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Last year, Mahindra & Mahindra acquired the legendary Jawa motorcycle brand and was exploring the possibility of bringing it to India. That is still a couple of years away though. The Czech bike maker has now launched its first set of bikes after its acquisition. These bikes – the 350 OHC and the 660 Vintage – are powered by four-stroke engines.
This new Vintage model is a more classically styled bike that pays tribute to the iconic Type 634. Mechanically, the bike makes 49hp of peak power and 57.5Nm of torque.
While the Vintage is an updated version of the Sportard, the 350 OHC is an all-new bike, again styled to be a tribute to the iconic 350 Type 634 two-stroke from the 1970s. This bike gets a single-cylinder air-cooled engine with fuel injection. The 397cc engine makes 27.7hp at 6,500rpm and a maximum torque figure of 30.6Nm coming in at 5,000rpm. This engine also meets Euro-IV emission norms, which will make the bike feasible to be sold in Europe.
It’s got a classic British roadster look going for it, thanks to a 19-inch front wheel and an 18-inch one in the rear, both with wire spokes. The bike comes with a 12-litre fuel tank and the overall weight of the bike is 160kg. Jawa hasn’t revealed too many other specs about the 350 OHC, but it does sport ABS for the front disc brake. It is priced at CZK 99,930 in the Czech Republic, roughly ₹2.6 lakh.
It’s still unknown whether Mahindra will bring the 350 OHC or the 660 Vintage to India. The company plans to manufacture Jawa bikes in its Pithampur plant and sell them through new Jawa dealerships by 2018, assuming they stick to their schedule.