Back in the 1950s, Jawa (pronounced ‘Java’) exported its motorcycles to over 120 countries. While the originally Czech brand’s production went down in the following decades, it saw a revival when Mahindra’s Classic Legends acquired the its Indian rights a couple of years back.
Jawa still currently makes overseas models unrelated to the classically styled machines sold in India. One such model is the recently unveiled RVM 500 Scrambler. The release of this bike coincides with the first anniversary of the launch of the Jawa RVM 500, a 471cc parallel-twin-powered adventure bike.
Does this platform and release schedule ring a bell? Maybe this scrambler’s looks will be familiar to you as well, as it bears more than a striking resemblance to Bristol’s Veloce 500. Judging by the pictures alone, the RVM 500 Scrambler and the Veloce are almost identical, save for the branding on the fuel tank.
Compare the Jawa and the Bristol side-by-side, and it’ll be hard to spot any significant differences. Both feature the exact same styling, a single-sided swingarm, spoked wheels, an inverted fork, petal-shaped brake rotors, a dual-exit exhaust, a one-piece seat, a skid plate, and more.
The most likely case with these doppelganger bikes is that Jawa and Bristol have some sort of agreement or partnership to sell the same bike in different territories under separate brands.
Based on how the two motorcycles look 99% identical on the outside, it’s highly probable that their tech specs read the same as well. In Bristol configuration, the 471cc parallel-twin motor makes 46.9hp at 8,500rpm and 43Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear through a chain final drive, Nissin brakes rein in the bike’s speed, and suspension duties are handled by an inverted KYB fork and a single rear shock.
With motorcycle partnerships and rebadging on the rise, it’s very likely that we’ll see more bikes like this one popping up all over the world.
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