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Jawa Motorcycles marked their return to the Indian market in November 2018, with the introduction of three new motorcycles: Jawa, Jawa 42 and Jawa Perak. Among them, the 'Jawa' and Jawa 42 were launched at Rs 1.64 lakh and Rs 1.55 lakh, respectively. Meanwhile, the Jawa Perak will be launched at a later stage for Rs 1.89 lakh; all prices being ex-showroom (Delhi).
For Jawa fans and motorcycle enthusiasts in general, the return of the iconic Czech-origin brand was a happy news. Bookings have already started and deliveries will commence in January 2019. The launch of the new Jawa motorcycles has made things even more interesting since they will be the direct rivals to the likes of Royal Enfield. Read our detailed comparison between the ‘Jawa' and Royal Enfield Classic 350 to know more.
However, the majority is still confused as to which is the best choice to make — the retro-modern Jawa 42, elegant ‘Jawa' or the stunning Perak bobber. Hence, we mention which motorcycle suits the best for whom; plus some facts and figures of each.
Click on each headline to read our detailed first look review of the Jawa motorcycle.
The Jawa 42 is the most affordable motorcycle among the three and also the most ‘retro-sporty' — if that is even the right usage. The wide handlebar, offset single-pod instrument console and the bar-end mirrors (probably an optional accessory) certainlygive it a unique charm. The performance is also decent and you can know some key stats of the Jawa 42 here.
The Jawa 42 is more suited for young riders who have a passion for classic motorcycles. It is powered by a 293cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine which makes 27bhp and 28Nm of torque. This is mated to a six-speed gearbox.
The elegant-looking ‘Jawa' is particularly special since manufacturers rarely name a product after the brand itself. The chrome highlights, monotone colour choices, the attention to detail in making it identical to the original model from the ‘70s and ‘80s; and the strong nostalgia element which it brings, make the ‘Jawa' a perfect choice for hardcore Jawa purists.
The classy styling attracts riders from all age groups, but mostly middle-agers or those who had a Jawa in the past. Powered by the same drivetrain as the Jawa 42 (check out some important facts and figures here), the ‘Jawa' has received more bookings than the entry-level 42.
At the official unveiling, it is the Jawa Perak which caught the attention of the whole audience. Not that the other Jawa models are uninspiring, but the Jawa Perak just nailed motorcycle aesthetics with its stunning bobber design. Once launched, it will be the cheapest bobber motorcycle on the market; the closest affordable one being the Triumph Bonneville Bobber.
Powering the Jawa Perak is a larger 334cc engine which churns out 30bhp and 31Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The Perak is certainly for those who do not care about practicality, but enjoy the art of riding; that too on something special. It doesn't matter if you are young or you've retired, the Jawa Perak is a special choice to make.
Thoughts On The New Jawa Models
The new ‘Jawa bikes' have been some of the most-awaited motorcycles in 2018, and enthusiasts across the country are pleased that the legends have made a return. Bookings are on a rapid rise, and you can confirm yours for Rs 5000. But before that, have you made your choice?