Will we see Jawa make a comeback?

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Czech motorcycle manufacturers Jawa have launched an all-new Java 350 in the Czech Republic.

With the recent acquisition of the Jawa brand by Mahindra & Mahindra has had bike enthusiasts wondering if the Czech brand will make a comeback in India. Jawa motorcycles were extremely popular in India from the 1960s, all the way to the late ‘90s when two-strokes were finally banned due to emission norms. The company, now under Mahindra ownership, has now launched their first new model in the Czech Republic, called the Jawa 350 OHC.

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The 2017 Jawa 350 OHC is designed to invoke more than a hint of nostalgia, retaining the classic lines of the old bikes, while being powered by a relatively modern four-stroke, 350-cc, air-cooled single. Jawa claim that the engine has been sourced from Shineray, a Chinese manufacturer, and is based on an old Honda engine. This fuel-injected mill makes 26 PS at 5,250 RPM and 32 Nm of peak torque at 4,750 RPM, mated to a four-speed gearbox. The bike also comes equipped with ABS.

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There has been no official announcement about when, if ever, Jawa motorcycles will make a return to India, however this can’t be discounted with Mahindra at the helm.

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