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Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Comparison

Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Price starts at Rs. 2.86 lakh which is Rs. 1.31 lakh 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 Interceptor 650 is 15 kmpl. In technical specifications, Jawa 42 is powered by 293 cc engine where as Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is powered by 648 cc engine. Jawa 42 is available in 1 different colours while Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 comes with 1 colours. 55% users have chosen Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 over Jawa Motorcycles 42 in a survey being conducted on zigwheels.com. Compare Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 on the basis of price, specifications & other features.

42 vs Interceptor 650 Specs Overview

Specs/Features 42 Double DiscInterceptor 650 STD
Price Rs. 1.64 lakh Rs. 2.86 lakh
Engine Type Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, DOHC 4 Stroke, Air-Oil Cooled, SOHC Engine
Engine Displacement (CC) 293 cc 648 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 27.3 PS 47.65 PS @ 7250 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
0-60 kmph (sec) ... 2.87s
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 Dual Channel Dual Channel
Starting Self Start Only Self Start Only
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Engine Type Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, DOHC 4 Stroke, Air-Oil Cooled, SOHC Engine
Engine Displacement (CC) 293 cc 648 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 27.3 PS 47.65 PS @ 7250 rpm
Torque (Nm@rpm) 28 Nm 52 Nm @ 5250 rpm
Emission Type bs4 bs4
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
Transmission Type Manual Manual
No Of Gears 6 Speed 6-Speed
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
0-60 kmph (sec) ... 2.87s
Quarter Mile ... 14.98 @ 142.69 kmph
Braking (60-0 kmph) ... 16.49m
Braking (80-0 kmph) ... 29.80m
Braking (100-0 kmph) ... 47.21m
Mileage (City) ... 15 kmpl
Mileage (Highway) ... 18 kmpl
Mileage (Overall) 37 kmpl ...
0-100 kmph (sec) ... 6.54s
Braking 60-0 km/h ... 16.49m
Suspension-Front Telescopic Hydraulic Fork Front Fork
Chassis Double Cradle Steel Tubular, Double Cradle Frame
Suspension-Rear Gas Canister - Twin shock hydraulic Twin Coil-Over Shocks
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
Optimum Tyre pressure (Rider) ... 32 psi
Length*Width*Height ... 2122*789*1165
Wheelbase(mm) 1369 mm 1400 mm
Length ... 2122 mm
Ground Clearance (mm) ... 174 mm
Height ... 1165 mm
Seat Height 765 mm 804 mm
Width ... 789 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 14 L 13.7 L
Tail Light Bulb LED
Front Brake Diameter 280 mm 320 mm
Rear Brake Diameter ... 240 mm
LED tail lights ...
Turn Signal Lamp Bulb Bulb
ABS Dual 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 ...
Console Analogue and Digital Analogue and Digital
Odometer Digital Analogue
Mobile Connectivity ...

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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. I am confused in buying Interceptor or Jawa, help me out.
  • 1. --- 24 years ago i have driven old jawa for thousands of KM . It will thrill me every time i touch the handle bar & pump it to alive the engine. The exhaust thump & interval between the next thump cant say in words. Flick & Kick is a wonderful experience . I used to get mileage around 30 kmpl to 35 kmpl. 2.--- Now to coming new jawa . I went test ride new jawa with imaginations & drove more than 210 km i got mileage of 18 kmpl. Engine is powerful till 110 km/hr then it straining to climb speed with vibrations & becomes too noisy .The exhaust sound is like hero splendor bike. There are lots welding visually seen around new jawa . They recreated visibly old jawa . Visually good bike. I didn't get moved or ringed & impressed while riding. 3.-- I owned old bullet 1996 model i used it as a bicycle go everywhere with it. 4.-- Initially when i test drove RE Classic 350 UCE i was upset with engine thump & Rhythm. But the driving experience impressed gave the same pleasure simply same as my old bullet. So i was convinced and purchased a RE Classic 350 UCE engine model and riding till date. 5.-- In addition to it i have purchased interceptor 650 without test driving it . Because the test ride bike & My allotted bike came in same lot went for registration same date . I would say the powerful bike i never owned & Ever manufactured by Royal enfield. my choice was good. I getting mileage around 22 kmpl to 27 kmpl depending upon speed i go.So that's how the new jawa didn't impress me. I never need a bike for visual pleasure.
  • New jawa .I went test ride new jawa with imaginations & drove more than 210 km i got mileage of 18 kmpl. Engine is powerful till 110 km/hr then it straining to climb speed with vibrations & becomes too noisy .The exhaust sound is like hero splendor bike. There are lots welding visually seen around new jawa . They recreated visibly old jawa . Visually good bike. I didn't get moved or ringed & impressed while riding. interceptor 650 i have purchased interceptor 650 without test driving it . Because the test ride bike & My allotted bike came in same lot went for registration same date . I would say the powerful bike i never owned & Ever manufactured by Royal enfield. my choice was good. I getting mileage around 22 kmpl to 27 kmpl depending upon speed i go.So that's how the new jawa didn't impress me. I never need a bike for visual pleasure.
  • If you can afford a budget of 3L, then go for Interceptor 650...miles ahead then the Jawa..plus it is a 650 CC parallel twin, you will enjoy the level of refinement this engine offers with almost zero vibrations. Compared to jawa, this motorcycle is extremely stable in its mid range. Only when u redline it, you can feel a bit of vibes in the foot pegs, but the vibrations are nothing compared to the other REs and not something that will bother you in high speed
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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 can vouch for the comfort that Himalayan has to offer since I have taken it to places where most other bikes would just give up. Even on tarmac the soft sprung suspension of the Himalayan is much more comfortable than the Interceptor. However, the thrill that you experience riding the Interceptor is a whole new experience . Take a test ride of both & decide for yourself . Or just wait for a few months as RE should be launching the Himalayan 650 by the end of this year & that would surely be one hell of a machine.
  • I have Interceptor, when I Test Drove Himalayan, I felt has a better riding posture & comfort, seats are best. Interceptor is for those who love the mean machines for sheer power & pickup above 90Kmph, you will get a great tremendous performance. Interceptor is a highway performer and on some rough roads. I believe Himalayan is a great package as all rounder for that price. Latest BS-4 is of great build quality. If you want a best comfort in a bike and not looking for more speed greater than 90 Kmph smoothly, then Himalayan is great. Interceptor is a blend of power & performance and a heavy weight sports champion. My suggestion is for your height, stature and your body build, you need to take a sincere unbiased test drive of both of these on a longer ride, forget the others reviews on the internet when you do a test drive and buy which suits you well, keeping in mind what exactly you want. That will give you peace of mind.
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