Classic Legends, a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, launched the new Jawa and Jawa Forty-Two for the Indian market on November 15. The Jawa Forty-Two will be available in six colours – Galactic Green, Halley’s Teal, Lumos Lime, Starlight Blue, Comet Red and Nebula Blue.
At the launch, Classic Legends displayed the motorcycle in the Lumos Lime colour option. Now we stumbled upon the Galactic Green and Halley’s Teal colour variants of the bike. The Halley’s Teal appears to be a white only because of the bright light.
The Jawa Forty-Two was launched in India at an ex-showroom price tag of INR 1.55 lakh*. Bookings of the motorcycle have commenced while the deliveries start in January 2019. The Forty-Two is the most affordable Jawa motorcycle in India, followed by the Jawa at INR 1.64 lakh* and the Jawa Perak bobber that will arrive at INR 1.89 lakh*.
The Jawa and the Forty-Two are built around the same double-cradle chassis but feature slightly different rider’s triangle. Moreover, while the Forty-Two retains the classic styling, it misses on a dual-tone fuel tank that is seen on the Jawa. Chrome finished bodywork includes headlight mask, fuel filler cap, engine sides, dual-sided exhausts and wire-spoke wheels. Conventional telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers at the rear are identical to the Jawa.
Mechanical specifications include the same 293cc motor that powers the Jawa. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-valve, BS-VI compliant, fuel-injected engine produces maximum power of 27 bhp and a peak torque of 28 Nm. Stopping power comes from a disc brake at the front and a drum unit at the rear. The safety net of single-channel ABS unit comes standard.
The new Jawa Forty-Two would compete against the 350 cc motorcycles from the Royal Enfield portfolio. The Jawa range has an advantage in performance as the 346 cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, Twinspark, air-cooled engine on Royal Enfield motorcycles delivers 19.8 bhp of maximum power. The Jawa also enjoys a weight advantage as compared to a Classic 350 (170 kg vs 192 kg kerb weight).
Bookings for the Jawa and the Jawa Forty-Two have commenced for a token amount of INR 5,000. Currently, reservations are open on Jawa’s website while showrooms would start operations in December 2018.