Jawa is scheduled to launch the Perak in India on 15 November. When it arrives, the motorcycle will directly go up against the Royal Enfield Classic 500. We take a look at how the two motorcycles will fare against each other.
In terms of design, the Jawa Perak is completely unique thanks to its ‘70s bobber-inspired styling. While the front end is similar to the standard Jawa, the Perak sports a tan-leather ‘floating’ seat with a monoshock underneath for a classic hardtail look. The bike’s round tail lamp is also mounted on the seat whereas the turn indicators feature on either side of the fender. Moreover, the Perak sports all blacked-out components that lend it a dark custom look.
On the other hand, the Royal Enfield Classic 500’s styling is similar to its highest-selling sibling, the Classic 350. While the standard Classic 500 is adorned in chrome, the Stealth Black version is, well, completely black. It sports a matte black paint scheme along with blacked-out engine, wheels, exhaust and other components.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 is powered by a 499cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled motor that is good for 27.2bhp of power and 41.3Nm of torque. It comes mated to a five-speed gearbox.
Meanwhile, the Jawa Perak will use a bored version of the standard Jawa’s 293cc engine. This unit displaces 334cc and produces 30bhp of power and 31Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox.
The two motorcycles share similar braking hardware with single discs at both ends with dual-channel ABS. Suspension duties at the front are also similar as the Classic 500 and Perak use telescopic fork. It is at the rear that things change. While the Royal Enfield comes with twin shocks, the Jawa Perak rides on a single-monoshock at the rear.
Given that the Perak uses the same tank as the other models, it will offer a fuel-tank capacity of 14-ltres. On the other hand, the Royal Enfield Classic 500 gets a slightly smaller, 13.5-litre fuel tank.
Well apart from the dual-channel ABS, the Royal Enfield Classic 500 and Jawa Perak lack modern features. They come equipped with analogue speedometers and fuel gauges. However, the Perak will get an LCD display for odometer unlike the analogue unit on the Classic 500.
Jawa had announced the pricing of the Perak last year, pegging it at Rs 1.89 lakhs. However, we expect the manufacturer to tweak that number and retail the bobber-styled motorcycle at a slightly higher price. As for the Royal Enfield Classic 500, you can get the standard model for Rs 2.02 lakhs and the Stealth Black version for Rs 2.04 lakhs. (All prices ex-showroom)