Ever since the Jawa brand made a comeback to the Indian market last year, it has attracted a lot of attention in the market. The comeback of the brand after 25 years puts it directly against the Royal Enfield brand, which has been enjoying the market share along for a long time now. Jawa currently offers only two motorcycles in the market – Jawa and Jawa 42 but both of them use the same chassis and engine. In comparison to Royal Enfield 350 and 500 series, the engine powering the Jawa bikes is very different and much more advanced. Since both the Jawa bikes are powered by a 293cc, single-cylinder engine, on paper, they take on the Royal Enfield 350 series. Both Jawa and Jawa 42 offer much more power than the Royal Enfield 350 series. But the torque output of the Royal Enfield bike is same as the Jawa bikes. How do they both compare when it comes to acceleration? Well, here is a drag race to show you just that.
The video by Footloose Dev shows a drag race and then detailed comparison between both the bikes. While we have compared both the bikes quite a lot in the past, this is the first time that a new Jawa and a Royal Enfield are doing a race against each other. The video shows the drag race shot on a public road. Even though the road is empty, public roads can be unpredictable and anything can come on the way unannounced. It is always better to do such acceleration tests in controlled environments like a race track or a closed road. Nonetheless, this video is just to indicate the difference in acceleration between the two bikes.
The video shows Jawa 42 winning by a massive margin in the drag race. Looking at the specifications, the Jawa 42 gets powered by a 293cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 27 Bhp and peak torque of 28 Nm. It gets a 6-speed transmission. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signals is powered by 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 19.8 Bhp and peak torque of 28 Nm. It gets a 5-speed transmission as standard. The Royal Enfield engine is differently built when compared to the Jawa’s engine. Since it is a long-stroke engine, the engine characteristics are different. The Royal Enfield engine revs at a lower RPM and generates peak torque at a much lower RPM than the Jawa engine.
Also, the Jawa gets 6-speed transmission, which means that the first gear of the bike is a lower ratio than the Royal Enfield 350. The lower ratio gear ensures a quicker pickup. However, the Royal Enfield’s torque-oozing engine ensures minimal gear changes in the traffic. Both the bikes have their own pros and cons but comparing solely the speed and acceleration of both the bikes, the Jawa comes out to be a winner.