Jawa 350 Classic Solo

 

 

 

 

Make Model.

Jawa 350 Classic Solo

Year

2014

Engine

Two stroke, twin cylinder

Capacity

343.5 cc / 21.0 cu in
Bore x Stroke 58 x 65 mm
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Cooling System Air cooled

Lubrication

Automatic pumped 2-stroke

Ignition 

Electronic

Starting

Electric and kick

Max Power

17 kW / 23 hp @ 5250 rpm

Max Torque

32 Nm / 3.3 kgf / 23.6 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm

Transmission

4 Speed

Final Drive

Chain

Front Suspension

Hydraulic telescopic forks

Rear Suspension

Twin shocks

Front Brakes

Single Ø265 mm disc

Rear Brakes

Ø160 mm Drum

Front Tyre

3.25 -18"

Rear Tyre

3.50 -18"
Dimensions Length: 2080 mm / 81.9 in
Wheelbase 1370 mm / 53.9 in
Seat Height 820 mm / 32 in

Dry Weight

149 kg / 327 lb

Fuel Capacity 

17 L / 4.5 US gal

Reserve Capacity 

2.8 L / 0.74 US gal

Average consumption

4.7 L/100 km / 21.2 km/l / 50 US mpg
Top Speed 124 km/h / 77 mph
Review MCN

The Jawa 350 Classic is back and better than ever. Most 2-strokes are peaky, revvy and hard to keep in the power band. Jawa have never been like other 2-strokes and they still aren't. They are built to produce torque. Relaxing and comfortable to ride with a big bike feel, but still narrow and light enough to filter through city traffic. Away from the city they have enough go for long distance touring. Straight forward servicing , and low cost spares make these the ideal all rounder.

Twin shocks, four gears and a dead simple 350cc two-stroke twin – the Jawa is back. For those who don’t know, the Czech-made Jawa has been around nearly as long as Royal Enfield’s Bullet, and now you can buy one in the UK again.

It’s not quite as retro as a Bullet – I’d say 1983 rather than ’53 – and now comes with a few radical updates like electric start, front disc brake and even a digital dash.

Hop on board, flip on the manual choke and the Jawa 350 starts on the button. But if you want to go for the full ‘old school’ experience, push in the gearlever (which doubles as a kickstart) and kick it into life. Ring-ding-ding is the result, but this is no RD250.    

The Jawa is tuned for torque rather than power, and with just 23bhp to haul 149kg, it’s not exactly a blast from the past – whack open the twistgrip at 40mph in top, and not much happens apart from induction roar.

Lolloping along Oxfordshire country lanes, at 50-55mph, the soft long-travel forks and rear shocks soaking up the bumps, was easy, laid-back fun.

Out on the M40, the Jawa loses some of its charm – over 60mph, the footrests vibrate and the mirrors blur, though if you can stand that the bike will happily hold 65-70, with a top speed of 77mph.  

Back on the twisties, the Jawa feels light and slim enough to throw around. The tyres (Czech-made Mitas) look like a throwback to the 1960s, but they work well enough, and the front disc plus four-pot caliper is very powerful – in fact it’s actually a bit too sharp for the bike’s performance.

The Jawa is a bit crude in some ways, but it’s an honest bike at a good price, with practical points like fork gaiters plus an enclosed rear chain. And idiosyncratic extras include a sidecar or a monowheel trailer. This or a Chinese 250? You decide.