We spend time with India’s mostaffordable Bobber
Jawa showed a brave face by launching the Perak, a factory custom motorcycle which followed a unique genre of motorcycles, the bobbers. We ride the Perak to find out whether it ticks all the right boxes
The bobber scene emerged around the 1930s when people starting stripping excess metal from their motorcycles. The process was referred to as a ‘bob-job’. All this was done to reduce weight from the otherwise heavy bikes all in a bid to go faster most of the times. A lot of people also didn’t quite like so much bodywork on bikes and hence this genre was born.
The Indian motorcycle scene these days is a constantly evolving one and by the day we are seeing new genres emerging. One such genre is the bobber. Triumph was the first to launch a bobber in the country and then came the Jawa Perak. Needless to say, the Perak is a lot more affordable at Rs 1.97 lakh.
THE PERAK THEN IS A BIKE FOR A ‘STAG’; A KIND OF PERSON WHO RIDES SOLO AND DOES NOT GO OUT ON LONG RIDES
The bike comes with a shortened fender up front to which a plastic cladding is added to save the rider from splashes. Practical stuff and removable if you so desire. There is a rather meaty 100/90 tyre shod on 18in spoke wheels up front. The headlight nacelle remains identical to the Jawa and hence it continues to illuminate using a halogen bulb. The nacelle also houses the single pod instrument panel which comprises of a speedo, odo and fuel gauge plus tell-tale lights. The speedo is not exactly ergonomically positioned. Hence the rider will not be able to confirm speeds while the needle hovers between the 60 and 120kmph mark. In profile the Perak looks a million bucks. The 14-litre fuel tank looks great and the single hinged seat gives a floating design feel. The side panels gel well with the all black theme and then there is the rear section which makes the bike look like a hard tail. Jawa went all the way to give the bike this look and hiding under the seat is a monoshock. Overall the bike looks brilliant from a distance. But look closely and you will be able to spot a few blemishes. Things like the pinstriping, cabling, etc. could have been done better.
One of the most common questions we get asked is whether a pillion seat can be added to the Jawa Perak. Please try and understand that pillion seats were never envisaged for bobbers. The same is the case with the Jawa Perak. However in our country anything is possible and after market guys will bolt on a second seat for you. Although we strongly recommend