Jawa, Jawa 42 and Perak: What’s Different?

Published On Nov 19, 2018 By for Jawa 300 at Gaadi.com

While teasing us with various pics and videos for months, Classic Legends have finally showcased their complete lineup. It consists of the Jawa, Jawa 42 and Perak. With 3 different motorcycles, Jawa Motorcycles now is able to offer the customer with more options to choose from. So, how are the bikes different from one another? Let's find out.


Jawa, that is simply the name of the first bike. Reason being the first Jawa launched back in India during the 70’s was called the Jawa too! And why shouldn't it? It draws a striking resemblance to the original Jawa bike from the 70s. The fuel filler cap and the horn which sits in between the front fork all subtly say attention to detail. Even the dome-shaped headlamp that extends to cover the front forks, is reminiscent to the classic old Jawa. Even the nostalgic maroon paint scheme with better-finished chrome elements has been carried over as well. The old-school instrument console, easy to reach handlebars, and vintage-style fenders all add to the classic feel of the bike. Gold pinstripes on the fenders, headlight and tank, engraved lettering on the fuel filler cap, finer details like this give integrity to the bike.

Even the engine is a work of art and looks beautiful gleaming in chrome. This Mojo-derived 293cc, BSVI-compliant, liquid-cooled, single cylinder motor has been completely reworked. It produces 27PS of power with 28Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed transmission.

Taking a cue from the original bike, the forks up front in this new bike is neatly hidden away by the forks covers. But the rear gets a modern touch with 5-step preload adjustable gas-charged twin shock absorber setup. Even the brakes get an update with the disc brake with single channel ABS. But the rear still has the drum brake to keep costs down. New Jawa rides on MRF Nylogrip tyres with 18-inch on front and a 17-inch on the rear. This retro classic bike comes at an attractive price of Rs 1.65 lakh.

Jawa 42

Jawa 42, on the other hand, is an offbeat version of the Java. This retro modern bike with a different front-end design with a flatter handlebar will appeal to younger buyers. Paired with black bar-end mirrors and an offset instrument console with the same readouts, it sure looks sharp. It also gets blackened front fork covers, grab-rails, and a short front fender. Compared to the Jawa which offers a relaxed riding posture, riding the Jawa 42 is more aggressive thanks to the low-set handlebars. Jawa 42 is available in a choice of six colours: teal, green, blue (which come in a matte finish) and lime, nebula blue and red (in metallic). Cheaper than the Jawa by Rs 10,000, the Jawa 42 costs Rs 1.55 lakh. 

Jawa Perak

Best of the entire lot is the Jawa Perak and was the showstopper for the event. Everyone just wanted a feel of the custom bobber. Although Perak’s front end looks similar to the Jawa, it really manages to grab eyeballs with its wicked grey matt paint and blacked-out elements. The Perak looks completely different from the classic Jawa due to the bobber styling at the rear half. Similar to the Triumph Bonneville Bobber, the Perak has a monoshock linked to a 'swing cage' swingarm with a single tan seat atop it. Instead of the stock MRF tyres, the bike rolls on stickier Pirelli tyres. Rear disc brake coupled with dual-channel ABS also provides extra and safe braking power. 

A more powerful and slightly bigger, 334cc, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine is seen on the Perak. This motor produces 30PS of power and 31Nm of torque. According to the info provided by the company, the bike gets a bigger bore but retains the stroke which translates to the increase in power. But you will have to wait for a while to get your hands on the bike as it is still in development. The price tag for this bike has been revealed at Rs 1.89 lakh (all ex-showroom Delhi).

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