Dual-channel ABS will be introduced in the new Jawa bikes. Currently, the bikes are available with single-channel ABS.
The new Jawa bikes - the Jawa and Jawa Forty Two - will soon be introduced with dual-channel ABS, or anti-lock brakes. The Jawa bikes already have ABS, but only single-channel, that is, only on the front wheel. The rear wheel on the bikes still comes with a conventional drum brake, and the ABS system on the Jawa bikes has been designed and developed by Continental India. The dual-channel ABS will mean even better stopping power, without any risk of the rear wheel locking up under hard braking.
We have already ridden both the Jawa and Jawa Forty Two and even with single-channel ABS, the braking on the bikes is quite satisfactory, although at ₹ 1.55 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Jawa Forty Two, and ₹ 1.64 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Jawa, dual-channel ABS should have been standard from launch, some of us feel. Nevertheless, Classic Legends Private Limited, the company behind the resurrected Jawa brand seems to want to get some market traction with these prices and then introduce the dual-channel ABS at a later date, possibly by the second half of 2019. But introducing dual-channel ABS will also mean a price increase of approximately around ₹ 10,000 on each model.
According to Government of India regulations, any two-wheeler above 125 cc engine displacement has to have anti-lock brakes (ABS), although it doesn't specify if it has to be dual-channel or single-channel ABS. So, all two-wheelers above 125 cc will have to come equipped with at least single-channel ABS from April 2019. The Jawa bikes already meet those regulation requirements with the standard front disc/single-channel ABS configuration. The introduction of dual-channel ABS will offer added safety to owners.
The new Jawa bikes are powered by a 293 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine tuned to put out 27 bhp of power and 28 Nm of peak torque. While the Jawa has classic styling, just like the 1960s two-stroke 350 cc Jawa, the new Jawa Forty Two has a slightly more modern take with blacked out front forks and handlebar, and a different headlight, and front fender design.