Wah! Wah! JAWA – A Story of a True Bike Enthusiast by Abhilash Bharadwaj

by Deepak on June 26, 2011

Hi everyone, I am here not to bore you people with a review of one more bike. In this article, I want to write about a man who has so much passion for bikes that his house has turned into a museum.

He is a man with lot of passion to one of the greatest motorcycle brand of India which was started in Mysore. Yes, it is Jawa which later became Yezdi.

I recently came through a show on regional news channel about a man near Mysore (Which is birthplace of this machine JAWA) who has collected about 17 bikes all belonging to the same make. My love towards bikes and moreover to these bikes which created the benchmark in motorcycling history in India made me find out the person and see these legends myself.

I contacted the news channel people and got the contact information of this man. This man Mr. Boregowda basically having a background of agriculture had passion towards bikes from his youth which had made him collect these masterpieces.

The urge to visit this man made me contact him and finally after getting his appointment, I left my place (Bangalore) heading towards Mysore which is about 140kms just to see these motorcycles.

Finally on 20th of June I visited his place but unfortunately he was busy on some other work so could not meet him but his son Mr. Harsha showed his dad’s collection of motorcycles and also showed us the 18th bike in his collection which was a Yezdi Roadking which he purchased it a week before.

Brief History of JAWA

Frantisek Janecek began manufacturing Wanderer motorcycles in 1927. In 1929 he rebranded the machine with the name JAWA, derived from the first two letters of the words “Janacek” and “Wanderer”.

This company was shut in 1996 due to the emission norms which could not be met by their 2-Stroke engines and also competition from the Japanese brands which were smooth, fuel efficient 4- stroke engines.

During their period, Jawa faced competitions from Enfield and Rajdoot to a large extent and at one point of time when the ROADKING was released under the brand of Yezdi, overtook the sales figures of the Enfield motorcycles..!!!

JAWA in India

Catch phrase: “Forever bike forever value

Ideal Jawa India Ltd was a motorcycle company based in Mysore was started in 1960 under the brand name JAWA.
It was later sold under the brand name of YEZDI from 1968.

Let me speak about the collection of motorcycles by this bike enthusiast and some information collected on these bikes.

Engine

The bike first released was under the brand name JAWA and some information which I collected from Mr. Harsha is that it was a 250cc single cylinder air cooled engine with a twin exhaust. From the picture, you can observe that the cylinder head of JAWA bike is circular and has a dome kind of finish at the top of the engine.

One aware of this detail can distinguish between a JAWA and a YEZDI by looking at their cylinder head. You can also observe from the picture the porcupine like cylinder head and square shaped casing for the cylinder was sold under the brand name YEZDI.

In 1970 a model called OILKING was released under the brand Yezdi which many people are unaware of (I myself was unaware of this model by the Yezdi until I visited this place). This model featured an oil pump to mix the 2T oil and later production of this model ceased. You can observe a prominent protrusion provided for the oil pump just below the engine near the gear.

Though this model was retired and oil pump was removed, a protrusion can be observed in the later model ROADKING.

Later in 1974, the most successful model of the Ideal Jawa ltd. “Roadking” was launched. It almost overtook every other models of that period like the Mighty Rajdoots and the muscular Bullets.

Frame & Looks

All the bikes built by Ideal Jawa had 16 inch wheels and the bikes sold under the brand JAWA had full covered mudguards and a single mould accommodating the headlight and speedometer similar to the Enfields.

The later Yezdis were built on a single frame like motocross and had the headlight- speedometer assembly separated and had looks of a café-racer rather than the classic retro looks of the earlier JAWA.

One can distinguish a JAWA from Yezdi from the oil tank below the engine, Jawa bikes have an oval shape oil tank and Yezdi has somewhat a square finish of the oil tank.

MONARCH: Later in 1996 Yezdi released a model based on its twin frame a Yezdi 350 with a dual cylinder and a 19 inch wheels, this was said to be one of the finest engines developed in India but they could sell only few units of this machine and later the company Ideal Jawa India ltd. was closed the same year.

Few models under Yezdi brand were

  • Deluxe
  • Roadking
  • CL II
  • Classic
  • Monarch

One more interesting fact is that in 1996, they had developed a refined engine with aluminum casting but this engine was never put in to production.

