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Jawa Motorcycles launched two new models on the Indian market: Jawa and Forty Two; priced at Rs 1.64 lakh and 1.55 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi), respectively. The Mahindra-owned motorcycle brand also showcased the Jawa Perak — a bobber-style factory custom.
While the Jawa Perak has a disc brake at the rear, the entry-level Jawa models do not come with one, but makes use of traditional drum units. Jawa Motorcycle fans have instantly raised the question as to why the new models have no rear disc brakes, and the brand did have some answers. In the meantime, the Perak bobber might be launched with a dual-channel ABS unit too — read our first look review of the Jawa Perak.
The new ‘Jawa bikes' are meant to remind the classic styling of motorcycles from the ‘70s and ‘80s; a period when disc brakes were extremely rare. But, with time, manufacturers were forced to employ disc units for better braking efficiency. This made an impact on the aesthetics of motorcycles.
The modern Jawa motorcycles also follow the same approach with the 280mm front disc brake; further assisted by the single-channel ABS unit. However, the brand left the rear wheel with only a 153mm drum brake. To an extent, the new Jawa models' rear drum brake setup has given a classic touch to the overall aesthetics, especially on the new ‘Jawa'. We have done a detailed first look review of the new ‘Jawa' where you can know everything about it.
Adding more to the reasons why the brand has not introduced a rear disc brake on the new models, Ashish Joshi, CEO of Classic Legends*, pointed out that drum brakes do not mean poor braking efficiency. He said the front-disc-and-rear-drum combination does not compromise too much on braking performance. Jawa Motorcycles have also given high priority in making the engine sound good — listen to the Jawa exhaust note in the latest Jawa TVC.
*Classic Legends owns Jawa Motorcycles and is a subsidiary of Mahindra.
Ashish even said that equipping the new Jawa models with rear disc brakes was the easier option, but the company chose the "traditional way". Furthermore, a rear disc brake will certainly increase the price of the motorcycles. This would make the most affordable Jawa 42 model, dearer by a few thousand. Check out the first look review of the Jawa 42, to know everything about the most affordable Jawa.
The new Jawa motorcycles are powered by a 293cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine which makes 27bhp and 28Nm of torque. This is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The Jawa Perak,on the other hand, has a re-bored 334cc unit making close to 30bhp and 31Nm.
Thoughts On Why The New Jawa Motorcycles Lack A Rear Disc Brake
Though there is not a rear-disc variant of the entry-level Jawa models, chances for it to be introduced at a later stage is not bleak. If there is a high demand for a rear-disc setup, Jawa Motorcycles will surely employ it in their future models. However, without riding the new Jawa bikes, we cannot jump into a conclusion whether it is actually a need or a want. What do you think?