The Jawa 42 Bobber is the only factory Bobber motorcycle in affordable price ranges, with the base price starting at Rs 2.15 lakh, ex-showroom. Jawa has launched a new Black Mirror edition of the motorcycle, priced at Rs 2.25 lakh, ex-showroom, and unlike every other special edition recently, this one gets mechanical changes for improved performance – more on this later.
First we must talk about the name – it has nothing to do with the TV show depicting a grim future, instead it is a reference to the gorgeous mirror-like chrome finish on the top half of the tank, and matte black dominating the rest of the motorcycle. Apart from the colour, there are a few other cosmetic changes such as redesigned gear and engine covers and a new set of diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Coming to the crux of the matter, the mechanical changes, which start with a much larger throttle body, measuring 38mm as opposed to the previous 33mm one. The idling rpm has been lowered to 1,350 from 1,500. To complement these changes, there’s a brand-new fuel map for the Black Mirror.
Rest of the engine remains the same, with the 334cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor pumping out 29.9PS and 32.7Nm, sent to the ground via a six-speed transmission and an assist-and-slipper clutch.
The only reasonable competition to the Jawa 42 Bobber is the Royal Enfield Meteor 350.