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After more than four months of waiting time, Jawa has finally delivered my motorbike on 7th April. And as soon as I got it, I realized one thing “the wait was worth it”. The looks, the technical specifications, and the emotion behind riding a legendary motorbike, coupled with the fact that I was among the first few customers in India owning a Jawa was a great feeling altogether. Call me a fool prejudiced Jawa owner, and I will take no shame!
But let’s be honest, when I booked my Jawa 42 on the first day of its launch, on November 15, I had no idea about what to expect out of it. Though I knew that Jawa has a fair understanding of the Indian market, for it was a popular choice back in the days (I am talking about the time of Yezdi). To make the decision even tougher, there were no company dealerships in the entire country. All I had was a website, an official video and a few pictures to decide. But then, I knew that Jawa is at least working with a name that has a long history and a work culture that we, at least in India, cannot disregard. Yes, I am talking about Mahindra (those who don’t know, Jawa is operating with a joint venture with Mahindra this time).
So yea, that was what I was dealing with at the time of booking the new Jawa. And I booked a Jawa 42, in comet red color.
How Long Did It Take For Jawa To Deliver My Motorbike
In three words: SURPRISINGLY LONG ENOUGH!
The company promised that they will start the delivery of Jawa classic and Jawa 42 in March and their dealerships will be open by December 15. Both the things got delayed. Dealerships in Delhi NCR were still opening in the month of February, and the delivery of motorbikes never happened in March, at least not in Delhi NCR. In short, everything worked with an Indian sense of time and commitment.
When March came, I was assured (at least thrice in that month) that being the first customer of my dealership in Delhi NCR region, I will get my bike in the month of March itself. But March turned out into April and I, at last, got it on 7th April (it was ready on 6th, but I picked it on 7th).
But a regular touch with the company’s marketing team was a regular assurance. See, the lively in-store team of Jawa Faridabad Ownership below (lol!).
My Experience Of Getting A Jawa
Since it’s a new company I understand that ‘cutting the red tape’ can become challenging. There are government norms especially when we have the Indian government to deal with.
So as far as my Jawa ownership experience is concerned (being the first few customers in India, and the first one from my dealership in Delhi NCR) I have no complaints. Of course, the ever-delaying delivery time was a little agitating at times, but in the end, if I am getting a product that makes my heart smile, I am happy. I mean I would prefer a few weeks of extra waiting time (even if it’s tiring) and get the right product then get it early and regret forever.
And so far from what I’ve experienced, out of the 150km ride that I’ve done in the previous three days, I know that this motorbike is here to stay. It is meant to impress!!!
When Are You Going To Get Your Jawa Motorcycle
As a journalist (of a different kind) I cannot help my habit of gaining insider news. Though this isn’t something unique or undercover, but useful for those who are still waiting for their Jawa motorcycle’s delivery. So let’s get into technicalities…
Speaking of the delivery time for Jawa motorcycles, the company is following the First-In-First-Out method of inventory (also known as FIFO system). According to this, every delivery will be decided as per its booking date. Those who booked early are going to get it first than those who booked later, following a fair sequence order. Having said that, one thing is sure, those who have booked their Jawa online are going to get it first before those who booked through a dealership.
And so far (by the first week of April) some dealerships have delivered one motorbike, and some have delivered nothing. It will, moreover, be hard to guess the confirmed delivery date, but for an idea, let me tell you that some dealerships have as long as 8 months as their waiting time. Speaking of mine, I got the delivery of Jawa42 in 4 months and 23 days to be precise. This was when the company had just a few bookings ahead of mine (as I booked it on day 1 of its launch and in just a few hours after the payment link on their website went live!).
The Response So Far: How Many Jawa Bikes Have Been Booked
Well, that’s a personal question you are asking about Jawa, but my journalist self has an answer for you. According to one dealership, their figures had already reached over 500 bookings (most of which happen to be the Jawa 42) until April 5. And that’s just one out of 100+ dealerships across the country.
Naturally, the number is going to escalate now that the motorbikes are on the road and people like me are super happy to own one, excited to write more about their Jawa experience. And speaking of my two days of experience riding JAWA in and around New Delhi area, I don’t think there could be a better investment. I won’t swap my Jawa 42 with anything else out there, at least for now! Let’s see what I’ll have to say about it in a few weeks or months as I will take it to the mountains.
Ownership Details: What Accessories You Are Getting
To be honest, if you always thought that Royal Enfield was good with marketing and selling their merchandise, be warned that Jawa is better!
Below is the picture of the Jawa 42 with ex-showroom accessories. It has an engine, a seat and a side-stand, and that’s all. Well, not literally, but you get the idea!
When I saw my Jawa 42 the first time my biggest disappointment was that it didn’t come with the handle-bar side mirrors (whatever you call them) – the ones that are shown on Jawa’s website and all official promotional videos. Having said that, you are getting the same old boring traditional mirrors mounted in the center of the handlebar. If, however, you want the fancy ones, you need to buy them. It’s an add-on accessory.
If this surprises you, what can be more surprising is the fact that your new Jawa won’t even crash-guards. Did you say, crash-guards is a basic necessity you may need to protect your legs? Well then buy it. You aren’t getting it for free!
Other add on accessories and merchandise that you will find in your Jawa store includes T-shirts, helmets, backrest, saddlebags and so on. Their prices aren’t out yet and you cannot buy them at this moment (as per 9 April when I visited my Jawa store) but soon!
My Experience: How Do I Rate The Product
As I said it earlier, I won’t change my Jawa 42 for anything else in the world (at least not now) because I am that impressed by it. Its looks, its specifications, everything is better than its much-hyped Indian competitor, as I’ve personally found. Its engine and technical specifications are also comparatively much impressive and reliable, and since all that information available abundantly online, we aren’t talking about the specifications here.
What’s better is, it’s lightweight, easy to maneuver and comes with 6000 Km service window – giving a good time frame to people like me who often like redefining the definition of Wanderer.
Speaking of the wanderer, have I mentioned that Jawa’s WA suffix stands for the word Wanderer? Well, that’s another reason to buy a Jawa. If only, of course, you fit in the description!
Source: FootLoose Dev