Bullet Vs Jawa: Which one’s better and why?
Are you planning to buy a pocket-friendly cruiser? And are you confused between Royal Enfield Bullets and the Jawa? Here’s a comparative analysis that might help you solve the confusion.
Bullets and Jawas have become a synonym for cruisers in India. It is just not because they are accessible to the middle class but also because they meet the technical specifications required for cruising.
Now here’s the catch: which one is better?
The appearance and the driving experience of Bullets and Jawas differ from rider to rider.
So, any arguments on these parameters become pointless. When it comes to technical specifications, the core factor to consider would be the differences how the engine is cooled.
Engine cooling technique: When the engine burns fuel, it gets heated. To avoid breakage, it has to be cooled. There are two ways of doing that: using air and using liquid. Liquid coolants are a mixture of water, antifreeze and rust preventive chemicals. There are also high-efficiency liquid coolants that do not contain any water.
Royal Enfield 350 bullet has an air cooled engine and Jawa forty two has a liquid cooled engine. What does that mean?
Bikes with liquid-cooled engines are smoother and have a longer engine life compared to air-cooled engines. Due to the smoothness (less friction), for a given CC, liquid-cooled engines generate more power and torque, which is the crux of a cruiser.
Torque is directly proportional to the pulling capacity of the bike. So, if you are cruising in mountain terrains, then Jawa should be preferred. (Jawa forty two can generate 27 bhp and bullet 350 can generate a power of 19.8 bhp).
Liquid-cooled engines have better temperature control. So, for cross country touring, bullets are preferred.
But wait. Let’s not immediately conclude that liquid-cooled engines are better. The downside of such engines is that they come with a heavy maintenance cost. The coolant needs to be changed for every 10,000 kms. Liquid-cooled engines occupy more space and they are not as fuel-efficient as the air-cooled ones.
Now let’s come to weight. Greater weight helps generate greater torque. So, if the pulling capacity (torque) of the bike is your priority over speed, then you need to opt for the bullet.
So, let’s compare the basics:
Now, which one would you choose? It entirely depends upon the purpose.