Jawa 350 OHC revealed

Published: 09 May 2017

Czech motorcycle company Jawa have introduced a new bike powered by a 350cc single-cylinder engine, dubbed the 350 OHC.

The model uses a copy of the Honda XR400 engine built by Chinese firm Shineray but with fuel injection. The engine produces 26bhp and 23ftlb of torque, with a claimed top speed of 74mph. The new model now gets fuel injection, and becomes the first Jawa to come with ABS. As you'd expect for a new 2017 bike the 350 OHC is Euro4 compliant.

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Weight is kept relatively low at 154kg, and the bike will be able to hold 17 litres of fuel. Braking is provided by a single 305mm disc at the front, and a 160mm drum brake at the rear.

Jawa is now owned by Indian giant Mahindra, who purchased the Czech brand at the same time they purchased BSA, so Jawa could be making a return to the Indian market to do battle with Royal Enfield. Jawa has a illustrious history with India, and they were among the most desired bikes in the 1970s and 1980s before they closed the Karnataka factory in 1996.

The 350 OHC has a certain retro appeal, although it's not far from the Jawa and CZ models of old. No word so far on availability in the UK.

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