Jawa 500cc adventure motorcycle debuts as the rebadged Bristol Venturi 500

Jawa 500cc adventure motorcycle. Hat tip for the Mahindra Mojo Riders Club.

Neither the Jawa brand adventure bike nor its Scrambler sibling will be launched in India

A few days ago, pictures of a Jawa-branded scrambler had gone viral in the motorcycle community. This Jawa branded 500cc motorcycle was essentially a renamed Bristol Veloce 500. Bristol is a Philippines-based motorcycle manufacturer that has some sort of deal with Jawa, the original brand from the Czech Republic.

This bike has no relationship with the Jawa motorcycles manufactured and sold in India by Classic Legends, a company supported by Mahindra & Mahindra. The Indian company bought the rights to the Jawa brand in India and launched its first motorcycle in 2018. The bicycle manufacturer currently has three products that are exclusively made in India. These are Jawa, Forty-Two, and Perak.

Now, back to the original Czech company, Jawa would like to expand its presence throughout Europe and will therefore expand its product range by introducing new models in the near future. Another such model is the Bristol Venturi 500, which was also introduced in Lithuania, Europe. Venturi is an adventure bike and is based on the same architecture and engine as the Veloce 500.


The latest pictures from Jawa Lithuania show both the adventure bike and its scrambler siblings side by side. While Jawa calls its version of the scrambler “RVR 500”, the Adventure Tourer is probably called “RVM 500” as it says on the motorcycle’s fuel tank. Apart from the frame and engine, both bikes have a lot in common in terms of equipment and design.

Jawa 500cc adventure motorcycleJawa 500cc adventure motorcycle. Image – Jawa Lithuania

RVM 500 looks almost identical to Venturi 500 and only differs in the paintwork and the stickers. It gets a traditional beak and a tall windshield like modern adventure motorcycles. The front of the bike has a familiar look from the BMW G310GS. It shows a V-shaped headlight and a muscular fuel tank at the front, while the rear section receives a luggage rack and a rear wheel cover.

Jawa 500cc adventure motorcycleJawa 500cc adventure motorcycle

In contrast to the Veloce 500, the RVM 500 has a split seat and the double exhaust pipes are housed in a single canister. However, the adventure bike rides on exactly the same 18-inch front and 16-inch rear wire-spoke rims with Metzeler tubeless tires with a block pattern. Both motorcycles even get a similar handlebar.

Mechanical specifications

The RVM 500 delves deeply into its special features and is supported by a dual-beam steel frame in diamond shape, which is suspended at the front on inverted telescopic forks and at the rear on a Mono-Shock from KYB. The braking tasks are carried out by double discs at the front and a single disc at the rear, which are supported by a two-channel ABS from Nissin. Further features are a fully digital instrument console and a USB charging port.

Jawa Europe also offers the Jawa Classic made in IndiaJawa Europe also offers the Jawa Classic made in India

The RVM 500 adventure bike is powered by the same liquid-cooled parallel twin motor with a displacement of 471 cm³ that is also offered in the Veloce 500. This engine develops 47 hp at 8,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 43 Nm at 6,500 rpm and is equipped with a 6-inch motor -speed transmission. Internationally, this motorcycle competes against Benelli TRK 502 and Honda CB500X.

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