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Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Price starts at Rs. 2.88 Lakh which is Rs. 1.21 Lakh costlier than base model of Jawa 42 priced at Rs. 1.67 Lakh. The claimed mileage . In technical specifications, Jawa 42 is powered by 293 cc engine , while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is powered by 648 cc engine. Jawa 42 is available in 8 different colours while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with 7 colours. The Comparison Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 can be described on the basis of price and specifications.

Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Summary

Basic Info 42 Single Channel - Starlight BlueInterceptor 650 Canyon Red
Rating
245 reviews
170 reviews
Brand Name Jawa Motorcycles Royal Enfield
Ex-Showroom Price Rs. 1.67 Lakh View On Road Price Rs. 2.88 Lakh View On Road Price
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC Parallel twin, 4-stroke, single overhead cam, air/oil-cooled
Max Power 27.33 PS 47.65 PS @ 7150 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Colors
42 Colors
Interceptor 650 Colors
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Drum Disc
Wheel Size Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Spoke
ABS Single Channel Dual Channel
Starting Self Start Only Self Start Only
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Insurance Rs. 11,506 42 Insurance Rs. 22,370 Interceptor 650 Insurance

Engine Type
Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC
Parallel twin, 4-stroke, single overhead cam, air/oil-cooled
Engine Displacement
293 cc
648 cc
Max Power
27.33 PS
47.65 PS @ 7150 rpm
Max Torque
27.02 Nm
52 Nm @ 5250 rpm
Emission Type
bs6
bs6
Bore
76 mm
78 mm
Stroke
65 mm
67.8 mm
No Of Cylinders
1
2
Drive Type
Chain Drive
Chain Drive
Valve Per Cylinder
4
4
Fuel Type
Petrol
Petrol
Ignition
...
Digital spark ignition - TCI
Compression Ratio
11:1
9.5:1

Brakes Front
Disc
Disc
Brakes Rear
Drum
Disc

Braking (60-0 kmph)
...
17.66m
Braking (80-0 kmph)
...
30.71m
Braking (100-0 kmph)
...
47.44m
Mileage (City)
...
31.95 kmpl
Mileage (Highway)
...
34.64 kmpl

Tyre Size
Front :-90/90-18 Rear :-120/80-17
Front :-100/90-18, Rear :-130/70-18
Wheel Size
Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm
Front :-457.2 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Tyre Type
Tube
Tubeless
Radial Tyre
...
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy)
Spoke
Spoke

Seat height
765 mm
804 mm
Length*Width*Height
...
2122*789*1165 mm3
Wheelbase
1369 mm
1400 mm
Length
...
2122 mm
Ground Clearance
...
174 mm
Width
...
789 mm
Fuel Capacity
14 Liters
13.7 Liters
Kerb Weight
172 Kg
202 Kg
Tail Light
Bulb
LED
Front Brake Diameter
280 mm
320 mm
Rear Brake Diameter
153 mm
240 mm

Additional Features
Twin Exhaust
...
Charging at Home
...
Battery Capacity
...
12 V/8 Ah
Charging at Charging Station
...
LED tail lights
...
Turn Signal Lamp
Bulb
Bulb

ABS
Single Channel
Dual Channel
Body Type
Cruiser Bikes
Cafe Racer Bikes
Starting
Self Start Only
Self Start Only
Seat Type
Single
Single
Pass Switch
Speedometer
Analogue
Analogue
Tachometer
...
Digital
Trip Meter
...
Digital
Clock
...
Low Battery Indicator
Passenger Footrest
Cooling System
Liquid Cooled
Air & Oil Cooled
Odometer
Digital
Analogue

Pros and Cons

  • Positives
  • Negatives

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

  • Most affordable multi-cylinder bike in India
  • Power delivery is linear and friendly but still exciting
  • Extremely refined.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

  • Not the most feature packed
  • Uncomfortable pillion ergonomics
  • Rear suspension is set up a bit too soft.
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42 and Interceptor 650 Competitors

