Inspired by Jawa Six Days Trial machines…
In 1929, Czech armament engineer František Janeček decided to transform a former arms factory in Prague into a motorcycle manufacturing company, purchasing the motorcycle division of the Germany company Wanderer in order to utilize their 500cc four-stroke engine. The resulting company was named JAWA or Jawa — a combination of Janeček and Wanderer.
Throughout the ensuing decades, Jawa became the most active Eastern European manufacturer in racing, and Jawa motorcycles earned a fearsome reputation in flat track, ice racing, motocross, enduro, and most notably speedway. In 2018, Jawa Moto was resurrected by Classic Legends, a division of Indian giant Mahindra, with two models in current production: the classic Jawa and the more modern Jawa Forty Two, featuring a 293cc four-stroke single cylinder engine.
Recently, Classic Legend commissioned Autologue Design, India’s largest custom accessory manufacturer, to build the first-ever custom scrambler on the new Jawa platform. Appropriately enough, Autologue Design decided to take their inspiration from the Jawa ISDT of the 1960s, when the Czech machines dominated the Six Day Trials:
“We decided to take inspiration from the ISDT (Six Day Trials) Jawa CZ. The paint scheme, the raised exhausts overall feel were all inspired from there.”
Below, we get the full story on this new chapter in Jawa history, along with a stunning deck of photos from Gaurav Bose (@reckless_machines).
Autologue Scrambler 42: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Autologue Design started in 2013 with an intention with the idea to give bolt on options for enthusiasts in terms of kits and accessories. Six years in, we are now the largest and only mass production custom accessory manufacturer in the country with over 300 products and 10,000 kitted customers.
We try and stick to kits and accessories but every now and then we take up a custom job that helps us showcase our prototyping capability. The scrambler 42 was one such project.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Jawa is an iconic brand with lots of memories in the minds of Indian enthusiasts, so when Jawa was bought and reborn with Mahindra, it was a huge reason to be excited for us all. The bike is the Jawa 42 , the more modern of the two models launched. We chose the 42 because if anyone had to customise a Jawa, from the two, he would most likely pick the 42 considering the Jawa Jawa is based on the retro Jawa and people would most likely keep that the way it came.
• Why was this bike built?
On the 1st of July we got a call from Classic Legends, the company behind Jawa’s revival, and were super thrilled to know that they wanted us to build the first custom on the Jawa platform as a scrambler. The build was to be showcased at Bangalore for the International Jawa Day event with over 500 Jawa bikes turning up.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
We decided to take inspiration from the ISDT (Six Day Trials ) Jawa CZ. The paint scheme, the raised exhausts overall feel were all inspired from there.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
- Free flow air filter
- Remoulded side panels to accommodate new exhaust and plate on the side.
- SS waterjet headlamp plate with headlamp integrated ISDT Jawa inspired
- Removed front suspension cover
- Waterjet Ss New brackets
- Fork boots
- Custom dirt styled fender inspired from the CZs
- Rear fender custom scrambler style
- New headers for the shorter exhaust
- Rear footrest removal
- Next bracket Jawa inspired waterjet SS
- Jawa inspired waterjet Ss Exhaust shield
- Waterjet ss Badges
- Paint job
- Engine detailing
- Aluminium custom chain cover
- New seat
- Speedo cover
- New headlamp and taillamp
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
Overall we built the bike in six working days and are super proud of how the Scrambler 42 turned out. She’s been all over the news here getting a lot of attention. Video of the build is on its way and we are super proud of the build time and what we managed to pull off in the time we had.
Gaurav Bose: @reckless_machines