New Yezdi Motorcycles India: Classic Legends To Bring Back Yezdi Models Too

Rahul Nagaraj

Jawa Motorcycles marked its re-entry in the Indian market, earlier this week. The motorcycle brand is owned by Classic Legends Private Limited (a subsidiary of Mahindra Group). The company introduced three motorcycles - Jawa, Jawa 42 and the Jawa Perak.

The Jawa and Jawa 42 have been launched in the Indian market while the Jawa Perak is expected to be introduced at a later stage. Both, Jawa and Jawa Forty Two come with a price tag of Rs 1.64 lakh and Rs 1.55 lakh, respectively. Both prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).

We have also done a First Look review of the Jawa 42 motorcycle, click here to read our review.

At the launch event, the company also announced their plans to revive two other iconic brands in the Indian market, the Yezdi and the BSA. However, they are yet to reveal the launch timelines of the two brands.

Anupam Thareja, Founder, Classic Legends owns the rights of the BSA brand while Boman Rustom Irani owns the rights to Yezdi, being the son of the founder of Ideal Jawa.

The Yezdi brand is expected to be revived in a year or two. The Yezdi might come with the same underpinnings of the new Jawa motorcycles while also being part of the same platform. However, the Yezdi will come with its own distinctive identity, inline to its own heritage.

The new Yezdi might be positioned in the 250cc to 350cc classic two-wheeler segment. On the other hand, BSA Motorcycles are expected to be revived to take on the newly-launched 650cc Royal Enfield motorcycles. The BSA brand has always been a premium, rather niche motorcycle brand with high powered engines. The new BSA motorcycles could come with new engines in the 500 to 750cc category.

However, Classic Legends are currently are involved in setting up exclusive Jawa Motorcycle dealership networks across India. The company will initially set up 105 dealerships, out of which 65 will be operational from December 2018.

The new Jawa motorcycles will rival the likes of the Royal Enfield Classic 350, click here to read our comparison between the two rivals.

The two newly-launched models from Jawa: Jawa and Jawa 42 are powered by the same engine - 293cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder unit producing 27bhp and 28Nm of torque. The engine is further mated to a six-speed gearbox. Bookings for both motorcycles has begun for an amount of Rs 5,000, with deliveries set to begin from January next year.

To know more about the new Jawa motorcycles, click here to read our First Look Review of the 'Jawa' motorcycle.

Thoughts On The Yezdi Motorcycle Revival

The re-entry of Jawa Motorcycles in the Indian market created quite a buzz in both the two-wheeler market, as well as the enthusiasts. The brand comes with a rich heritage and history and the Yezdi name is no less.

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