Jawa celebrates 1971 war victory with two new army colours

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 11 Jul 2021

Today is ‘International Jawa Day’ and the year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war victory. Jawa Motorcycles has chosen to celebrate it by saluting the spirit of bravery, service and valour of the Indian Army with two new colour editions – the Jawa Khakhi and Midnight Grey. The two moorcydles will be available across Jawa dealerships in India and are priced at Rs 193,357 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

What makes these motorcycles special is the commemorative emblem that proudly features the prestigious Indian Army insignia flanked by a ‘laurel wreath’ symbolising the 1971 victory. Jawa Motorcycles says it is the first manufacturer to be allowed to do so on a production motorcycle.

According to Jawa Motorcycles, the Jawa Khakhi “signifies the spirit of selfless service to the nation by the men in uniform” and the Jawa Midnight Grey “is inspired by the Battle of Longewala, fought in the western frontier along Rajasthan border.” This battle played an important role in India’s victory in the 1971 war where brave soldiers from Indian Army and BSF thwarted the enemy attack and defended our motherland, fighting bravely through the night.  

Anupam Thareja, co-founder, Classic Legends, said: “How we measure success as a company is not by how many motorcycles we sell. It is by how much we’re able to give back.”

Presenting the two new colours of Jawa as a tribute to the 1971 victory, Ashish Singh Joshi, CEO, Classic Legends said, “We have a special place in our heart for the men and women who protect our nation. We call them Forever Heroes and it’s the cornerstone of Jawa’s existence. It gives us immense pride to dedicate the Jawa Khakhi and Jawa Midnight Grey to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war victory. As a company we are honoured to carry the Indian Army’s insignia on our motorcycles that will forever remind the riders of the bravery and sacrifices made by our soldiers to keep our motherland protected.”  

Styling and features
Along with the existing bike’s existing styling, the new Jawa Khakhi and Midnight Grey are finished in matte and feature an all-black theme that runs across the mechanical parts of the motorcycle. The engine now features brushed fins adding to the attention to detail. The 1971 War Victory commemorative insignia occupies the place of pride on the fuel tank flanked by tricolour stripes.

The wheel and tyre sizes remain unchanged from before but these motorcycles ride on blacked out spoke rims to go with the overall black theme.

All the product enhancements introduced across the Jawa Motorcycles range, beginning with the introduction of forty two sports stripe earlier this year, also find way into these motorcycles. These include an improved seat with redesigned seat pan and cushioning, retuned suspension and frame setup, retuned exhaust note and trip meter for rider convenience.

The new colours will only be available in the Dual ABS version, which is equipped with the ABS module developed by Continental.

The Jawa range is powered by the 293cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine which now develops 27.33 PS of power and 27.02 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission.

To further contribute to the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebrations along the year, Jawa Motorcycles will be a part of various celebratory rides with the Indian Army that mark important landmark occasions like Kargil Vijay Diwas, Battle of Turtuk and Battle of Longewala, with the Jawa Khakhi and Midnight Grey leading the charge.