Bobber Jawa 650cc based on Bristol to compete with Royal Enfield
After a scrambler and Adv, Jawa Europe could plan to add a bobber to its portfolio as well
From observations of Jawa branded versions of Bristol motorcycles, it is evident that the two entities have some form of agreement between them. Bristol Motorcycles is a Philippines based company that manufactures several bikes in the 250cc to 650cc segment.
Bristol Motorcycles is barely three years old and started operations in 2018. The Jawa-Bristol deal could be something similar to what Jawa has with Classic Legends backed by Mahindra selling Jawa motorcycles in the Indian market.
Bristol Bobber based Jawa 650 – key features
Previously we had seen rebadged versions of Bristol Veloce 500 and Bristol Venturi 500. In their Jawa branded versions they are called RVR500 and RVM500 respectively. While Veloce is a scrambler, Venturi appears as an Adv motorcycle. Original Bristol and their rebadged Jawa versions are largely the same. This is probably the case with Bristol Bobber as well.
Speaking of the Bristol Bobber 650, the bike sports a retro look and feel. Some key features include a round headlight and mirrors, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, turn signals and taillight, one-piece seat, and wide rear fender.
The use of wire wheels further enhances the retro taste of the motorcycle. The handlebars are placed in an ergonomic position, which should ensure comfortable rides for most users. Customers can choose from black, dark gray, light gray, and red color options.
For European markets, Jawa-branded Bristol Bobber could get a new set of color options. Another likely change could relate to engine emissions. As Europe currently follows Euro 5 emission standards, the bicycle must comply with these standards. If emission standards in the Philippines do not match Euro 5 standards, the engine and exhaust system may need to be modified accordingly.
Bristol Bobber engine and specifications
The Bristol Bobber is powered by a liquid-cooled, 8-valve, twin DOHC parallel engine. It is capable of generating 69 hp of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 62 Nm of maximum torque at 7,000 rpm. It is coupled to a 6-speed transmission.
The bike is 2,245mm in length, 940mm in width, 1,040mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,505mm. The seat height and ground clearance are respectively 740 mm and 130 mm. It weighs 225 kg and can carry 14.5 liters of fuel. The fuel consumption is 16 kmpl and the rated maximum speed is 165 km / h.
The suspension system includes KYB telescopic forks at the front and dual shocks at the rear. Braking functions are provided by a 345mm disc at the front and a 280mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is standard.
Bristol motorcycles or their rebadged versions are unlikely to be launched in India. Classic Legends managed Jawa India, however, may choose to introduce a larger capacity bobber or other motorcycles to the Indian market. Yezdi RoadKing is one such product that is expected to launch in India soon. The company is also reportedly working on relaunching the BSA brand, which will target the UK market. The first 650cc BSA motorcycle was recently spied on during testing in Pune.