and a width of 11 cm and height of 9 cm.
These tyre dimensions are 1 inch smaller compared to the Bullet, but the back tyre is wider.