Media Article On International Jawa Day By The Tribune

Title: Wheel Of Fortune               Date : JULY 12 , 2010               Author :Jasmine Singh

And now some insight into 'why they love this old model.' "Simple, I have my emotions attached to this bike, like other people who attach sentimental value to other things," says Harpreet as he recalls the time when he used to sit pillion on the Jawa bike with his father riding it. Harpreet also feels that though the production of the bikes has stopped in India, it still promises to be a maintenance free machine. "It is the only bike with double clutch, a twin silencer and the same power kickstart and gear lever. I don't talk 19 to dozen about the bike for no reason. We want Jawa owners from the city and nearby regions to know more about the maintenance of the bike, and people to develop interest in the wonderful machine."

Standing in a macho style, nearly 20 motorcycles from 1950s to 1990s were on display by the club to celebrate Jawa Day. People from Morinda, and other places from Punjab, including the tricity, lined up along with their prized possessions.

Navdeep Sharma, senior sales executive with HBL Power Systems Limited shows his Yedzi 95 model. "In comparison to Bullet this is a low maintenance bike. There are more than 80 Jawa Yedzi clubs across India, most of them placed in Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore." Navdeep has a collection of other vintage machines as well-a Lambretta, an old Luna, Thunderbird bike is some of the stuff in his collectors edition. "Lambretta is very popular in Europe. It sells for somewhere between Rs1-2 lakh. Same is the case with Jawa, that can be bought for Rs 50,000- 1 lakh depending on the condition."

Is someone telling us about the sourcing of spare parts, now that the machine is no longer in production! Baldev Singh with his Jawa Yezdi is thrilled to be with the club. He works only on Jawa bikes, and now he is hopeful of getting more work. Adds Harpreet, "it is easy to get spare parts from Delhi, Mysore, Patiala. In case of a major requirement like that of an engine, then one needs to scout more explicitly," he laughs.