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JAWA 300 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Technology, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Feb 01 2020 Share this blog

How many of you remember the Iconic JAWA? Yes, the one with that peppy two-stroke engine and soothingly raspy exhaust note. Yes, the one with lots of chrome and gold accents which complemented its iconic maroon colour. You are in luck, as JAWA has finally made a comeback with a very distinctive yet nostalgic line-up.

2020 JAWA 300 side view

They have named this particular motorcycle, simply “The JAWA”. You don’t require a more appropriate name for a cult-brand like the JAWA. The modern JAWA resembles a lot like its predecessor and if you were in love with the older one, this one will instantly bowl you over. Powered by a 334 cc single-cylinder, The JAWA has a class-leading engine in terms of performance and driving dynamics. With an ex-showroom price of Rs. 1,64,300 we say that this motorcycle is worth every single rupee of your savings.

This classic reincarnation takes on the likes of our very own Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and a new member, Benelli Imperiale 400. Let’s see how the prodigal son fares against its competition.

Pros

  • Nostalgic head turner

  • Torquey and robust engine in this segment 

  • Impressive ride handling

  • Value for money

  • Pleasing exhaust note

Cons

  • Seating is not wide and comfortable

  • Low ground clearance might scrape the underbelly and exhaust

  • More chrome means much more care

What’s New

  • The Classic JAWA is back in a modern avatar to make you nostalgic

What’s at the heart of JAWA 300?

How muscular is the engine?

Flexible, that’s what we would define this robust engine which powered the legendary JAWA. The 334 cc single pot is refined and has the grunt to complement its heritage. The high compression engine revs much higher than any cruiser in this category and has a linear torque curve. The result is a calm and composed character which flaunts its attitude. JAWA surely knows to make us nostalgic as the dual exhausts would be enough to take you down the memory lane.

2020 JAWA 300 Engine

The torque is evenly laid out in the mid-range and thus you get a lot of ground to play on. No need to pop a gear, as the twist of the throttle is enough to seamlessly punch forward without a hiccup. The flexible character helps you tame this stallion both in thick traffic and long empty highways. You will be more than content with the performance.

Motorcycle

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Single Channel

Rs. 1,64,300

-

Rs 1,46,000

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Dual Channel

Rs. 1,73,242

Rs. 1,69,000

-

Engine 

334 cc Single Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

374 cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine

346 cc Single Cylinder Twinspark Engine

Power 

27 bhp

@ 6500 rpm

20.71 bhp

@ 5500 rpm

19.79bhp

@ 5250 rpm


Torque

28 Nm

@ 5000 rpm

29 Nm

@ 4500 rpm

28 Nm

@ 4000 rpm

This vacuum was dominated by old-school motorcycles which were low on mechanical and technological advancements. JAWA is rewriting the basics here with the high compression engine which doesn’t break a sweat. Benelli is also trying their hand with the Imperiale 400 and we still have the granddaddy Royal Enfield with its Bullet 350 for a very long time.


How quick is The JAWA from 0-60?

Twist the throttle and The JAWA will reward you with a healthy surge of torque that surely will bring a smile on your face. It seamlessly moves forward without any hiccups and grumpy exhaust note will surely keep you hooked for acceleration.

Acceleration is quick keeping in mind that this classic weighs in at 170kg which is no child’s talk. But the most admiring part is how the acceleration is in a way pampering the rider to build confidence and enjoy it to the fullest. That’s where the sparkle in your eyes comes in. The top speed of 130 kmph is not enough to experience tunnel vision but will surely blur out your surroundings when you become one with the motorbike.

Motorcycle

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Engine

334 cc Single Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

374 cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine

346 cc Single Cylinder Twinspark Engine

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

0-60 kmph

5.5 s

5.06 s

6.7 s (approx.)

Top Speed(kmph)

130

109

110

The Imperiale 400 manages to slide past JAWA in the 0-60 run due to the early surge of torque that enables it to have its edge. But it loses out on top speed which is also the case with the Bullet 350 as the low compression engines give up quickly.


How confidence-inspiring are the brakes?

You get The JAWA in two iterations, a single-channel ABS with drum brakes at the rear and a dual-channel ABS with disc brakes on both ends. The engineers at JAWA have given the same amount of love and purpose to both iterations and you need not worry about its bite. The brakes and ABS are both taken care of by Bybre which also gets some inside tweaks as well.

The telescopic forks upfront and dual gas shocks at the rear make sure to provide you with enough damping when you go hard on those brakes. You don’t have any unstable experiences and it should be noted that in this time of advancing technology and stringent norms, JAWA went ahead and provided the masses with a drum brake variant to give back the brand exactly how it was embedded in your hearts. Kudos to the bold decision.  

Motorcycle

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Front / Rear

Disc/Drum or Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Drum

Front Rotor Size(mm)

280

300

280

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

153/(drum)/240(disc)

240

153(drum)

Kerb Weight

170

205

194

80-0 kmph

35.95

40.58

39.40

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Single-channel/ Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Single-Channel


How long can you travel without taking a pitstop?

