It seems Jawa is going to be sticking to retro-themed motorcycles, at least for now, with the release of the boldly-styled 350 Special.
Back when Mahindra bought Jawa, the question was: What will the Indian manufacturing giant do to the classic motorcycle marque? Would the brand take a turn towards modern styling, or focus on retro models?
The 350 OHC model released last May seemed to hint at a future of throwback styling mixed with modern touches like EFI and ABS, and the just-announced 350 Special will continue that trend.
Unlike most modern retros, the 350 Special isn’t a naked bike. To pay homage to Jawa’s classic racing models, it’s clad in groovy bodywork, like a track machine from the 1960s or 1970s, but with street-legal lighting.
Unfortunately, the rest of the bike is fairly unthrilling; the 350 Special is powered by a made-in-China air-cooled single cylinder. Basically, it’s the same as the 350 OHC, but with a cool fairing. And most unfortunately of all, we can’t expect it to make it to Canada, as it seems no Indian manufacturer has any intention of trying to capture a corner of our market.