WHO IS JAWA MOTO???
JAWA is a motorcycle and moped manufacturer founded in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1929 by František Janeček,The name JAWA was established by concatenating the first letters of Janeček and Wanderer.JAWA was one of the top motorcycle manufacturers and exported its 350 (Pérák) into over 120 countries. Another famous model in the 1970s was the 350 Californian. It appeared in the typical black and red coloring from Californian beaches to New Zealand.
František Janeček started the company after working several years in the armament industry. Although he didn’t have any experience with motorcycles, he was familiar with production techniques. Janeček chose between the Austrian double piston two-stroke motor of Puch, the Berlin two-stroke of Schliha, and the new Wanderer 500 cc. Janeček chose the Wanderer. Because of the collapse of the German motor industry, Wanderer had already decided to stop the production. This is because they didn’t think it would be profitable to directly compete with BMW. The first model was introduced on October 23, 1929. This was a 500 cc 4-cycle engine with 12 kW of power (18 hp) and fuel consumption of 6 liters per 100 km. Although priced highly, through the first years (and several constructional fixes) this motorcycle was successful and was considered reliable.
After World War I, the demand for weapons fell, so the skilled workforce and factories of Europe focused their precision manufacturing techniques on the nascent world of motorcycles.
Under Patchett, the Jawa R&D team began designing engines in-house.
Additional models were introduced, mostly based on 250cc and 350cc two-stroke engines. The factory also made sophisticated four-stroke racing machines with overhead cams in very limited numbers during this period.These machines helped establish Jawa’s reputation for brilliant engineering and exceptional handling.This newfound confidence led Jawa to enter factory race teams at the Isle of Man TT races in 1932, 1933, and 1935.1939 – 45
The outbreak of World War II put a pause on the production of Jawa motorcycles – but not their development.Although the Jawa factory was forced to make armaments under Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, Janeček kept working in secret, driven by his passion for innovation.His next line-up of motorcycles would famously go on to be called the Jawa “Perak”.
Founded by Rustom and Farrokh Irani, the firm Ideal Jawa began importing Jawa motorcycles into India.Recognising the demand, Jawa established a factory in Mysore in 1961 with support from the king at the time, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.Between 1961 and 1971, Ideal Jawa manufactured the 250 Type 353/04 under licence.Jawa motorcycles quickly earned a reputation for being rugged, simple, and unbreakable.The Jawa 250 was the first choice of commute for urban youth – and many brave racers took home wins on the Jawa 250, inspired by the European racing scene.Fariborz Irani, CK Chinappa, and Somendar Singh were a few of the household names who made the brand famous racing these motorcycles on all kinds of terrain.By 1971, the Ideal Jawa company manufactured and sold the new motorcycles under the name “Yezdi” with technical assistance from Jawa.
Jawa Moto in India
JAWA motorcycles were introduced in India in the 1950s and they have a cult following to this present day. Production was carried out directly in India by Ideal Jawa India Ltd based out of Mysore starting in the early 60s. Earlier models were manufactured in Czechoslovakia and bore the CZ Jawa emblem on the side of the fuel tank. The locally manufactured models always had O within the Jawa emblem. The JAWA 353/04 designated as ‘A’ Type, Yezdi 250 ‘B’ Type, Jawa 350 type 634 Twin and Yezdi 250 Monarch models are driven to this day in various parts of the country. JAWA and Yezdi bikes, especially the ones with fuel tank paddings and ignition systems on the fuel tank are now collectors items. The company stopped production in 1996. In October 2016,Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), through its subsidiary Classic Legends Private Limited (CLPL), signed a licensing deal to launch motorbikes under the JAWA brand name in India and other East Asian countries.