Jawa Perak: Same Price, Other Options
Everything from an adventure tourer to a sportsbike and more
[UPDATE: The Jawa Perak BS6 specifications have been updated. It is slightly torquier than before and you can read all about it here.]
Jawa’s recently launched Perak is the most affordable bobber in the country at Rs 1.94 lakh. It sports an upsized 334cc version of the 293cc motor seen in the Jawa and Forty Two, while also giving you the unmistakable single-seat bobber look. But if this genre of motorcycles isn’t quite your cup of tea, we’ve got some alternatives at a similar price. The list includes everything from an adventure tourer to a naked streetfighter to a sportsbike and more. So let’s take a closer look.
Royal Enfield Classic 500
If you want the retro look but require a pillion seat as well, Royal Enfield’s Classic 500 is a great option to consider. Priced at Rs 2,02,046, the Classic has an old-school charm with its round headlight and bulbous fuel tank. It also gets fuel injection and dual-channel ABS, unlike its smaller 350 sibling which has to make do with a carburettor and single-channel ABS. The 499cc air-cooled motor in the Classic churns out 27.57PS and a healthy 41.3Nm.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet
If you want to keep going even after the road ends, the Chennai manufacturer’s stable also includes one of India’s most-affordable adventure tourers. Priced at Rs 1,82,787, the Himalayan Sleet is a capable dual-purpose motorcycle. Thanks to its long-travel suspension, high ground clearance and 21/17-inch front-rear wheel combo, it can tackle tough terrains with ease. Its SOHC 411cc motor is relatively vibe-free and puts out a reasonable 24.83PS and 32Nm. The Sleet variant also gets decent luggage carrying capacity, further enhancing its long-distance appeal.
Bajaj Dominar 400
Another good long distance bike in this price range is the Bajaj Dominar 400. While the bike did have some shortcomings when it was first launched, this second generation Dominar has ironed out most of the earlier kinks. Output from the 373.2cc motor has increased considerably to 40PS and 35Nm and the excellent LED headlight lets you keep going even after sunset. The Dominar is a comfortable motorcycle to be on and at Rs 1,90,002, it is slightly cheaper than the Perak as well.
KTM 250 Duke ABS
For those of you who want to stand out and make a statement, the KTM 250 Duke is the most aggressively styled motorcycle here. With its bright orange paint job and long, sharp tank extensions, this is an intentful looking streetfighter. It’s quite fast too, with its 248.8cc motor pumping out 29.91PS and 24Nm. It also gets a KTM signature steel trellis frame, making this a sharp handling motorcycle. It is marginally more expensive than the Perak, though, with the single-channel ABS variant priced at Rs 1,97,248.
Honda CBR 250R ABS
If a fully-faired motorcycle is what you’re looking for, the Honda CBR 250R might be to your liking. Having been around for eight years now, this is a tried and tested package and it continues to be a decent sports tourer even today. Its 249.6cc motor is extremely smooth and produces 26.5PS and 22.9Nm while Honda also gives you the safety net of dual-channel ABS. The riding position is sporty yet comfortable, though at Rs 1,95,900, the CBR is marginally more expensive than the Jawa.
*all prices ex-showroom