The event was conducted on 15 July 2019 in Bengaluru
- The event saw the participation of vintage Jawas, some even dating back to the 1930s!
- A reassembling challenge and an award ceremony was also conducted on the premises.
- Every year the second of July is celebrated as Jawa day in India.
Every year in the second week of July, motorcycling enthusiasts across India gather around to celebrate the national Jawa day. This year was no different, when over 700 Jawa and Yezdi motorcycles of the Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club (BJYMC) rode in at St Joseph’s Indian High School grounds to commemorate the 17th year of the event.
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It must’ve been a sight to witness the Yezdis of yesteryears and Jawas of today collectively on display at one single venue. The star of the attraction included rare Jaw motorcycles from the 30s to 90s and even some imported models such as Jawa 350cc Twin, 50cc Jawa Jet, 125cc CZ, Jawa Perak, Cezeta scooter and more. Speaking of the motorcycles, Autologue Design recently showcased a Jawa-based scrambler!
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Apart from all this, events such as resembling a Yezdi Roadking in under 4 hours and an award ceremony was also conducted. And yes, we too are kicking ourself for missing out on it.
Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club (BJYMC) celebrates 17th International Jawa Day in Bengaluru
Bengaluru, July 15, 2019 – Bengaluru witnessed a carnival of classic motorcycles on Sunday when over 700 classic Jawas and Yezdis congregated under the aegis of the Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Club (BJYMC) to celebrate International Jawa Day at St Joseph’s Indian High School grounds, opp UB City, Bengaluru. The celebrations now in its 17th year saw participation from both classic as well as the new range of Jawas and Yezdis of yesteryears all maintained in pristine conditions.
BJYMC the largest club for Jawa & Yezdi bikes in India celebrates International Jawa Day every year amidst much bonhomie and fanfare and this year too almost all the Jawa models which once rolled out from the Ideal Jawa factory in Mysore were on display. The masculine and rugged bikes with the famous tagline - "Forever Bike, Forever Value" - filled the morning air with the typical sound and smoke of two-stroke motorcycles.
The event which kicked off at 7.30 am saw enthusiastic participation from yesteryear champion motorcyclists like CK Chinnappa, Somendar Singh (veteran racer from Mysore), Dr Ravi Prakash, President of FHVI, Ravi Thirumalai, who was a Jawa company racer, octogenarian biker R Chakravarty, renowned auto journalist Adil Jal Darukhanawala and riders from Hell’s Angels.
The star attraction of this year’s celebrations was the never before attempted feat of reassembling a Yezdi Roadking in under 4 hours. The 250cc, 16bhp Roadking was one of the most popular Yezdis known for its simplistic and clear-cut design and advanced technology and had won several Indian rallies and road races. Hence, it was no surprise that the members of BJYMC chose this model to showcase the feat.
The vintage machines and their riders enthralled the rivetted onlookers with their skill and nimble performance on a motocross track specially created to test the mettle of these classic bikes.
Roshan Kamat, core committee member, BJYMC said "It's really amazing to see youngsters picking up the new Jawa and enthusiastically attending the Jawa Day. We had envisioned this event to become a celebration along with the family members of the owners. We feel proud to have achieved it this year to a certain extent."
Another attraction was a special display of 15 rare Jawas and Yezdis from the 1930s to 1990s and 3 custom made Jawas. Some of these included the imported Jawa 350cc Twin, 50cc Jawa Jet, 125cc CZ, Jawa Perak, Cezeta scooter among others. Maintained painstakingly through all the years, these gleaming monsters were the pride and joy of their owners and they were seen animatedly sharing stories and anecdotes with visitors at the fair.
The day concluded with an award ceremony felicitating the best in show motorcycles. The categories included Mile Muncher Award which was felicitated for longest ride in one year. The other award was for track event best timing which was given to the rider who finished the obstacle course fastest on the bike.