The JAWA returns impressive mileage for a motorcycle that has 28 bhp of power. This is due to the linear power band which helps keep the engine relaxed and doesn’t need a surge of power unless you want to. The flat torque curve helps curb down on fuel consumption without compromising on the thrill of riding.

The curb weight is also a big factor for fuel efficiency and JAWA found its way around it as well. It is impressive that despite being carburated, The JAWA managed to balance its power and efficiency to provide a well-balanced driving experience which is a very thin line to tread.

Motorcycle

JAWA 300 

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

City(kmpl)

35.4(est.)

34.32(est.)

36.2

Highway(kmpl)

38.7(est.)

35.05(est.)

40.0

Overall(kmpl)

37.5

34.6(est.)

37.0

Fuel Capacity(Litres)

14

12

13.5

JAWA packed the well contoured and curvy tank with a healthy 14 litres fuel tank that is one of the best in its class. It helps you travel farther and longer without taking unwanted fuel stops. Perfect for that Leh-Ladakh trip, What say?

How robust is the chassis of JAWA?

Can the JAWA 300 curve at will?

You wouldn't expect much from a motorcycle that looks curvy and weighs 170 kg. But be prepared to be surprised as this beauty carried its weight seamlessly. The short wheelbase helps it be nimble and thus turn instantly at your flick.

2020 JAWA 300 dual exhaust

The low stance helps lower the centre of gravity which in turn, you guessed it right! helps you take those corners with more confidence than your 10th board examinations. JAWA also proves with its dual exhausts that it's not only about aesthetics but function as well. The dual exhausts balance the motorcycle’s kerb weight. Handling is well-sorted in this one.

Motorcycle

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Chassis 

Double Cradle Tubular Frame

Double Cradle Tubular Frame

Single-Downtube with engine as stressed-member

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

100/90-18

100/90-19

90/90-19

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

140/70-17

130/80-18

110/90-19

Front Suspension

Telescopic Hydraulic Fork

Telescopic Forks

Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension

Twin Shock Hydraulic canister with gas canister 

Preload Adjustable Twin Shock absorbers

5-Step preload-adjustable Twin Gas-charged Shock Absorbers


Is The JAWA comfortable for long rides?

The smooth-revving engine is devoid of any vibrations unlike certain others in this category. The surge of power is linear and thus keeps you in your comfort zone at all times. Fatigue won’t bother you with the JAWA at hand. The well-damped front telescopic forks and rear dual gas springs make sure that none of those bumps hit your spine.

We believe that JAWA could have done better with the seating, more so because it has been pitched in as a cruiser. The seats are not wide enough and padding is average. At best, suitable for your daily city rides. JAWA, but made sure to provide grab rails for the pillion and it has been smartly tucked underneath the seat. 

Motorcycle

JAWA 300 

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Seat height(mm)

765

780

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

165

165

135

Kerb Weight(Dry)(kg)

170

205

189

Seating is on the lower side as it has just 765 mm of seat height. But that doesn’t hamper the riding triangle, as the handlebar and footpegs have been positioned smartly to give you that relaxed “Bring it on!” position to take on kilometres.

You sit the highest on Bullet 350 and a tad bit lower on the Imperiale. Shorter riders might find it difficult but not on The JAWA. The motorcycle suffers from scrapped underbelly of its dual exhausts, not because of its ground clearance but because of the slanting design of the exhausts.

How nostalgic does The JAWA look?

What are the aesthetic perks on JAWA?

You would never deny the fact that The JAWA looks utterly beautiful. Show it to your grandparents and we are sure that it will bring back memories for them either of riding it or running out onto the roads to get a glimpse of that loud motorcycle in their locality.

The curved tank flaunting those gold accents are reminiscent of its past and heritage. You will be shocked to see the amount of details in the new JAWA as the engine shape highly resembles its past. The headlight sits high up, the cowling of which also houses the instrument cluster. The dual exhausts is another set of easter eggs which reminds you of the older JAWAs and YEZDIs.

2020 JAWA 300 classic tank

The front forks are covered neatly by its coloured casing which gives a very neat look. The spoke wheels add to its classic persona and differentiates it instantly in the sea of alloy wheels. Another neat feature is the horn cover which is in the shape of a JAWA emblem. As we said, attention to detail is very impressive with the new JAWA. Oh, and don’t worry about the aerodynamics as this motorcycle is not made for top speed or those precise lap timings. It's a companion to relax and get personal with, away from all your worries. Those slow early morning rides with the sun coming out from the horizon is what The JAWA is best suited for.

Aesthetic Features

  • Iconic Maroon paint job with gold accents

  • Halogen headlamps

  • Up-Side down speedometer

  • Unique looking concealed handle-bar

  • Chrome Dual Custom exhaust

  • Covered front forks

  • Retro fused Instrument cluster

There are a lot of “Deja-Vu” features in the JAWA which is well reincarnated and we are grateful for the effort put in by them to bring back the legend. A lot of post-millennials will now know the true meaning of cool.

