Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Comparison

Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Price starts at Rs. 2.15 lakh which is Rs. 59,878 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 Thunderbird 500X is 32 kmpl. In technical specifications, Jawa 42 is powered by 293 cc engine where as Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X is powered by 499 cc engine. Jawa 42 is available in 1 different colours while Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X comes with 1 colours. 53% users have chosen Jawa Motorcycles 42 over Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X in a survey being conducted on zigwheels.com. Compare Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X on the basis of price, specifications & other features.

Engine Type Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, DOHC Single cylinder 4 stroke, air-cooled
Engine Displacement (CC) 293 cc 499 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 27.37 PS 27.57 PS @ 5250 rpm
Torque (Nm@rpm) 28 Nm 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Bore 76 mm
Stroke 65 mm
No Of Cylinders 1 1
Drive Type Chain Drive Chain Drive
Valve Per Cylinder 4
Fuel System
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Compression Ratio 11:1 8.5:1
Engine Immobilizer
Transmission Type Manual Manual
No Of Gears 6 Speed 5-Speed
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Drum Disc
Braking Type
0-60 kmph (sec)
Quarter Mile
Braking (60-0 kmph)
20-80 kmph (kickdown)
30-70 kmph (3rd gear)
40-80 kmph (4th gear)
Braking (80-0 kmph)
Braking (100-0 kmph)
Mileage (City)
Mileage (Highway)
Mileage (Overall) 37 kmpl 32 kmpl
Mileage (ARAI) kmpl
0-100 kmph (sec)
Top Speed (Km/h)
0-160 kmph
Braking 60-0 km/h
Chassis Type
Suspension-Front Telescopic Hydraulic Fork Telescopic forks
Chassis Double Cradle Single Down Tube
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 :-18 inch Rear :-17 inch Front :-19 inch Rear :-18 inch
Tyre Make
Tyre Type Tube Tubeless
Radial Tyre Yes
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Spoke Alloy
Optimum Tyre pressure (Rider) 22 psi
Optimum Tyre Pressure (Rider and Pillion)
Dry Weight
Length*Width*Height 2040*830*1140
Wheelbase(mm) 1369 mm 1350 mm
Length 2040 mm
Ground Clearance (mm) 135 mm
Height 1140 mm
Seat Height 765 mm
Width 830 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 14 L 20 L
Kerb Weight
Total Weight
Tail Light Bulb LED
Front Brake Diameter 280 mm 280 mm
Rear Brake Diameter 153 mm 240 mm
Battery Type
Charging Time
Motor Type
Motor Power
Fast Charging
Head Lamp
Projector head light
Pilot Lamps
LED tail lights
Seat Opening Switch
Boot Light
Turn Signal Lamp Bulb Bulb
Power Modes
Cruise Control
ABS Single Channel Dual Channel
Body Type Cruiser Bikes Cruiser Bikes
Body Graphics
Starting Self Start Only Kick and Self Start
Seat Type Single Split
Pass Switch Yes Yes
Speedometer Analogue Analogue
Handle Type
Tachometer Analogue
Trip Meter Digital
Charging point
Average Fuel economy
Digital Fuel Indicator
Distance to Empty
Low Fuel Warning Lamp
External Fuel Filling
Stand Alarm
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Stepup Seat
Low Oil Indicator
Passenger Footrest
Projector Headlights LED Projector
Passenger Backrest
Carry hook
Underseat storage
Cooling System Liquid Cooled Air Cooled
Console Analogue and Digital Analogue and Digital
Anti Theft Alarm
Shutter Lock
Odometer Digital Digital
Central Locking
Mobile Connectivity No No
Service Due Indicator
Switchable ABS
Keyless Ignition
Standard Warranty (Years)
Standard Warranty (kilometers)

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Q. Which one is better to ride and value for money bike Jawa 42 or Thunderbird 500X - 42 - 42 - 42?
  • Both the Indian legendary motorcycles are not meant to be compared but If you need more power with some modern features the go for the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X whereas if still need a retro look and love to ride you can buy Jawa 42. Read more Jawa 42 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X Comparison:- https://www.zigwheels.com/bike-comparison/jawa-motorcycles-42-vs-royal-enfield-thunderbird-500x
  • Comfortable for city ride definitely Jawa 42. For touring I'd say Thunderbird because if the vast service network and availability of spares plus more comfortable seating for long tours.
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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.
  • Both the bikes are the Indian classic legends and both are not meant to compare if you need a better service network then you can go for Royal Enfiled Classic 350 whereas if you need a more comfortable riding then you can buy Jawa classic. We would suggest you go for the Jawa for better power if you are not a big fan of Royal Enfiled. Read more.Jawa vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 Comparison:- https://www.zigwheels.com/bike-comparison/jawa-motorcycles-jawa-300-vs-royal-enfield-classic-350
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Q. Which bike is better Jawa 42 or Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X in overall performance - 42 - 42 - 42?
  • I'm 46 yr old and I just got many years younger suddenly one day when I saw the retro Jawa bike on the road. I got nostalgic.. It was my father's s bike.. the same legend on which I learnt to ride at a age of around 15 or 16...Is this a new bike or someone has kept the vintage alive..??? Of late I found that the jewell I saw can be bought and it has been relaunched in India once again.Next day I booked 42 nebula blue.. and now after waiting for 5 odd months I own the jewell and I'm loving it...
  • Royal Enfield is an outdated bike, which has not upgraded it's engine since last 30 years. It is not bs 6 complaint. No resell value.
  • Jawa 42 because thunderbird 350x allow wheels are notgood looking and power is not that much.
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