Login

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

Posted in
Bike Reviews

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

You might remember seeing a rather shiny motorbike in your childhood which would be laden with chrome and bright red accents. It was a very beautiful motorcycle that was an attention magnet then and still is! These wonderful machines from Prague had become an instant classic, with beautiful instances rolling on the streets even now. It still has that charm without any degradation!

The manufacturer that gave us these drool-worthy motorcycles is none other than JAWA. You might remember it from the iconic dual exhausts and the unique sounding two-stroke engines which was also sold as the YEZDI 250 “B” Type. After what feels and is an eternity, JAWA is back in India with it’s new and modernized lineup, thanks to Mahindra & Mahindra.

The 2020 JAWA Perak is the country’s first custom motorcycle from the factory. It is a bobber which, we believe is the best looking motorcycle in this segment. I mean, the single-seat alone is enough to turn heads, let alone the intensively reworked exhaust and unique paint job. JAWA showed us the Perak on the 15th of November, 2018 alongside the JAWA and JAWA Forty Two. But unfortunately, the one motorcycle that people wanted was kept away until now. Priced at Rs. 1,94,500 Ex-Showroom Delhi, the Perak takes on the likes Benelli Imperiale 400 and Royal Enfield Classic 350.

Pros

  • An obvious head turner

  • Torquey and potent engine in this Class

  • Impressive ride handling

  • Pleasing exhaust note

Cons

  • You only get one seat

  • Low ground clearance might scrape the underbelly and exhaust

What’s New

  • A completely new and unique offering from JAWA

What’s at the heart of JAWA Perak?

JAWA Perak shares its mill with its brothers, the 300 and 42, but has been bored out for more power. The 334-cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder, DOHC engine pumps out 30 horses and 31 Nm of torque. You will love the power delivery on this one, as the torque is spread over the whole rev band. No need to pop a gear for overtakes as there is enough torque to pull you forward. The throttle is impressively responsive and will surely put a smile on your face at the slightest twist.

The impressive power and torque delivery is also courtesy of the smooth 6-Speed manual gearbox which is a constant mesh. The gearbox is also shared with its brothers and the added extra power in Perak finds its place at the peak end. This helps the Perak create a different persona altogether which differentiates it from the rest of the line-up. Contrary to popular belief, the engine of Perak or any of JAWA’s offering is not shared with the nearly extinct Mahindra Mojo but we believe that Mahindra did learn a lot from the Mojo and has implemented it in the JAWA.

Motorcycle

JAWA Perak

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Classic 350 (Single Seat)

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,94,500

Rs. 1,69,000

Rs 1,46,000

Engine 

334 cc Single Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

374 cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine

346 cc Single Cylinder Twinspark Engine

Power 

29.5 bhp

20.71 bhp

@ 5500 rpm

19.79bhp

@ 5250 rpm


Torque

31 Nm

29 Nm

@ 4500 rpm

28 Nm

@ 4000 rpm

Now, the Perak comes into a particular segment of motorbikes that have been vacant and extensively dominated by the Royal Enfields. It is very bold and much-needed change. The low compression engine of Classic 350 is no match to the sweet free-revving motor. Benelli has also pitched in their part of the show with the Imperiale 400. Comparison between Royal Enfield 350 and JAWA Perak shows how much the Indian market has matured in this segment in terms of power to price ratio!


How fast does the Jawa Perak accelerate?

Oh my, the way Perak pulls ahead seamlessly is enough to make you fall in love with the machine. The 6-Speed manual gearbox amplifies the torquey engine and puts it to the wheels without any hiccups. The power surge is linear throughout the rev band and that makes the Perak a very involving motorcycle to ride, as you won’t feel the need for any extra juice.

Now, don’t underestimate the acceleration, as despite being linear, it still pushes you back a bit in case of spirited acceleration. It crosses 60 kmph in under 5 seconds which is by no means slow for a bike in this price bracket. The insane acceleration is confidence-inspiring as the Perak never tends to go cookoo when driven hard.

Motorcycle

JAWA Perak

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Classic 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

4.59 s

5.06 s

6.72 s

Top Speed(kmph)

157(Est.)

109.98

110

None of the competitors live up to the performance which JAWA showcases in Perak. All of the competition have a low compression ratio engine which steals off its top speed and acceleration. They are very good touring bikes but the Perak does it all with the added power and without compromising on the riding experience.