Ideal Jawa had exported many of their models to over 60+ countries all over the world and it’s definitely a brand which Indians still remember and be proud of even after one-and-a-half decade after they have stopped the production.

This man Mr. Boregowda has maintained the bikes in good condition and still runs these bike sometime but due to lack of space in his home, it was all put together so pictures of all the bikes could not be taken.

My intention of this write-up was to share some information I collected about one of the Indian motorcycling brand which was popular over 60 countries during its period. My generation of bikers would be unaware of many of this information about an Indigenous legend in the motorcycling history.

I would like to thank Mr. Boregowda for giving me opportunity to visit him, his son Mr. Harsha for providing some details about these bikes especially the OILKING which many people are unaware of, and finally Deepak Raj for providing me the opportunity to write this article and all crew members of Bikeadvice.

Regards
Abhilash Bharadwaj

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Tushar Khanna June 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Nice review…

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Abhilash June 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Thank you Tushar :)

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Abhilash June 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thank you Tushar..

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PAUL February 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

i had a JAWA 1965 model, it was awesome riding it, i miss it very much, the kick and the gear shift was just superb, not forgetting the beat of idle speed , unforgetabble bike .

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Sachin June 27, 2011 at 12:22 am

Also he’s bought all his bikes’ spare parts from the factory when it was being closed so that he can ride them for a long time. What a great guy!

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Rakesh June 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

Hi abhilash a fantastic review for ever…

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Abhilash June 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Are you the one who wrote a review on YEZDI 1995 model which you own..??

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s.b June 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

for shozun and rx’s the rear wheel is changed to 16inch yezdi wheel for better grip.
even the headlight dome for many rx is changed with yezdi for better light throw. i have both these modification in my rx and iam happy about it.

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Prashant Rajoria June 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Great Abhilash … Thanks.

Reagrds,

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fas June 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Excellent write up. Goes to show you dont have to have to a superbike to be passionate :)

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LEE June 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Nice review Abilash, salutations to the collector mr.Boregowda and his son, i personally being a yezdi, jawa lover envy him. Although other models were known, oil king’s existence was new for me. thank you once again.

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Fardeen Irani June 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

Was waiting desperately about another write up for JAWA & YEZDI
This bike was famous not only because it is an Indian make, cause it won many races back in its time.
Also not sure if many do know that one can ride this bike without the need of a clutch lever as if you hold the gear leaver down or up it does the work of a clutch and you can change gears without using the hand clutch leaver, I love that feature on the bike, also that the front and back wheels are completely interchangeable.
I had a YEZDI CLASSI II had to sell it as my parents did not want me to have it, now have got a YEZDI CLASSIC MODEL B. Awsome bike

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Reeto June 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

Excellent article. I have ridden a Yezdi Roadking and found it to be a good street bike even today. I am interested in purchasing a Jawa 350cc. In case anyone wants to sell, kindly contact me on 09769433364. Cheers.

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krishna July 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

abhilash ur spreading yezdi madness allover….very good

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Parvinderjit singh jaswal September 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

It was a nice bike. I wish I can say it is a nice bike.

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anand October 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

I remember those days of early ’70s – when I was actively employed & involved in quality control & final assembly of these bikes. Mr. Farookh Irani had a strong punch for his employees always – ” look, when the bike wins the trophy, you would be the first person proudly to say that, this is the bike made in my factory where as if it gets stranded on road side, you seldom to give a glance or look ” ! His words were truthfully exemplary to motivate his men to maintain quality beyond all boundaries & parameters ! It was jawa & nothing other than JAWA ! – strangely, it was the only bike with the same size of both the wheels & many riders used to carry additional wheel (fitted to the frame instead of crash guard) for long driving – as that of spare wheel in case of scooters for any emergency !

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Mahendra Kumar February 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Is there any possibilities to get the spares for Yezdi RoadKing in Mysore, Bangalore, Coimbatore or in Chennai. If so please let me know about the location and person name and their Phone number. Thanks in advance.
My mobile number : 9840567357

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Kishore November 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Hi I am looking for spares for JAwa bikes in bangalore. Does anybody know anyone or anyplace where i can get a cylinder head for these bikes? if u have any information kindly email me at kishorebaishy@gmail.com. Thanks and regards!

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shanth December 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

i just love my jawa that s 67 modle TNM 4859 with orginial parts i love my jawa…………………………………..

