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Royal Enfield Classic 350 Vs Jawa 42: Specification Comparison

Indians have always had a huge fascination for retro-styled commuters, so much so that these possessions mean a lot more than just a bike. Indicative of customer’s emotions with these bikes is the tonnes of customized accessories that are available in the market, though the Royal Enfield has been the sole representative of the segment for some time now, the arrival of brands like Jawa has definitely meant that the competition has got a lot stiffer.

2020 Royal enfield classic 350 vs jawa 42

This article aims at comparing how well the Jawa 42 (which we believe is a direct competitor up against RE’s most famous offering, Classic 350) weighs up against RE’s most significant offering.



Weight (kg)

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Height (mm)

RE Classic 350





Jawa 42





While the length, width and height stand at almost similar value, the weight difference between the two comes across as the stand-out highlight of the table, and it is a critical factor that comes into consideration as far as power delivery is concerned.

Engine Options

Bike/Engine Traits

RE Classic 350

Jawa 42

Engine Displacement

346 cc, air-cooled unit

293 cc, liquid-cooled unit


20.07 PS

26.51 PS


28 Nm

27.05 Nm


5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Fuel Efficiency (claimed)

40 kmpl

37 kmpl

Compression Ratio




  • As the table suggests, Jawa 42 gets a smaller engine but fares much better in terms of performance output. It also gets a 6-speed manual gearbox in comparison to Classic 350’s 5-speed gearbox.
  • The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency figures of both the bikes stand at a similar figure close to 40 kmpl, which is a decent number, considering the price segment.
  • Also as mentioned in the dimensions chart, Jawa 42 weighs a substantial 23 kilograms lesser than RE Classic 350, which when combined with higher power output, translates into a higher power-to-weight ratio, which means that Jawa 42 feels more responsive and performs better by churning out a higher power equivalent per kilogram of weight. 



RE Classic 350

Jawa 42

Braking System

Dual-Channel ABS

Dual-Channel ABS







Engine Start

Electric and Kick-start

Electric start only

Instrumentation console


Semi Digital

Engine Kill Switch




classic 350 vs jawa 42: specification and features

  • If you are planning to buy either one of them, you cannot really hope for a feature fest, as both of them sport only very basic features like electric engine start and engine kill switch.
  • Jawa 42 will not come across as a feature-loaded bike in isolation, it just manages to weigh up well against RE Classic 350, thanks to inclusions like semi-digital instrumentation cluster (Digital Odometer).
  • It is good to see that both these bikes are being offered with dual-channel ABS.



RE Classic 350

Jawa 42


Single Downtube

Double Cradle

Front Suspension


Telescopic Hydraulic Fork

Rear Suspension

Twin gas-charged shock absorbers

Twin-shock hydraulic

Front Brake

280 mm disc

280 mm disc with floating callipers

Rear Brake

153 mm disc brakes

153 mm disc brakes

Front Tyre



Rear Tyre




royal enfield classic price

  • As far as the underpinnings are concerned, it is good to see that both the bikes are being offered with front and rear disc brakes on offer, with the top trim on both the bikes.
  • While both the Classic 350 and Jawa 42 get similar section tyres on the front, Jawa 42 is offered with wider section tyres on the rear end, which can be expected to offer a better grip on the road.



RE Classic 350

Jawa 42

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs 1.61 – 1.86 lakh

Rs 1.63-1.77 Lakhs


  • Though there is not a significant difference between the introductory price of the two, RE Classic 350 is offered at a marginally cheaper price tag.
  • We believe, this parameter again is advantage Jawa 42, with the top dual-channel ABS-equipped trim retailing at a price of around Rs 9,000 less than its Royal Enfield Counterpart. 

Note: It is important to note that the pricing of both bikes changes according to the different city and colour option. 


 While the Royal Enfield has been the dream ride for a majority of Indian bike buyers for the past few decades now, the last couple of years have witnessed an exponential shoot in the popularity of Royal Enfield.

Unfortunately, it has been sad to see that the quality levels and features on offers have not improved even with the boosted sales,  which gives a sense of recklessness towards customer’s conscience. However, it is great to see that redemption of a popular brand like Jawa, with a promising Jawa 42 which looks good on paper.

Royal Enfield for sure has a lot of nostalgia attached with its name. However, we believe that Jawa 42 comes across as a really worthy competitor with good quality levels, more features on offer, a powerful engine, modern underpinnings and gearbox and seriously should be considered before the Classic 350 especially if service network will not be a matter of concern.