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Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Classic 500 Comparison

Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Classic 500

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Price starts at Rs. 2.02 lakh which is Rs. 46,746 costlier than Jawa 42 priced at Rs. 1.55 lakh. The claimed mileage for the Jawa 42 is 37 kmpl where as the claimed mileage for Royal Enfield Classic 500 is 32 kmpl. In technical specifications, Jawa 42 is powered by 293 cc engine where as Royal Enfield Classic 500 is powered by 499 cc engine. Jawa 42 is available in 1 different colours while Royal Enfield Classic 500 comes with 6 colours. 60% users have chosen Jawa Motorcycles 42 over Royal Enfield Classic 500 in a survey being conducted on zigwheels.com. Compare Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Classic 500 on the basis of price, specifications & other features.

42 vs Classic 500 Specs Overview

Specs/Features 42 Double DiscClassic 500 Pegasus Edition
Price Rs. 1.64 lakh Rs. 2.17 lakh
Engine Type Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, DOHC Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled
Engine Displacement (CC) 293 cc 499 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 27.3 PS 27.57 PS @ 5250 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
0-60 kmph (sec) ... 3s
Wheel Size Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm Front :-482.6 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Spoke
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Starting Self Start Only Kick and Self Start
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Engine Type Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, DOHC Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Air cooled
Engine Displacement (CC) 293 cc 499 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 27.3 PS 27.57 PS @ 5250 rpm
Torque (Nm@rpm) 28 Nm 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Emission Type bs4 bs4
Bore 76 mm 84 mm
Stroke 65 mm 90 mm
No Of Cylinders 1 1
Drive Type Chain Drive Chain Drive
Valve Per Cylinder 4 2
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Ignition ... Digital Electronic Ignition
Compression Ratio 11:1 8.5:1
Transmission Type Manual Manual
No Of Gears 6 Speed 5 Speed
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
0-60 kmph (sec) ... 3s
Mileage (Overall) 37 kmpl 32 kmpl
Suspension-Front Telescopic Hydraulic Fork Telescopic Forks
Chassis Double Cradle Single down tube, Using engine as stressed member
Suspension-Rear Gas Canister - Twin shock hydraulic Twin Gas Charged Shock Absorbers With 5-step Adjustable Preload
Tyre Size Front :-90/90-18 Rear :-120/80-17 Front :-90/90-19, Rear :-120/80-18
Wheel Size Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm Front :-482.6 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Tyre Type Tube Tube
Radial Tyre ...
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Spoke
Optimum Tyre pressure (Rider) ... 22 psi
Length*Width*Height ... 2140*790*1090
Wheelbase(mm) 1369 mm 1360 mm
Length ... 2140 mm
Ground Clearance (mm) ... 135 mm
Height ... 1090 mm
Seat Height 765 mm ...
Width ... 790 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 14 L 13.5 L
Tail Light Bulb Bulb
Front Brake Diameter 280 mm 280 mm
Rear Brake Diameter ... 240 mm
Pilot Lamps ...
Turn Signal Lamp Bulb Bulb
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Body Type Cruiser Bikes Cruiser Bikes
Starting Self Start Only Kick and Self Start
Seat Type Single Single
Pass Switch
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Low Fuel Warning Lamp ...
Low Battery Indicator ...
Low Oil Indicator ...
Passenger Footrest
Cooling System Liquid Cooled Air Cooled
Console Analogue and Digital Digital
Odometer Digital Analogue
Mobile Connectivity
Standard Warranty (Years) ...
Standard Warranty (kilometers) ... 10000

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Recently Asked User Questions

