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JAWA Fourty-Two | Review

The name JAWA makes me picture a rider on the sleek JAWA cruiser motorbike, wearing a leather jacket and boots and a steel bucket helmet. JAWA definitely has a hold of its image among its buyers and the viewers. JAWA bikes were originally globally manufactured for racing purposes. In the recent years, after it entered the Indian market, JAWA as a brand has had a strong neck to neck competition against the reigning cruiser bike; Royal Enfield. Regardless, the JAWA classic bikes have different fan following in every market it steps into.

JAWA 42’s entire look revolves around the modern retro design. Almost all JAWA bikes have that classic retro elongated design, alongside a modern element. The JAWA 42 definitely inherits the design of its siblings but with additional sporty changes. To maintain the “Retro feel” the headlamps have a circular halogen yellow toned bulb. Wide positioned handlebars and the side mirrors placed at the edge of those handlebars look divine. A small, compact yet practical simple analog instrument cluster placed to the right of the rider's view has a small digital odometer, speedometer and fuel indicator. From the Fuel gauge cover to the handlebars , the JAWA stamp is visible.

One can sport the new cushioned seats that are softer and more comfortable than its previous model.

The Pillion seat might seem to look a tad bit small and uncomfortable but a JAWA cruiser would suit a solo rider, right??

Everything about the design is very simple and muted. It definitely has everything that takes to make the perfect cruiser. A new addition; Saree guard can be found on the bike. The double exhaust system is what makes the JAWA 42 better than every other JAWA motorcycle. This looks too cool. Finally the end of the bike is topped with halogen lamps, continuing the retro sports structure and design of the JAWA 42.

JAWA 42 gets a 293cc, Single-Cylinder, 4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, Fuel Injected DOHC, BS6-Compliant Engine. This engine generates a max power of 26.51PS and a max torque of 28Nm. The JAWA 42 and the JAWA Classic share the same exact engine. An advantage of teh Fuel injected engine on JAWA 42 is that it supports the Side-Stand Engine cutoff feature; an essential feature in today's day.

JAWA 42 is mated with a 6-speed transmission. Being a cruiser it also slightly resonates to a sporty two-wheeler. This makes the JAWA 42 a sporty cruiser. Below is the list of information on its speed and mileage that helps better understand how powerful the JAWA 42 is.
Top speed: 121 kmph
Accelerates from 0 - 100 KM: in approx. 13 seconds
Mileage: approx. 35 kmpl
Fuel Capacity: 14 liters

Wheels size:
Front: 18 inch 90/90
Rear: 17 inch 120/80
These tires could easily cruise in many provided terrains, but a cruiser would perform best on lengthier rides on a smooth black topped highway road; especially with no speed limits.

The JAWA 42 weighs at around 172 kgs which is definitely on the heavier side. The 765mm seat height is comfortable for a rider with an average height. The heavy weight could be one issue for a rider when handling the bike but thai issue can be managed with time and usage. A Ground clearance of 165mm is provided which is pretty acceptable for a cruiser that specializes in riding on smother roads.

Braking System and Suspension:
There are two braking options available; Front Disc only and Dual Disc. The dual disc brakes are definitely better for enhanced safety and improving the overall riding performance. The single channel ABS helps the front and rear brakes integrate with one another to deliver a better braking performance.
The Suspension setting is a combination of the front Telescopic Hydraulic Fork and a rear Twin Shock Hydraulic with Gas-Charged Canister. On the highway roads, nothing can beat how smooth the cruiser can glide through the roadway. Suspension travel is unfortunately on the shorter alley which could make the rides on the rough terrain more stiff.

JAWA 42 is better than its classic variant. A Cruiser equipped with a sporty element to it makes the JAWA 42 even better than its old variant. This motorcycle has definitely secured one of the top positions of Nepali Wheels’s selection of cruiser bikes. JAWA 42 is available in 6 color variants in Nepal:
Lumos Lime (matte), Nebula Blue, Galactic Green (matte), Starlight Blue (matte), Halley’s Teal (matte) and Comet Red.

Classified under the Premium cruiser category, the JAWA 42’s single channel ABS variant is marked at Rs. 6,73,000, whereas the dual channel ABS variant is priced at Rs. 7,04,000. The JAWA 42 is ideal for highway roads where it can cruise smoothly with no limits. The motorcycle is loved for its combination of simplicity and ruggedness, built into this sports cruiser.


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