Does JAWA Perak stop as well as it accelerates?

Braking is impressive on the 2020 Perak and the kerb weight adds to this character extensively. The combination of lower kerb weight and disc brakes help you get a very strong grip of it. It instils confidence and will always stay at hand no matter the situation.

There isn’t another motorcycle in this category that provides this level of braking. The telescopic hydraulic forks at front and mono-shock at the rear helps in neutralizing any sudden braking manoeuvres and you won’t move a hair. Pretty impressive addition from JAWA and the floating callipers eliminates the cumbersome reliability issues with disc brakes and are easy to live with. 

Motorcycle

JAWA Perak

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Drum

Front Rotor Size(mm)

280

300

280

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

240

240

240

Kerb Weight

179

205

194

80-0 kmph

N/A

40.58

38.73

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel ABS makes sure that you have complete control over the Perak which helps bump up the riding confidence as well as safety. The braking is progressive and there is controlled depression in the front brakes which helps the forks from bottoming out. 


JAWA Perak’s Mileage 

The Perak returns impressive mileage for a motorcycle that has 29.5 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 kerb weight also plays a very crucial role in maximizing mileage. The large 14 litres fuel tank also makes the Perak an effortless cruiser with lesser fuel stops required during trips. We surely are going to see a lot of these on the iconic Kanyakumari to Kashmir trips!

Motorcycle

JAWA Perak

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Classic 350

City(kmpl)

32(est.)

34.32(est.)

36.2

Highway(kmpl)

35(est.)

35.05(est.)

40.0

Overall(kmpl)

33.4(est.)

32.2(est.)

37

Fuel Capacity(Litres)

14

12

13.5

Royal Enfield Classic 350 takes the crown here with the most efficient ride and not surprising given the power output and lacklustre performance. It still makes a very good proposition bit newer efficient players have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.

How good is the chassis of JAWA Perak?

How well does the Perak take on corners?

The 2020 Perak handles like a dream and it is a holy fusion for the cruiser in you. JAWA has extensively worked on its line-up to provide it with a balanced handling character. It has a longer wheelbase but that doesn't hamper the way it curves. You are in command of the moto and it moves flawlessly as per your inputs.

The Perak is very nimble and it is courtesy of the lower centre of gravity. This not only improves handling but also gives it the bobber stance which makes it stand out from the crowd. It also gets Ceati sourced tyres that improve road grip exponentially and helps in acceleration.

Motorcycle

JAWA Perak

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Classic 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

7-Step Adjustable Mono Shock Absorber

Preload Adjustable Twin Shock absorbers

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

The tyres beautifully complement the dimensions and add up to the bobber look. Another impressive feature is the positioning of the rear mono-shock which is both technically sound and aesthetically pleasing. The mono-shock gets a 7-step adjustment to get that perfect personal handling setup. It is the only of the lot which comes with a mono-shock and thus adds to the exclusivity.


Is the JAWA Perak comfortable on long rides?

You might be two-sided on this one as the cross of a single-seater being comfortable in India is a pretty valid question. But JAWA thought of it and has thus made a plush looking, comfortable and wide padded seat. That too in a tan shade. Talk about standing out!

The suspensions dilute all imperfections on the roads with ease and it doesn’t get to your spine. The top end of the rear mono-shock is shared with the only pivot joint of the solo seat. This gives it much more flexibility and in turn, keeps the rider comfortable.

Motorcycle

JAWA Perak

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Seat height(mm)

750

780

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

145

165

135

Kerb Weight(Dry)(kg)

179

205

194

The low kerb weight helps the bike to be nimble and thus add to a comfortable riding experience. The seat height is optimum at 750 mm which would be comfortable for a wide array of audience. Ground clearance is not the best in class but you can live with it daily. Benelli Imperiale 400 has the best ground clearance which doesn’t mind getting its shoes dirty now and then.


Is the JAWA Perak a looker?

This is, in fact, the most intensive and happening place of the whole motorcycle. It is the exact opposite of orthodox and kudos to JAWA for taking a bold step in a direction seldom taken by any Indian manufacturer. Firstly, it wears the bobber persona perfectly and the dark theme complements it well. Then comes the seat which has a lot happening under it. The taillight is neatly integrated under the seat in a cutout.