Recently Asked User Questions

Q. We want to choose between Interceptor and Himalayan, which is better. Have issue of back pain.
  • I own both the Himalayan and the Interceptor and I can definitely say with authority that with the himalayan you wont have a back pain. Ride is more comfortable due to the seating posture and the seat itself. Same goes for the pillion rider as well. What you will get is a solid freaking headache considering the Himalayan has so many other issues that you get fed up spending most of your time in RE service centers. I own a BS3 model. So I hope the later models have these issues sorted. Interceptor on the hand was built for a different purpose and tall riders (5 foot 9 and above) will have problems with their back. This is because of the seating posture. But there are work arounds to this. its a great bike and is open to customization unlike the Himalayan.
  • I have slipped disc and tail bone/sciatic pains .. you know how bad it can get. But I can tell you, on a normal day the Interceptor has never caused any issues or never till date have I had any issues because of the seating position on the Interceptor. I can't speak for Himalayan, I am sure it's meant for touring and expect that to be equally comfortable or more. With Interceptor, you cant go wrong that much I could tell trust me.
  • The Interceptor 650 will marginally have a better seating posture than the Himalayan and hence should give less back pain.But eventually it depends on whether you will utilise the motorcycle for city rides for which Interceptor is best or for off roading for which Himalayan is best.Hope this helps! Happy riding!
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Q. I am confused between Interceptor and Himalayan? mostly I am a city rider and yearly twice touring, which is suitable for me?
  • Having owned both of them I'd say that for touring the Himalayan makes sense. My only problem with the Himalayan was its lack of power or feeling that it do with some more power. I know that a lot of folks are waiting for a 650 Himalayan.Having said that a lot depends on you and your requirements. Interceptor is great as a daily commuter. You'll most probably have to tweak the handlebar and seat to get the desired riding position. Himalayan seat is excellent. Panniers etc again Himalayan. In case of the Interceptor you'll have to get suitable panniers and stays etc. Both are good and different categories so in the e d it's your call.
  • Himalayan is a all rounder Off road & Highways it performs well. Suspension set is too good say no to back pain. Interceptor is very good in highways it is the best performer & Powerful bike in royal enfield fleet. It cant off road like himalayan . Suspensiongood so no back pain issue. Because interceptor is not too comfortable in city riding. Plus their are many sensitive quality issues in ongoing models of interceptor. Like problem in T- Stem noise & Strut , Wheel wobble , Which RE might address soon. My choice is himalayan .
  • For city, Electra or Bullet 500 with ABS is best, Himalayan for touring, Interceptor is for fun as a heavy weight champion. Suggest you an unbiased test drive forgetting our reviews for a while and then decide.
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Q. If budget is not a constraint, should one buy int 650 or meteor 350? considering i will be using the bike 50% of the time in city and rest 50% on highways.ps: I like the features provided and the body of the meteor 350 but really like the ride quality of int 650.?
  • Apart from the budget, both bikes belong to different segments and have different characteristics. If we talk about Meteor, the thump wrapped up in a refined, easy to ride, confident and practical package sounds just right. The lack of oil leaks or missing parts over our 800km stint makes the package more joyous. The healthy fuel efficiency, 10,000km oil-change intervals and 5000km/6 month service inspections make it more endearing. So, this Royal Enfield fulfills the promise made by the Thunderbird many years ago. However, the Meteor doesn’t make a bigger and bolder promise of its own by way of plush ride quality, a greater sense of richness or, crucially, better cruising ability. On the other hand, if we talk about Interceptor 650, with this pricing, Royal Enfield has delivered an exceptional value-for-money product like none other. Small issues, like no clear lens for the headlight or wide exhaust layout, or the narrow and soft seat, can be overlooked or fine-tuned. This is virtually half the price of the Harley Street 750 and it sits precariously close to the KTM 390 Duke, the Austrian being just four grand cheaper. Hence, with this pricing strategy, Royal Enfield is giving you a class product that seems to be built more solidly than anything it has ever produced. It is not as premium or modern in many aspects, but this motorcycle has brought back the joys of simple motorcycling - just what Royal Enfield set out to achieve. You may compare both the bikes accordingly. Do take a test ride in order to get better clarity. Check out authorised dealership details.
  • Int 650 will better. all the features of meteor will be available as options in the mean time.
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42 Vs Interceptor 650 Comparison FAQs

Which bike is cheaper 42 vs Interceptor 650?

