Jawa Custom Design Finalists Revealed
In an effort to keep its audience engaged during the ongoing lockdown, Jawa Motorcycles recently announced an art competition campaign under the banner of “Jawa Kommuniti Kustoms”. The retro-classic motorcycle brand has invited its fans to submit their entries of digitally personalized versions of 42.
The brand shared the top 4 final entries for its art competition on its social media account before announcing the final winner. Preset entries give custom bike builders and Jawa owners interesting modification ideas.
It appears the campaign is aimed at demonstrating the 42’s ability to support personalization. The aftermarket modifications contribute immensely to the branding of Royal Enfield motorcycles and, being a direct rival, Jawa Motorcycles aims to achieve similar recognition.
It’s no surprise that the best entries in this art competition adopt the Adventure Tourer, Cafe Racer and Scrambler body styles, with the latter representing three of the four finalists. The Adventure Tourer mod features the Jawa with high suspension, dual-purpose tires, windshield, custom exhaust downtube that ends under the belly without a canister, tiered seats, passenger backrest, saddlebags and a raised front fender. If Jawa decided to come up with a rival Royal Enfield Himalayan, it would be similar to this digital render.
The cafe racer entry also looks just as interesting with a custom slow-suspension seat, flat handlebars, dark color theme, thick tires, and minimal front fender. Such customization should be relatively easier and affordable to perform.
Jammer inputs have distinctly different attractions. While the modern hand-drawn tailpiece and a slim tailpipe, the digitally created raised tailpipe and a flat seat with serious off-road intentions.
Jawa is powered by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder 293cc engine derived from the Mahindra Mojo. Combined with a 6-speed gearbox, the engine develops 27 hp and 28 Nm of torque. The original motorcycle is fitted with a conventional telescopic front fork and two gas rear shock absorbers. Braking is provided by a 280 mm front disc with single-channel ABS and a 153 rear drum.
Jawa Motorcycles started off strong with an impressive number of bookings, but received a lot of criticism from potential customers for long delays in deliveries and a wide range of quality issues. The Mahindra-backed company then spent several months filling in the gaps and repairing its reputation.
The Jawa range starts at INR 1.53 lakh (ex-showroom). He is opposed to Royal Enfield’s Classic 350 which is expected to be upgraded to the next generation in 2021.