Jawa Perak Review – The Affordable Bobber Experience
This Jawa Perak review reveals top features, mileage, specs, price, performance details, and a lot more about the affordable bobber.
The segment of retro-themed entry-level roadsters has seen a lot of action in recent years, which saw a single-handed reign of Royal Enfield Classic 350 for a long time. When Jawa re-entered the Indian two-wheeler market back in 2018, nobody expected that it had a wonderful surprise for Indian motoring enthusiasts hidden in its kitty – the Perak.
The beautiful single seat Jawa Perak is the current flagship motorcycle from Jawa, and is positioned as a very niche product for those who appreciate style and design over anything else. The Jawa Perak is being offered in India in a single variant, and is available in a sole paint shade of matte black.
At Rs. 1,97,487 for the single variant in which it is available, the Jawa Perak offers an excellent value for money proposition for all the star-like exclusive appearance it possesses.
|Model||Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Jawa Perak||Rs 1,97,487|
Engine and Specifications
Compared to the smaller 293cc engine of the other motorcycles from Jawa, the Jawa Perak comes fitted with a four-stroke, inline-four, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 334cc engine. Coupled to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine is basically a bored out version of the same 293cc engine of the Jawa 42, which results in better performance outputs. The power and torque figures of the Jawa Perak are rated at 30.64 PS and 32.74 Nm respectively.
|Engine type||4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine|
|Engine displacement||334 cc|
|Maximum power||30.64 PS|
|Maximum torque||32.74 Nm|
|Gearbox||6-speed constant mesh|
|Engine start||Electric start|
|Fuel capacity||14 liters|
The Jawa Perak is a performance-oriented machine that has more focus on style over substance. Still, with a fuel efficiency of 34.05 kmpl for the 30.64 PS 334cc engine, the Jawa Perak is surely an economic motorcycle for its segment.
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Handling and Braking
While the Jawa Perak screams attention with its styling, the mechanical setup of the motorcycle under the skin is quite humble. The bobber comes equipped with upside-down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a 7-step adjustable monoshock at the rear. The Perak is the only motorcycle from Jawa currently to feature a monoshock at the rear. The braking duties are taken care of by disc brakes at both the ends, which do further get the assistance of ABS as standard.
|Front suspension||Upside down hydraulic telescopic forks|
|Rear suspension||7-step adjustable monoshock|
|Front brake||2 x 310mm petal disc|
|Rear brake||240mm disc|
Tyres and Wheels
Like most of the bobber motorcycles of the world, the Jawa Perak too rides on a bigger front wheel – 18 inch at the front, compared to a 17-inch wheel at the rear. The Jawa Perak comes fitted with a 100/90-18 tyre at the front and a 140/70-17 tyre at the rear. At 175 kgs, the Jawa Perak is neither too light, nor too heavy, which perfectly suits its demeanor. The single-piece seat which the Jawa Perak comes adorned with is set at a height of 750mm.
|Tyre size (front)||100/90-18|
|Tyre size (rear)||140/70-17|
|Wheel size (front)||18-inch|
|Wheel size (rear)||17-inch|
|Kerb weight||175 kg|
|Seat Height||750 mm|
The only color option currently offered in the Jawa Perak is a dark shade of matte black, which comes with golden highlights on the fuel tank as well as side body panels.
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Design and Features
When it comes to sheer visual appeal, there is no other motorcycle that comes to Jawa Perak, at least in the price bracket and segment to which it belongs. The traditional bobber design is one sure-shot attention grabber and manages to turn heads wherever it goes, or even at standstill.
From the front, the Jawa Perak looks exactly as the standard Jawa, with a round headlamp encased in a teardrop-shaped headlamp cowl. Just from the sides of the headlamp cowl, the hydraulic shock absorbers emerge. The small orange-colored turn indicators are mounted quite lower to the headlamp.
The teardrop design effect can further be seen on the fuel tank of the Jawa Perak as well, which comes adorned with three thin horizontal stripes with a Jawa logo in the middle. Then comes the star highlight of the overall package – the single piece hanging type curved tan-colored seat, which is fitted to the chassis on one side, just adjacent to the fuel tank. A complete black theme has been executed for the engine, spoke wheels at both the ends and the twin exhausts – one on either side – which emerge from the single-cylinder engine.
The side body panels, shaped in triangular form with curved edges, are mounted quite lower and on the extended form of the frame, and hide the tilted monoshock between them, just below the seat. Coming back to the seat, it gets nice and premium-looking silver finish underneath it, and ends up with a small round tail lamp incorporated at its back. The rear of the Jawa Perak has been kept quite simple and minimalist, yet classy in its appearance, with a large curved rear fender over the rear wheel and a license plate holder at its rear most end.
The Jawa Perak gets an almost flat handlebar which comes adorned with round rear view mirrors at either ends of the handlebar. The switchgear feels nicely finished and also comes with pass flasher and engine kill switch, in addition to the conventional controls. The small round-shaped all analogue instrument console sits in the middle of the headlamp cowl at the top. It shows simple-looking all analogue dials for speedometer, fuel gauge and odometer, however, the unconventional placement and movement of the dials are hard to read while on the go.
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Right now, there is no other small capacity bobber available in the Indian two-wheeler market in the same space as that of the Jawa Perak. The next bobber comes in the form of Triumph Bonneville Bobber, which is priced significantly higher and is much more powerful and premium over the Jawa Perak. However, there are some other motorcycles in the market which offer similar levels of retro appeal as that of the Perak, like Honda H’ness CB350, Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Benelli Imperiale – all of which are two-seater motorcycles, though.
With its positioning as a single-seater motorcycle, the Jawa Perak cannot be your ideal everyday motorcycle, as it compromises on the pillion comfort, or the absolute lack of it. Instead of using it as a primary motorcycle, one can ride it for the occasional ‘me-time’, and in that direction, the Jawa Perak is an absolute classy motorcycle to have your eyes on.
The Jawa Perak is one attention grabber, there is no doubt about it, and the all-black theme surely gives it a much liked dark appeal. It is one motorcycle that focuses more on form over function, and with that intention, it is an absolute design masterpiece.