This is the Yezdi bike that stops the Bullet from speaking – in films it was called ‘Kali Ghodi’..

Desk : Royal Enfield is considered number one when it comes to off-roading and powerful motorcycles in the Indian market. The bike of the company, which comes with retro look, is the choice of people of all ages, from youth to youth. But if we talk about the olden days, Yezdi motorbikes used to be the first choice of everyone. There was a time when Yezdi motorcycles were used in many movies as well. This bike was named as ‘Kali Ghodi’ in the 1981 film ‘Chashme Baddoor’. However, after some time this bike also had to say goodbye from the Indian market. Let us understand the complete history of this bike.

Yezdi entry in India

The Yezdi bike was introduced in the Indian market in the 1960s. It was made by Zava company. The entry of Zava company in India was through King Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar of Mysore and Parsi businessman Rustom Irani. A motorcycle company was formed in Mysore called Ideal Zava (India) Limited, which sold motorcycles under the brand name Jawa in 1960 and Yezdi from 1973.

The company launched its first bike in the name of ‘Jawa 250- Type 353’, which created a buzz as soon as it arrived. After this, 2 more bikes were launched namely Zava 50, Zava 50 Type 555. After gaining ground, Jawa launched the first bike named Yezdi, ‘Yezdi JET 60’. There was no one to compete with these bikes of the company for almost 3 decades.

In the year 1973, the license of the Java company expired. In such a situation, Rustam Irani got the company registered under the name Yezdi. However, after the year 1990, many new models came in the market and the sales of Yezdi decreased. The last bike of the company was brought in the year 1996. In the same year the company also had to be closed.

Sushil Tiwari

Sushil Tiwari is Content researcher for Sports section on

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