Jawa Motorcycles India unveiled the Perak bobber back in November 2018 alongside the launch of the popular Jawa 42 and Jawa (or Jawa Classic). After a year from its official debut, the Czech-origin brand under Classic Legends (owned by Mahindra group) launched the Jawa Perak at Rs 1.94 lakh ex-showroom.
Bookings for the rather unique motorcycle have started and the booking amount stands at Rs 10,000. Deliveries start in April 2020. This is double the amount Jawa charged for booking their earlier two motorcycles, namely Jawa and 42. It is not clear why Jawa increased booking amount from Rs 5k to Rs 10k.
The Jawa Perak is already on showcase across various dealerships in the country and some outlets even offer test rides of the same. With its bobber-style design, the Perak opens a new door of desirability while not being the best at practicality (thanks to the single-seat configuration and relatively longer body). However, the company expects the motorcycle to become a niche player in the Indian market with no direct rivals. In fact, the Jawa Perak is the only and most affordable single-cylinder bobber available in the country.
Alongside dealership showcases and ahead of deliveries, Jawa Motorcycles India is actively conducting road tests of the Perak while noting down critical user feedback from potential customers and dealerships. By April 2020, the company plans to iron out almost every problem usually associated with a brand-new product on the market.
The month of April 2020 also marks the beginning of the mandatory implementation of BS6 emission norms and the Perak is the first motorcycle from the brand to be compliant with the updated emission standards. Powering the Jawa Perak is a 334cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, bored out from the 293cc unit of the other two Jawa products. The increased displacement helps the Perak push out 30bhp and 31Nm of torque while the Jawa 42 and Jawa Classic are good for 27bhp and 28Nm. All three motorcycles come with a 6-speed gearbox.
As mentioned before, the primary highlight of the Jawa Perak is its design. Bobber motorcycles are relatively uncommon on the Indian market and the popular names other than the Perak are the Triumph Bonneville Bobber and Indian Scout Bobber, which roughly cost more than 5x or 6x the price of the Jawa Perak. Hence, bobber fans in India are finally able to purchase a motorcycle of their taste without having to shell out over Rs 10 lakh ex-showroom.
Even though the Jawa Perak has not got a rival worthy enough to challenge its appeal, the pricing puts it in a bracket dominated by the likes of Royal Enfield products. The Benelli Imperiale 400 also joins the party even though it can never match the sales figures attained by Royal Enfield models.
Jawa Motorcycles India has gone through some rough phases since its debut in the country on account of unreasonable waiting periods and product niggles. With the Jawa Perak and the new range of BS6-compliant 42 and Classic, the company hopes to avoid such concerns.