Let us give you some facts before we answer that question. As far as official bookings go, the Jawa Jawa is winning the race, and handsomely at that. And not just that. It's the traditional Jawa maroon which has the lion's share of bookings as of now.
Now to answer the crucial question - Jawa or Forty Two? As we have told you through the course of this article, both these motorcycles are near identical when it comes to ride, handling, performance, or even comfort or ease of riding. And even though the Jawa is more expensive, it doesn't get any additional features or tech.
But, it does get more chrome. And that costs money. The chrome you see on the tank and even on the fuel injection cover, isn't a cheaply done item either. Add to it the gloss finish, and the Jawa parked next to the Forty Two does look richer, more upmarket, and more desirable.
The Forty Two then, is for those who want a younger, more hep looking motorcycle. And, of course, don't believe all that chrome is worth the additional monies.
Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi