Buying a Used Jawa Forty Two? We list the pros and cons

Jawa Classic and Jawa Forty Two were launched in 2018 and managed to capture the imagination of modern classic motorcycle enthusiasts in India. Both the motorcycles were direct rivals of Royal Enfield’s range of 350 cc motorcycles. Jawa Forty Two in particular looks to be part of a modern classic and is affordable as well, if you are looking to buy a used model. But before you do that, here is a list of pros and cons of buying a used Jawa Forty Two that you can check out.


(The Forty Two gets the same engine as the standard Jawa, which is a 293 cc single-cylinder unit that makes 28 Bhp and 27 Nm)


  1. The Jawa Forty Two gets a beautiful modern classic design, complete with a retro instrument pod, classic lines, old school design and dual exhaust.
  2. The 293 cc engine on the BS4 model makes 28 bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque, which means that the power on tap is higher than that of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 (the previous generation model). Apart from this, Jawa is also much lighter than the Classic 350. This means you will not be disappointed for the performance.
  3. The later models also get single and dual channel ABS, which is always a nice feature on the motorcycle.


(Java Forty Two’s design is slightly different from standard Java)


  1. The suspension on the Jawa Forty Two is tight. So, it may not be as comfortable on broken roads.
  2. Jawa has limited sales and service contact points across the country, which means parts availability may not be as quick and turnaround times for servicing may be slightly longer than other brands.
  3. Jawa Forty Two does not have a kickstart option, which might be a deterrent for some buyers.

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