All of the components are blacked out to go with the dark theme which includes the engine and spoke wheels. The front suspension covers hide the piston thus eliminating, anything which screams chrome from the bike. The swingarm is longer than its brothers which adds to the bobber look. It shares the same instrument cluster from the JAWA Standard but adds a darker background to go with the whole setup. It is minimal and informative and well lit and the digital odometer is easily legible, even in the harshest of sunlight. The customised cut dual exhausts add to the persona of the bobber and also sounds distinctive as compared to the 42 and Classic.


Aesthetic Features

  • Dual Custom exhaust

  • Floating Tan-colored seat

  • Under-seat tail light

  • Chiselled Front and rear fenders

  • Unique Satin black paint with golden accents

  • Halogen headlamps

  • Covered front forks

  • Retro fused Instrument cluster

Motorcycle

JAWA Perak

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Length (mm)

N/A

2170

2160

Width (mm)

N/A

920

790

Height(mm)

N/A

1120

1090

Wheelbase(mm)

1485

1440

1370

Kerb Weight

179

205

194

Unlike the competition, Perak gets a shorter handlebar that makes manoeuvrability much easier, especially in the city. It also sits lower than the rest and it all sums up to its street presence which by the way would turn heads just by the tan-coloured floating seat!

Technology and Features

JAWA has equipped the Perak with halogen headlamps all round except the taillights which are LED. It lights up the road ahead well and keeps you going in its darkness. It gets an electric start only and the instrument cluster is a fusion of digital and analog that gives it a neo-retro look.

Motorcycle

JAWA Perak

Benelli Imperiale 400

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Pricing

(Ex-Showroom Delhi)

Rs. 1,94,500

Rs. 1,69,000

Rs 1,46,000

Features

Chopped fenders

Pure retro styling on fuel tank

Damper laden single seat


Single tan coloured seat

Split seats

Fuel meter


Dual unique bobber exhaust system

Dual-Channel front and rear disc brakes

Kick-starter


Quad-LED taillight

Tank grip cladding

Dechromed engine


Ceat sourced tyres

TVS sourced tyres

Michelin sourced tyres


Upside down speedometer

Exposed front forks

EFI Fuel Injection

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.

What are the safety features in the Perak?

The unique looks have not diverted safety standards for Perak. JAWA 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 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.

How does the Competition add up?

JAWA Perak vs Benelli Imperiale 400

These are two very new entrances to a hot segment. JAWA makes a statement here with its unique bobber as it will always turn heads. Benelli is kind of late for the show but has a very promising machine in hand. It is a purebred classic machine that will take you on a nostalgic journey. If you are into pure retro looks and love close to analog machine then the Imperiale 400 will fit well. But if making a statement is your priority with a fine blend of modern tech and retro looks, the Perak will make you smile for long. Sacrifice a bit of practicality and your car gift yourself a truly beautiful machine which we believe would be an instant classic just like its predecessors.


JAWA Perak vs Royal Enfield Classic 350

The big daddy of this segment, Royal Enfields just like JAWA has always had a cult following. The only difference between the two was that when one stopped production, the other held on for dear life. Nevertheless, JAWA is back and now with a more modern and nostalgic line-up, a perfect combination to make you fall in love again. The Classic 350 has been around for a long time and needs a heavy upgrade to keep up to the well built and feature-laden Perak. The Perak has its curvy edge here. With the launch of its BS6 iteration, it is up to date but JAWA still has the upper hand. However, Royal Enfield is soon expected to launch the refreshed and updated version of the Classic 350 and 500 with modern touches.

How does the JAWA Perak sum-up?

JAWA has finally entered India with a bang. It bangs on with the neo-retro lineup which helps drool a wider audience which ranges from the young riders to the well-experienced ones. The long heritage helps JAWA appeal to a huge audience that gives it an edge over the competition. Retro and modern cues have never been used so well by any Indian manufacturer and JAWA has just nailed it with its line-up. The Perak is on another level and we won’t hesitate to compare it with the Triumph Bobber in design as well. The motorcycle is slated to be launched in the first week of January and deliveries will commence from April.

FUN FACT: Many of you would have wanted to see how the Perak looks if it had dual seats. Look no further, as we found a rather technically sound rendering on the internet and it looks interesting. We hope JAWA observes this and thinks of an optional one for the needy audience.