The 2021 Jawa 42 retains the same BS6 engine, but gets a bunch of mechanical and visual updates
Classic Legends has launched the 2021 Jawa 42. The Jawa range was only recently updated for compliance with BS6 emissions norms and now the manufacturer has already launched a mid-life update for the more youthful Forty Two. The visual updates on the 42 should make the bike appeal to a wider audience. Let’s take a closer look...
The heart of the matter
The 42 continues to be powered by the BS6-compliant 293cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine derived from the one on the Mahindra Mojo. Power and torque figures remain identical at 26.9bhp and 27.02Nm. That said, a few changes to the exhaust setup means the bike, as the company claims, boasts a deeper exhaust note.
Keeping it all together
The suspension setup and the frame on the 42 have been tinkered with and the side stand has been repositioned, both of which has resulted in better ground clearance. Jawa claims that the outcome of the tweaks should mean a better handling bike. In terms of comfort the seat pan and cushioning on the 42 have also been reworked to improve quality of time in the saddle. The 42 now gets a 13-spoke alloy wheel setup with tubeless tyres. The braking setup has been carried forward as is.
The biggest changes, however, are on the design front. Jawa has done away with all the chrome bits, and all elements on the bike barring the fuel tank, headlamp housing and the fenders now receive a matt black treatment. The new 42 can be had in three colours that Jawa dubs Orion Red, Sirius White and AllStar Black. There is also a racing stripe that runs down the length of the fender and fuel tank that pays homage to Jawa’s racing legacy. The signature anti-clockwise instrument cluster remains unchanged.
Read our full review of the 2021 Jawa 42, here.
Jawa is also offering a host of accessories like a flyscreen, headlamp grille and custom-made saddlebags, amongst others, for the 42. The company has also made the new 13-spoke alloys available for existing customers to purchase and retrofit onto their bikes.
Commenting on the launch of the 2021 Jawa Forty Two, Ashish Singh Joshi, CEO, Classic Legends said, “Last year saw us coming up with the BS6 versions. We didn’t stop at that and outdid ourselves, even bettering the performance and feel of our motorcycles, calling it the 2.1, we have made the exhaust note throatier and even more alluring, enhanced the seat and fine-tuned the cross-port engine for added punch. Our customers have always used the 42 as a canvas to express their creativity. Inspired by that, we have added three new colour schemes with ‘classic sports’ stripes, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres as standard fitment & fly-screen and headlamp grille as accessories. The technological updates will be available throughout the Jawa and forty two range and the customers will have the option of choosing the new accessories as well.”
At Rs 1.84 lakh ex-showroom, Classic Legends is demanding a premium of Rs 7000 over the outgoing Forty Two for all the changes and updates. The 2021 Jawa 42 goes up against the likes of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, Benelli Imperiale 400, and the Honda H’ness CB350. But whether or not these updates help the Jawa 42 take the cake remains to be seen.