It was a heady mix of petrol fumes, burning rubber, shining chrome and unbridled energy as over 30 bikers recently got together to celebrate the 9th International Yezdi-Jawa Day here on Mangalore today (10 July, 2011).
The long forgotten giant on roads, the classic automobile of the 60‘s , the Jawa yezdi is got a rebirth this Sunday as Mangalore Jawa Yezdi motoring club as organized a rally in the city. Jawa owners worldwide celebrate their proud ownership on the second Sunday of July every year.
Jawa yezdi clubs formed all across the country and the main intention behind it is to create awareness about the bike, which was introduced in Mysore. The biggest club of them all is the Bangalore club consisting of around 600 proud owners.
The Mangalore Jawa and Yezdi Motorcycle Club has members from all walks of life, from students and professors to IT professionals, doctors and engineers who share their common love for motorcycles, whether they own one or not.
Royal Enfield bullet and Jawa Yezdi were the two motorbikes that ruled the roads of India from 60’s to 80‘s. They lost the edge in the market when new advanced model came. Criticizers say it had a bad mileage, emission, and spare parts are hard to find. This is when the Jawa Yezdi motoring clubs came up. Since the parts were so hard find people who had Yezdi gathered and exchanged parts and kept the vintage bike alive. However, the Yezdi, one of the few bikes from yesteryears is still cherished by the younger generation that takes pride in owning it.
Jawa is a motorcycle manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, founded in 1923 by Frantisek Janecek. The company set up its manufacturing unit in India in collaboration with a local company in 1961.
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