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Ratheesh January 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

Hi ,

My dad owns a Jawa, 1971 model bike.
Its in bad shape and I would like to restore it.
Please suggest how to begin and what all things have to be done.

Thanks in advance,
Ratheesh

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Abhilash February 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Just don’t think much or plan much for restoration. Start off the work from disassembling the bike and u get new ideas.

Regards
Abhilash

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Shivaraj January 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Hi Abhilash,

Thanks a lot for bring out this article. Very neatly articulated. I love you interest in yezdi bikes. All the best for more articles about yezdi.

Thanks,
Shivaraj
9986016651

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shiva kasar January 17, 2012 at 2:38 am

abhilash you give awesome information about ideal java. i never seen the monarch . thanks lot to share

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kumar March 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hi, im looking 1good jawa r yezdi for very low rate if its please let me know. Thank you……..

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m.arunkumar April 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

hi, i have jawa 1963 modle i exibit my vehicle every 26th january& 15th august at jubinipark hyderabad, andhrapradesh organised by deccan heritage automobile.

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ANIRUDDHA PATWARDHAN April 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

I too am a Jawa owner since 1973.I bought the machine off showroom.The bike is still in pristine condition and it is almost original till date

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rupi May 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

any one 4 sale mate.

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varinder singh May 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

my 1972 model jawa in running condition is for sale . genuine buyers please contact 09465100700

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NagaBhushan June 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Hello mr. abhilash can i know ur contact number….? i need ask some information about jawa …. plz send me ur contact number…

Thanks,
Nagabhushan
9986510993

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Rahul Pandit August 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

Hi i have a 1960 Jawa….currently it is dead beacuse i cannot find suitable spare…Pl help me to get it to life again……I just love the sound of the bike……..Pl help……email: rsp7373@gmail.com, contact no.: +919730465153pl drop a msg as i have no access to my mobile during working hours….ill call back

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rajath October 10, 2012 at 3:39 am

Hey, evn I wantd to meet dis mahn! N I live in mysore! So if yu could ask him n leme noe his contact informtion it would be benefitial to me, thnkyu :)

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Rajendra Singh December 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Hello , Abhi, great to see you, i also love the bike i am maintaining 4 differentmodels. really supurb bike it just need love and care.

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Rajendra Singh December 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Hello every body great lovers of great bike rajendra

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Arthur Steele December 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

Some corrections…The Monarch was a single Cylinder 250cc that used the frame from the Y350. The Monarch was created to use up the frames that remained in the factory since the Y350 was deemed a failure[This was due to the problem of the Carbon brush holder in the Magneto melting and shorting out]
The Y350 used 18 inch wheels not 19 inch as stated.
You never mentioned the 175cc machine also produced by Ideal Jawa, This was easy to distuingush from the other Jawas/Yezdis as it had only a single silencer.

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Imtiaz January 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Sir,
I want to buy JAWA Motorcycle parts in Bangalore, where can I get it please help. My Mobile No. 9448267718

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rajkumar March 31, 2013 at 10:38 pm

sir i want jawa 250cc original bore

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Jiri April 2, 2013 at 4:18 am

Hi All,
I have many parts for Jawa moto if you see space for cooperation please contact me. I’m from Czech Republic and I live in Tynec nad Sazavou, it is 0,5 km from Jawa factory.
Jiri

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Jiri April 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Dears,
I have many parts for Jawa moto, if you see space for cooperation please contact me on my email: maxmatty1972@gmail.com. I’m from Czech Republic and I live in Tynec nad Sazavou, it is home city of Jawa factory.

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prabhu April 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

i want jawa (or) yamaha RD 350cc contact 9976042101

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Muhammed April 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Hi guys, I read in ths site tht normal yezdi running
on normal petrol (gasoline) doing 90kmph
in 3rd gear.I never could go above 70kmph
on 3rd.Hw iz ths possibl?Pls let me knw.
My email id mhmdbadru@gmail.com

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don dyland November 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

hi, my name i don dyland and i have severral bikes and looking for part and engines pleae end me picthurs on model 634 350 cc

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harish February 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

i am grate fan of yezdi motorcycles ………..if frm bellary karnataka

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talwinder March 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

all the biikes are fail its only the jaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaa

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Rajveer Singh March 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

I also own jawa 1978 model.its almost in too good conditon.want to restore plz sujjest me the mechenic.
Thanx
Rajveer
09772000091

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