BS6 – or perhaps BS-VI – has been the most widely used term in the Indian automotive industry as of 2020. And why not, after all, this was the year the government enforced these stringent emission standards for the manufacturers to comply. More importantly, this has been the year where each and every manufacturer – be it a carmaker or a bike-maker – had to evaluate and update all of their products to meet the deadline. In this process, many manufacturers took an exit and bid adieu to the Indian automotive industry, while others stayed and updated their products. Some manufacturers also discontinued their entire line-up and are now making a comeback by launching each of their vehicles one after the after. In conclusion, it has been a rather gruelling year.
Meanwhile, Jawa had a task to update only two of its vehicles to meet the BS-VI emission criteria. While the Jawa Standard and 42 were compliant with the former BS-IV emission standards, the Perak, from day one, was compliant with the newest norms. Therefore, Jawa bikes had its work cut out well before the April 2020 deadline of updating its vehicles to match the new emissions criteria.
Currently, there’s no news of any upcoming motorcycle from Jawa, not even of any spy shots circulating around the internet. This means the Jawa BS-VI line-up is and will be, for the near future consist of only these three products. So, here’s the complete lowdown of what each and every Jawa motorcycle has on offer in the BS-VI era.
1. Jawa 42
Starting with the entry-level model from Jawa’s line-up, the 42 is, of course, a retro-modern motorcycle. It is also quite a rugged motorcycle. Some of its design highlights include a classic round headlamp, round side mirrors, a round cluster that is mounted on the right side of the low placed handlebar and a sleek tail lamp, which, in turn, complements the overall classic appeal of this motorcycle.
The 42 comes powered by a 293cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor, which churns out 27bhp of power and 28Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. We’ve ridden the Jawa 42 in our extensive review and we concluded that the retro motorcycle is a good overall package, which comes with a pretty responsive engine and a striking design. However, it could do more with seat comfort and engine refinement, but those are the only quirks of the Jawa 42.
2. Jawa Standard
When the Standard first made its debut, it was the flagship offering from Jawa motorcycles in India. Like its other siblings, the Jawa Standard, too, features a retro 50s design, replete with a round headlamp at the front, chrome side mirrors, chrome finished fuel tank. Another nifty touch is the use of gold paint for the spoke wheels on the maroon shade, which really makes the Standard all the more compelling than most of the retro-modern offerings in the space.
Like the 42, the Standard also comes powered by a 293cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor, which churns out 27bhp of power and 28Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. As a result, it also rides very nicely since the engine has very nice power delivery. However, in this case, too, the engine could use a bit more refinement.
3. Jawa Perak
Last but not the least, the Jawa Perak is currently the maker’s flagship offering for the Indian market. Unlike both its siblings, the Perak is a bobber, which means it has a low and long stance, reminiscent of much older and expensive motorcycles.
It is also a single-seater and has some unique design elements like a floating seat, bar-end mirrors, chopped fenders, and stubby exhaust mufflers.
Powering the Perak is a 334cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine which develops 30bhp and 31Nm of torque. We have yet to test the Jawa Perak and its slightly larger-capacity engine. However, going by the track record of Jawa Motorcycles, the Perak should supposedly offer a very nice blend of performance and ride quality. We just hope the engine has been tuned to be more refined than in its smaller siblings. Also, read the latest bike comparisons, only at autoX.