Jawa Motorcycles has been quite active recently and looking at their roadmap, the streak will continue for a while. The company recently introduced Khakhi and Midnight Grey colourways for the Jawa Classic motorcycle and also updated the Classic and Forty Two variants with a more powerful engine among other updates. But what we have here today is something a lot more interesting! Jawa badged Bristol Veloce 500 motorcycles have been spied during a photoshoot op. For the uninitiated, Bristol is a Philippines-based bikemaker and the Veloce 500 is their twin-cylinder equipped motorcycle.
The real story
Jawa might be owned by Classic Legends in India, but the original Czech company is still active as well. It seems like Jawa from the Czech Republic has sort of joined hands with Bristol because the Jawa RVM 500 featured here is just a rebadged version of the Bristol Veloce 500.
As far as looks are concerned, the Bristol Veloce 500 scores 10 on 10. The round LED headlamp unit accompanied by twin-disc setup at the front, make the front end look butch. Being a Scrambler, it comes shod with dual-purpose tyres.
The tank looks like it was sculpted by Michelangelo himself while the radiator shrouds will instantly remind you of the Honda CB300R, another neo-retro beauty. Another visual highlight has to be the dual exhaust setup and the floating fender at the rear.
If it is indeed the same motorcycle underneath, it should derive power from a 471cc parallel-twin engine churning out 47.6hp at 8,500rpm and 43Nm at 6,500rpm. The engine boasts of similar architecture found on Honda’s 500cc lineup.
The Bristol Veloce 500 comes standard with dual front disc brakes, and a single rear disc equipped with ABS. KYB takes care of suspension duties for this bike, and Pirelli dual sport tires wrap the wire-spoked wheels providing an aggressive and rugged aesthetic.
Is it coming to India?
As much as we would like to see this rugged 500cc Scrambler in India being sold under Jawa, the chances are highly unlikely because as we mentioned earlier, the overseas Jawa model lineup is entirely independent of what we get here. We don’t want to end this piece with this huge disappointment. As far as our own Jawa is considered, we will soon get to see the rebirth of Yezdi Roadster, one of the most iconic motorcycles to ever grace our soil, And reportedly, Jawa is also working on an electrified version of its motorcycles.