Q. Planning to sell my one year old classic 500 to buy the jawa. Royal enfield quality is seriously poor got lot of maintainance issues and i use for daily work commute. Considering it makes bhp like C500 and torque is like C350. Will it be a good choice to get a Jawa after using C500? And also service centres and spares cost are concern for the jawa. - 42 - 42 - 42?
  • We can't give any verdict here about the ride quality of Jawa as the bike hasn't been launched yet. Although, we can expect good performance by Jawa bikes in market based on its history. Moreover, Jawa dealership will be available in the market after 5th of December this year. Related Read - Jawa Perak vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 X: Spec Comparison: https://www.zigwheels.com/news-features/news/jawa-perak-vs-royal-enfield-thunderbird-500-x-spec-comparison/32379/
  • Fully agree , until unless a product spends minimum 6 months in the market a clear cut verdict can’t be given.What drawback l presently see with Jawa is lack of kick start along with self start. At times when you have issue with Self/alternator/battery , kick is always handy.
  • Initially you may find some uncomfort, but you will get used it, Jawa 42 is the best for modern look and performance
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Q. Which is better between Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Jawa 42 - 42 - 42 - 42?
  • The Jawa 42 sits between the different Royal Enfield Classic 350 variants that are on offer currently. It offers a retro design with modern underpinnings that should perform well. What’s more, it is likely to be more reliable in the long run as well. Meanwhile, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 looks more modern but should offer an old school feels thanks to its motor. You also get more variants to choose from as well as a rear disc brake and dual-channel ABS. Ultimately the Jawa 42 offers a modern bike with a classic design while the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is a retro-modern design with old school mechanicals, which makes it feel like you’re riding something from an era gone by. While comparing these two Classic Legends we have only one thing to say that "Legends are not meant to compare there are meant to ride". So suggest you to take a test ride of both the Legendary motorcycles to know which one is better for you.Royal Enfield Classic 350 Vs Jawa 300: Spec Comparison :- https://www.zigwheels.com/news-features/news/royal-enfield-classic-350-vs-jawa-300-spec-comparison/32303/ Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Comparison:- https://www.zigwheels.com/bike-comparison/jawa-motorcycles-42-vs-royal-enfield-bullet-350-twinspark
  • I hope ajay is little but prejudicial towards 350x because his every answer is negative for jawa. However jawa supersedes in performance, built and ergonomics. From the 27 bhp which is jawa as compared to the 19 bhp of 350x, jawa is comparable to the 500x which gives the same bhp. Now lets talk about the vibrations of 350x, on the other hand jawa gives you a very smooth ride. Now lets talk about the pricing for jawa 42 which is 1.55 lacs ex showroom which is approx 20 k less than 350x. The same is with the kerb weight for which jawa offers the machine for 170 kgs on the other hand 350x weighs 190kgs. And yes taller persons can eaily ride jawa.
  • Very subjective.. you need to ride both to decide. Both induce different kind of feelings because of their respective engine types. The engine tech and dual abs definitely make the Jawa a more modern machine.. having said that.. do take a test ride of both before you make a decision
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Q. Which is better classic 350 or classic 500 in performance?
  • M having stealth black 500 and its such a special feeling to own the RE which cannot be expressed in words but when it comes to 350 or 500 it is totally on your usage as the first thing is mileage which does not differ much as i m getting around 30+ and in 350 it is around 35 but when it comes to driving for sure you feel d diff the 500 variant is much more plesant in driving. so in my opinion just go for 500 but if you are luking price wise u can choose 350 bcz in looks both are same if you are not choosing the 500 only colour variant
  • Difference will be on the inflow of the fuel . 350 is with carburetor and 500 is with fuel injection. 500 got more pickup but lack in fuel efficiency as compare to the counterpart.i' ve rode my classic 350 for almost 5 years, most of the times in the himalayan region.i found no issue regarding the capacity of the engine.on my personal level i would have picked himalayan for classic 500. decision is yours brother. thanks and keep thumping
  • Having owned the Classic 500 I can tell you that it is not worth the extra money. The performance upgrade is not noticeable. I would suggest you gofor the Classic 350 . But the one thing I noticed is the exclusivity of the Classic 500. As far as I know there are only around 10 in my city out of the 1000s of bullets and that really is something special, so if you are looking for exclusivity then go for the 500.
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