Jawa launches 350 Special retro race replica

Jawa 350 Special

Czech Replica motorcycle company Jawa has unveiled this 350 Special retro race replica, its second bike since it was taken over by Indian tractor company Mahindra a year ago.

Mahindra also bought legendary British brand BSA last year and has hinted it will return to the international market this year with retro models.

We expect the Jawa brand is also intended for the world market while the thirst for retro models remains high.

After all, it was unveiled in Europe, is compliant with Euro4 emissions standards and complies with new European standards that require an Antilock Braking System (ABS) for any bike over 125cc.Jawa 350 Special

However, there is no word on whether the bike will be available in Australia.

350 SpecialJawa 350 Special

The fully faired 350 Special sports two-tone race paint that pays homage to the company’s traditional race livery.

It is based on the retro 350 OHC naked bike which was released last year.

Jawa 350 returns to international market
Jawa 350 OHC

Jawa is renowned for its two-stroke engines, but these are powered by a 397cc air-cooled, OHC four-stroke engine sourced from Shinray in China with Delphi fuel injection.

It produces just 20kW of power at 6500 revs and 30.6Nm of torque at 5000rpm.

The Jawa 350 Special weighs 171kg which is 11kg more than the Jawa 350 OHC.

It features a 17 litre fuel tank, dual analog meters, twin exhausts, disc brakes and a fold-away pillion footrest.

There is no word yet on price, but the 350 OHC sells in the Czech Republic for CZK99,930 which is about $A5300 (US$4000).

While these 350 models are made in the Czech republic, Mahindra is also redeveloping their Indian tractor plant at Pithampur to produce Jawa bikes.

Other legendary motorcycle brands revived in recent years include Bultaco, Brough, Hesketh, Levis, Matchless and Norton.

Last month MV Agusta also announced plans to make electric bikes under the Cagiva nameplate.

4 Comments

  1. Mark
    Pass on my details to the importer/distributor. If it has good build quality and goes and sounds like it looks, I’m up for a test ride. Daff

  2. Crikey! “Fold-away pillion footrest”? Where do I sign?
    However, the rider of the 350 Special would want to be more than good friends with the pillion, judging by the length of available seating.
    Those Jawa’s are nice looking bikes. They have the style and proportions right, in the pictures at least.

    I keep wondering how long the retro bubble will last before it bursts. Also, what will be the next styling fad? What will happen to the companies heavily invested in the retro craze when fashions change?

  3. “these are powered by a 397cc parallel-twin air-cooled, OHC four-stroke engine”

    The naked bike in the photo has a Chinese copy of the Honda XR400 engine, which is a single with 2 exhaust ports and headers making it appear like a twin.

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