Limited Edition 2019 JAWA 300

A 90th-anniversary limited edition was also released by JAWA to commemorate this classic Czech manufacturer's love for motorcycles. It is the same underneath but wears the same livery and paint scheme of JAWA’s first-ever production motorcycle- the JAWA 500 OHV. Limited to just 90 units the manufacturer didn’t enforce any extra premium for this offering. Ninety lucky winners would be chosen through a lucky draw who would own one of these 90 unique JAWAs for Rs. 1,73,242.

Motorcycle

JAWA 300 

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Length (mm)

2122

2170

2140

Width (mm)

789

920

810

Height(mm)

1165

1120

1120

Wheelbase(mm)

1369

1440

1370

Kerb Weight

170

205

194

If you look at the stats, JAWA is the shortest of the lot which gives it an edge in handling. Weighing the less is also a boon to its riding dynamics. The other two don’t stand a chance to take on The JAWA in terms of driving dynamics and nimbleness. That’s a new perk for a cruiser.

What are the technologies and Features on-board?

JAWA has equipped its offering with halogen headlamps all round except the taillights that flaunt a distinctive 4-piece LED setup. It lights up the road ahead well and keeps you going confidently in pitch dark roads as well. It gets an electric start only and the instrument cluster is a fusion of digital and analog that gives it a neo-retro look.

2020 JAWA 300 concealed handlebar

 Another notable feature is the upside-down speedometer which is quirky and would take a while getting used to. The spoke alloys add to the retro look and JAWA’s iconic strips on the tank are painted gold. The Gold treatment also continues on the side panels and fenders as well. The unique features are listed below:

Motorcycle

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Single Channel

Rs. 1,64,300

-

Rs 1,46,000

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Dual Channel

Rs. 1,73,242

Rs. 1,69,000

-

Features

Carbureted engine

Pure retro styling on fuel tank

Utterly comfortable uni-seat


Enclosed Handle-bar

Split seats

Fuel meter


Dual nostalgic exhaust system

Dual-Channel ABS 

Kick-starter


Quad-LED taillight

Tank grip cladding

Beefed up front suspension


Ceat sourced tyres

TVS sourced tyres

Michelin sourced tyres


Upside down speedometer

Exposed front forks

EFI Fuel Injection


Lavish chrome treatment

Front and rear disc brakes

Dechromed engine

The above features help distinguish each of them and also give a unique set of characteristics that helps each one stand out in the crowd.

What are the safety features that The JAWA offers?

The unique looks have not diverted safety standards for JAWA. The brand has invested well in safety features and adds an updated bundle to help you ride the motorcycle with ease. 

Disc brakes and dual-channel ABS help keep the motorcycle and the rider safe in varying situations. The single-channel ABS is also not half bad as the rear drum brakes provide enough bite to bring The JAWA to halt without any second thoughts.

The LED taillights are bright and can shine for a longer distance thus warning following motorists of the unique ride up ahead. The liquid-cooled setup helps keep the engine cool and thus adding to motoring safety. The instrument cluster is well light and the digital part is visible even in the harshest of sunlight. The frontal positioning of the horn helps sound to travel uninterrupted to the motorists ahead.

How does the Competition add up?

JAWA 300 vs Benelli Imperiale 400

2020 Benelli Imperiale 400

Benelli is kind of late to the party but so is JAWA. The thing with JAWA is that it was on a detour for too long and has come back better than ever. Unlike the Imperiale 400, The JAWA will not have to try hard and impress the audience, thanks to its past. Benelli will have to have an edge here but we couldn’t find any in performance nor riding dynamics. The only chance it has is in aesthetics which is also a stretch. We would take the JAWA here for the persona it has for a lesser price.


JAWA 300 vs Royal Enfield Bullet 350

2019 Royal Enfield Bullet 350

The grand-daddy of this segment also takes on the newest player in town. Royal Enfield has been in the automotive market for a long long time. So long that, they even forgot to modernise their line-up. JAWA provides a vibration-free ride unlike the RE and also has a much intuitive riding dynamics. Just like the JAWA, Royal Enfield also has a rich heritage and frankly, we love it for sticking to its roots and giving the old vibe so profoundly. But then again, JAWA has managed to bring about a more balanced character in its offering. We hope that Royal Enfield surprises us in its future line-up.

What does The JAWA express with its nostalgic offering?

JAWA has made a very impressive entry into India after a long time. Now it's up to the brand as to how it upholds its heritage in this very competitive battlefield. It has all of the ingredients sorted out and the neo-retro path it takes help attract a much wider audience which is a wild card in its hand. You can’t push JAWA into a particular category as it is one of its kind, with a lot of nostalgia backing it up. It is a cruiser all right, but we would buy one for the retro vibe it reciprocates with an equally worthy pricing.

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