The Jawa 42 is cheaper than Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 by Rs. 1.21 Lakh.

Which bike offers better performance 42 vs Interceptor 650?

For the Single Channel - Starlight Blue version, 293 cc Petrol engine of 42 produces 27.33 PS of power and 27.02 Nm of torque. Whereas for the Canyon Red version, 648 cc Petrol engine of Interceptor 650 produces 47.65 PS @ 7150 rpm of power and 52 Nm @ 5250 rpm of torque

User Reviews of Comparison

  • Jawa 42
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
  • After launching there bikes after so long, jawa have still maintained there old school charm. Highely satisfied with the performance , pickup , handling , looks , design , exhust node , tyre size , capability of bike. It's so attention grabing thing, when ever I bring it on roads people starts following it to watch, many many lod people ask about bike, they say is it that old yedzi company's bike? Abhi bhi isme gear aur kick ek saath hai? Bahut badhiya hai ye to , kitne ki li? , and alot more.... I have lots of stories related to that bike which happens.....when you ride it , it feels like a nimbulled , well designed, a balanced design of colur of bike in many parts , with chrome along with matt black colour, and a very powerful , muscled , compact , powerful , machine. The amount of of power and torque delivers it engine in just 293 cc is really really amazing , more than 27 bhp of power in just 293 cc of engine is still is still so far from aal old and new rivals of this category. Highely satisfied with the bike, highely recommended, before buying any other bike must take a test ride of jawa, you will going to amazed.🤩

    Adv Shivam few weeks ago
  • Bike is a best suteble bike and wonderful dangerous bike is called most important things are because very so much i like you jawa bike that so i have been on the other hand and i'm still waiting for your support you want to know about to start your day with my family👪

    Vipin Yadav few weeks ago
  • Have been using jawa 42 for last 4 months and must say this is a fantastic bike.There has been lot of corrections made in bs6 version and must say the bike is great.Looks stunning, Feels great on long rides, Powerfull.

    John John few weeks ago
  • I booked my my Jawa 42 on December 18 2018 and it got delivered on August I have waited for nearly 9 months and its worth the wait I'm proud for being the owner The Iconic Jawa 42😇

    Aravinth Komarasamy few weeks ago
  • I really appreciate and really like this mileage.Wish you a best from my side.I love jawa 42.21 actually iam from manipur n my current posting is in nagland tuensang.

    Shel Tholung few weeks ago
42 User Reviews
  • I booked intercepter 650 colour is Baker Express and as per dealer they will be able to deliver the bike in Jan 2020 end. whatever information I have gather through YouTube videos ... it's looks with minor change which need to be done after delivery.I am looking for better headlight reason being headlight isn't matching what rest of the bike is offering and I believe Thunderbird headlight would have been awesome additions and seat which is not great as per the bike standards.. so looking for seat changes with better qauilty for sure.

    Baljeet Singh few weeks ago
  • Very Good Bike , The money you pay for the vehicle has value. Ride, Breaking are exceptionaly good. What I don't like is the head light which is not powerful and it should be modified. Also tail lamp they should change it to LED. Royal Enfield should come out with mag wheels for this bike.

    Satish Reddy few weeks ago
  • This is the bike that i'm looking for.Was thinking of going for truimp but was still looking for indian bikes.And at last it has arrived.It's a good bike, Classic looks and good for daily riders.

    Sanen Amer few weeks ago
  • The bike is very comfortable it takes instant pick up and is good for long drive and the main thing I have bought these bike because of it's beautiful look .

    Imtiaz Hussain few weeks ago
  • Best one from RE . The engine is well refined and maintenance level is very less. More than enough for my needs . Its an all rounder and is easy to maintain.

    Pranav J few weeks ago
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