To give you an idea of what this tribe protected, we bring you an example from 1964 maintained with more than enough love and care. The 1964 Jawa 250 belongs to Vishal Agarwal who is an avid collector of rare bikes. Vishal owns a 1964 Vespa, BSA Bond 50, silver Yamaha RD350 and the Rajdoot GTS among others.
One look at the motorcycle and you would notice its clean paint job and bodywork. The bike came back to its original grandeur nearly nine years ago, and shines like it was rolled out of the plant this morning.
All the stock bodywork has been retained, and thus you would find the original front fender with a retro-style number plate. The stock green paint is complemented by the chrome highlights and gold stripes that run across the body.
The headlight continues to feature the chrome mask while a single-pod instrument console follows the primary illuminator. The dual tone fuel tank includes the green body paint harmonised with chrome sides. The saddle is a single-piece unit with a slight hump in the centre to differentiate between the rider and the pillion space. A pillion grab rail follows the seat. The rear of the motorcycle gets a small light along with the number plate and a reflector.
The hardware is standard, and the motorcycle rides on wire-spoke wheels. Shock absorbing tasks are performed by conventional telescopic forks at the front and twin sided springs at the back. Drum brakes on both the ends perform anchoring tasks. The 249 cc, single cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled engine delivers 14 hp of power at 4,750 rpm and 21 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a four-speed transmission.
Comparing the 1964 model to the motorcycles that were launched in India on November 15 goes to show how fastidious Classic Legends have been to the original styling while bringing back the icon. The retro styling is accompanied by modern hardware that includes a BS-VI ready engine, disc brake at the front and a single-channel ABS.