Jawa Forty-Two modified into a practical touring motorcycle

The Jawa Forty-Two and the Jawa Classic have helped re-establish the Jawa brand and the iconic name is back with a bang. The bikes have received a pretty good response from the buyers and enthusiasts alike. The Jawa Forty-Two, in particular, has gained quite a lot of popularity. As with every new bike that becomes a hit in the market, aftermarket accessories and modifications for the Jawa motorcycles have started rolling out in plenty. Apart from the official accessories offered by Jawa, we have seen a couple of Jawa Forty-Two bikes that have been equipped with aftermarket accessories and look quite good. The video below by HDT Customs shows a Jawa Forty-Two motorcycle that has been equipped with custom touring accessories to enhance its practicality and comfort during long rides.

Finished in Nebula blue, this bike already looks quite good but with all that kit installed on it, its practicality has gone a few notches up. Talking about the changes made on the bike, there have been no extensive modifications or other performance upgrades done on this bike. Rather, the focus was on creating a tourer styled bike that perfectly maintains the original Jawa Forty-Two DNA in it.

The first thing that has been revamped here is the saddle. For touring bikes the saddle/seat needs to be quite comfy in order to avoid rider fatigue. A custom seat, therefore, has been installed on the bike that is well padded and even gets a backrest for the pillion rider. The next change, or better say addition, are those big panniers that have been mounted on custom made pannier mounts. The owner of this bike also owns a Royal Enfield Himalayan which had the same panniers mounted on it and hence he wanted the Jawa to sport similar mounts so that the panniers can easily be swapped as per the need.


Moving on, the bike has been installed with a large windscreen on the front to take care of windblasts at high speeds. Further, the handlebar has been replaced with a wide cruiser styled unit that enhances comfort during long rides. Both of these components have been picked from a UM Renegade Commando motorcycle and then fitted here. Completing the whole package are auxiliary lights which provide enhanced illumination at dark.

Talking about the Jawa Forty-Two, it is powered by 293cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 27 Bhp and peak torque of 28 Nm. It is the highly modified version of the engine powering the Mahindra Mojo and incorporates quite a few modern engineering features when compared to the Royal Enfield Classic’s engine. Jawa Forty-Two with single-channel ABS is priced at Rs. 1.55 lakh. The dual-channel version costs Rs 1.64 lakh.