Jawa bounce back with great­look­ing retro café racer

This cool-look­ing retro hits deal­ers soon priced at just £5300

MCN - - CONTENTS - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Jawa are back with a bang. Fol­low­ing the launch last year of their clas­sic road­ster 350 OHC, they have now un­veiled this Racer, a stun­ning trib­ute to their GP rac­ers from yes­ter­year. And the best bit is that it will only cost a lit­tle over £5000.

Time­less style

The Czech brand have a long his­tory in racing, dat­ing back to the 1920s, but their big­gest suc­cess came in the 1960s in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple podi­ums at the Ul­ster GP and Isle of Man TT. It’s these bike’s that they’re cel­e­brat­ing with the Racer and while it might look like it’s rolled straight out of a time ma­chine, it does fea­ture a smat­ter­ing of 21st cen­tury tech. De­spite what the name sug­gests, the Racer is ac­tu­ally pow­ered by a 397cc air-cooled sin­gle, which pro­duces 27bhp and 22ftlb of torque. It’s fuel-in­jected and comes with ABS as stan­dard (although only on the front wheel). De­spite its racer looks, it’s mod­er­ately prac­ti­cal, too. The wheel rims are al­loy, the swingarm is box-sec­tion, and the seat cowl can be re­moved to re­veal a pil­lion seat, although it looks like a some­what per­ilous perch. Jawa say that the 12-litre fuel tank is ac­tu­ally good for a 160-mile range, if you can tol­er­ate that sort of mileage in the sad­dle.

Cheap thrills

It also looks new-rider-friendly as it weighs just 160kg (dry), has nar­row seat which is just 800mm off the ground and it falls into the A2 li­cence cat­e­gory.

The only down­side is that Jawa’s com­mit­ment to au­then­tic­ity has seen them fit skinny 18in wheels, which will limit tyre op­tions to the less sticky end of the spec­trum. The real high­light though is the price, which is ex­pected to be £5295 when it ar­rives in the UK this June. It looks a se­ri­ous op­tion for some cheap Sun­day fun with­out the has­sle of own­ing a real clas­sic.

Switchgear and LCD clock panel give it away as new

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