Buyer’s guide: Jawa and Jawa fourty two.

If you still haven’t made up your mind about buying JAWA let’s try and help you out First let’s quickly go over what your neighborhood Jawa dealership has in store for you and the moment you can buy two variants:

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  • The 42 and
  • The Jawa

Both of these motorcycles are mechanically identical and differ primarily in terms of paint trim and riding position. The 42 is the more neo retro of the two while the Jawa is just about an exact replica of the original Jawa sold in India back in the day. The Jawa of today are powered by a 293 CC, 27 HP, fuel-injected, single cylinder motor which is paired to a six-speed gearbox and they compete with the Royal Enfield classic 350, which is the motorcycle that fired up the retro motorcycle phenomenon in India. On the road the Jawa’s proved to be a treat with responsive handling that translates to a fair amount of fun the 18 17 inch wheel combination with MRF 9 low grip tires result in good cornering abilities without discounting stability and as we discovered over the first trial experience these bikes can hold their own off the road as well.

Now the new Jawa’s are designed to resemble classic motorcycles but are focused on being unintimidating and user-friendly as well both motorcycles which are a 765 MMC tile which favors riders shorter than 6 feet and with a curb weight of 170 kg. They proved to be a delight in every situation particularly at city speeds you must note that the existing seat on the Jawa is thinly padded and soft and this makes it alright for short city rides but not so capable of long highway states, thankfully Jawa has confirmed to us that it will equip the reins with an accessory comfort seat and also a backrest which should make it a better – in fact.

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On the features front Jawa originally launched the two variants with only a single channel ATS, although a twin disc dual channel ApS a quick variant is now available at an additional cost of nine thousand rupees over the existing price tags, having said that making performances up to the mark even with the rear drum setup and the rear disc and dual channel abs should only go on to make it better. Deliveries for this updated variant will only begin out with June 2019 and if you don’t mind the weight converting your existing booking can get you the dual channel abs version is well.

However you can no longer book the Jawas online because the company has recently announced that it has in fact sold out its two model range until September 2019. While you can still walk into a jawa dealership and book one, deliveries will only follow the sequence of bookings and the dealers have confirm to us that the waiting period can stretch up to eight months depending on which city you in. At present Jawa has opened a few dealerships and metros and it plans to have over a hundred operational showrooms by the middle of February 2009 theme, in the meantime the company will have to focus on ramping up production to meet demands which going by the initial search should remain consistently healthy in the time to come.


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Java will also launch the Perak bobber in the second half of 2019 which has generated a lot of interest for offering a unique proposition, at an exciting price time at one point eight nine lakh rupees ex-showroom, the single seat of perak will be the cheapest Babber to go on sale in India,with the next such motorcycle being the triumph bobber which is priced at 10.8 lakh rupees ex-showroom. The perak scores high in terms of its individualistic appeal and the scope of personalization, it offers and it should meet with reasonable success when it is launched.

For now though you can only choose from between the Java and the 42 both of which are quite involving and have ample performance on offer. Java could have done better in some aspects, namely the single pod analog speedometer that doesn’t even feature a trip meter let alone a gear position indicator and a good stock seed to begin with wouldn’t have occurred given that these bikes haven’t exactly been launched at a cut-throat price point.

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For those of you who consider the Royal Enfield classic 350 a more value for money option the math is simple while the classic gets dual channel abs at 1.53 lakh rupees. The 42 and the Java get a single channel ABS at 1.5 lakh and 1.6 4 lakh respectively for the dual channel ABS variants you pay 1.64 lakh and 1.73 lakh for the 42 and the Java respectively which makes them noticeably more expensive than the classic 350. But then Java also gets you liquid cooling a six-speed gearbox about 7 horsepower and a significantly lighter motorcycle, as well not to mention one that offers stronger performance what remains to be seen is if these motorcycles can prove themselves in the long run in the ultimate litmus test that life on the Indian roads is also crucial to our success story will be the ability of its after-sales network to live up to expectations that’s a question only time can answer and we are asking on finding out as you are.


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