Jawa has released a TVC for its least priced motorcycle in the Indian market – the 42. The Jawa 42 has been priced at Rs. 1.55 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, pitting it directly against the Royal Enfield Classic 350. You can watch the TVC here.
The Jawa 42 shares its mechanicals will the other motorcycle that the brand has launched in India – the Jawa. Both motorcycles are powered by a 293cc, four stroke single cylinder engine. This motor puts out 27 Bhp of peak power and 28 Nm of peak torque. Liquid cooling and fuel injection are standard and so is a four valve head that operates through twin overhead camshafts. This engine is based on the Mahindra Mojo’s 295cc single but has seen various engineering and design changes to suit the Jawa brand.
Firstly, Mahindra has gotten a foreign engine designer to work on increasing the low end torque. This has been done in order to recreate the appeal of original Jawas, which had copious amounts of low end torque. Secondly, the design of the engine sees a distinct retro appeal, again in order to stay true to the looks of the two stroke motors that Jawas came with. This is the reason why the liquid cooled engine that displaces less than 300cc looks like a 500cc engine from the outside. Buyers won’t be complaining at all.
Coming to the other changes on the Jawa 42 compared to the Jawa, the motorcycle gets a different fuel tank, headlamp and instrument cluster. There is an absence of chrome from most body parts, and this is a way that Mahindra has reduced the overall cost of the motorcycle. Cycle parts are similar to that on the Jawa.
The Jawa 42 features conventional, telescopic front forks and twin gas charged shock absorbers at the rear. Spoked steel wheels are standard with the front wheel getting a disc brake while the rear wheel gets a 153mm drum brake. Single channel ABS is standard.
Jawa has begun dispatching display motorcycles to its dealerships across India. By the beginning of December, test rides of the motorcycles will begin. While bookings are already open, actual deliveries of the Jawa and Jawa 42 will begin from early 2019.
The Jawa 42 will go up against the Royal Enfield Classic 350 range. While the Classic 350 has the advantage of being around in the market for much longer, it’s now quite a common sight on Indian roads. The Jawa 42 has the advantage of freshness. Also, it’s a lot more powerful and mechanically advanced. The Classic 350 continues to offer an old school 346cc, four stroke engine with 19.8 Bhp-28 Nm, and a 5 speed manual gearbox. However, dual channel ABS is one feature that puts the Classic at an advantage over the Jawa 42 in terms of safety.