The wonderful colours of the trees this autumn seem to have quickly vanished. Leaving us with slippery roads, reduced daylight and harder riding conditions. It is these adverse conditions that help us appreciate the magical diversion of Christmas brightening and warming our lives.
Once again Martin has guaranteed that the JAWA CZ Club in Ireland enjoys one last Hurrah in 2015. This now annual celebration, which he has organised for the Czech Inn on the 12th December at 7pm, has become a focal point in our yearly calendar.
I know many of the people who follow us on the internet are unable to attend. But rest assured the solid little band of Jawa CZ riders and friends in Ireland will raise a glass to you all. I would like to extend our thanks and best wishes to all our readers, writers, riders and members. May 2016 bring you happiness and good fortune.
Ger, Pat, Mick.
The commentary on this film is by perhaps the most famous motorcycle racing rider of the day, Geoff Duke, known as The Duke -- making him an ideal commentator, especially for the Scarborough Road Races.
My name is Jan and I´m working in MOTO JELINEK. In business since 1992, when our first shop in Zlín (Czech republic) was opened, we selll parts for Jawa and other makes of motorcycle. Family company, racing and motorsport tradition. We hold stock of around 2500 parts, and we increase this every year. Spare parts for Jawa, Stadion, Babetta, Simson, Jawa 350, Jawa 550 & more mopeds and motorcycles...
Some days ago we started our new e-shop with Jawa parts. www.jawaparts.com
Best regards Jan
Do you guys remember Benny Hill, and this song? I certainly do! One slightly interesting thing. Did you lads ever see the David Lean movie of Oliver Twist, the one from 1948? The actor playing Oliver Twist was a nine-year old bloke named John Howard Davies.
Anyway, in due course John Howard Davies grew up, and became a Thames Television producer. As such, he was the guy who took the decision to show old Benny Hill the door in 1991. Benny died about a year later.
A bookie was at the races playing the ponies and all but losing his shirt. He noticed a Priest step out onto the track and bless the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race. Lo and behold, that horse - a long shot - won the race.
Next race, as the horses lined up, the Priest stepped onto the track. Sure enough, he blessed one of the horses. The bookie made a beeline for a betting window and placed a small bet on the horse. Again, even though it was another long shot, the horse won the race.
He collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the Priest would bless next. He bet big on it, and it won. As the races continued the Priest kept blessing horses, and each one ended up winning. The bookie was elated. He made a quick dash to the ATM, withdrew all his savings, and awaited for the Priest's blessing that would tell him which horse to bet on ... True to his pattern, the Priest stepped onto the track for the last race and blessed the forehead of an old nag that was 100/1. This time the priest blessed the eyes, ears, and hooves of the old nag. The bookie knew he had a winner and bet every cent he owned on the old nag. He watched dumbfounded as the old nag pulled up and couldn't even finish the race. In a state of shock, he went to the track area where the Priest was. Confronting him, he demanded, 'Father! What happened? All day long you blessed horses and they all won. Then in the last race, the horse you blessed never even had a chance. Now, thanks to you I've lost every cent of my savings!'
The Priest nodded wisely and with sympathy. "You are not Catholic, are you my son?" "No, I'm Jewish" "That's the problem", said the Priest, "you couldn't tell the difference between a blessing and the last rites".
It would not be Christmas without the JAWA CZ Club Ireland Christmas Bash. Martin has once again organised for us to meet up in the Czech Inn on the 12th of December at 7 o’clock. All are welcome, if you could let us know you intend attending as it makes planning the numbers is easier. But we are usually safe enough booking for 15 people. We are a small club when it comes to meeting and holding events. Whether you attend the meal or drop in to say Merry Christmas we will be delighted to greet all who can make it.
The Czech Inn is located at Essex gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Hopefully the map above will be helpful. The Menu offers Czech food and European dishes and there is an interesting selection of Beer available. Most of us finish up early enough to make the last Bus home.
At this time of year there is not much on the Events page
email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are organising any event which you feel might take our interest
The youngest in the Doran family is starting to take a loan of the Dads Clothes, and has an eye on the Dads transport. Cathal Doran in a borrowed JAWA tee shirt preparing to go for a spin. The Wicklow mountains are very convient when you have the time for a run. Cathal looks too comfortable sitting on the Snail.
One of the benefits of being a JAWA Motorcyclist is that somehow or other I have inherited the occupation of Beer reviewer. It is a job that I am not in the least qualified for. But as with many things in life if you approach them with passion you can overcome lack or training or even talent. As there is the danger of becoming a craft beer snob, I have decided that Christmas was a good time to review one of Irelands leading sellers.
Guinness is to being Irish what Hoover is to vacuum cleaners. Some years ago Diageo decided to tackle the varying quality of Guinness draught by dropping the temperature at their taps a degree and setting up a protocol for maintaining their lines. This has been hugely successful and even hotels now have s decent pint. Guinness draught in a can or bottle has been a huge success for the company and its customers. Meaning the home drinker can enjoy as good a pint by the fire as at his local.
But I am going to review the large bottle. Traditionally almost every house in Ireland gets a large bottle of Guinness in to make the Christmas pudding. Why Guinness you ask, well that is due to the fantastic marketing that Guinness has always poured out. Back in the days when a bottle of Guinness was a food supplement for pregnant women, grannies decided that including it in the Christmas celebration was necessary. So every grannies recipe for Christmas pudding includes a large bottle. Even CoCola could not come up with an advert that would have such long reaching benefits.
As to flavour. Well the difference between the pint in your local and the large bottle is gas. I find that if you sit and sip at your large bottle you get the full flavour of the stout. It is not as smooth as the draught but you can taste the roast. It is this flavour that has made Guinness the hallmark for quality stout worldwide. We are lucky to have such a wonderful brew to fall back on when we are trying to save a few cent to cover the expense of Christmas. Because yes Guinness as a beer of the people is priced with the public in mind.
This Christmas, crack open a large bottle Guinness, pour into a tall thin glass. Take time to sip and enjoy the explosion of flavour. As Homer Simpson said Alcohol the cause and solution to all man's problems.
We all know the original JAWA 500 was derived from the defunct German factory Wanderer. "JA" for Janeček, "WA" for "Wanderer" -- no surprises there. Mr J bought all the tooling for this machine and shipped it across the border.But here's the first photo I've ever seen of the Wanderer model that formed the basis of the first JAWA 500. Mr Janeček made some nice changes, I have to say. Maybe he was better at styling than his present-day successors ..
Karl's Cally? A Phoro he took in France on the way to Ireland. Probably the oldest machine at Powers the Pot, come to think of it. Made in 1971. And doesn't she look good?
Well done Karl.
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabridge uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.
I'm coming, I'm coming! It's the best one-day event of the whole year, and has been since the beginning. Thanks, Martin and Mick! Pat
All I can say is have a good time, which I am sure you will! I will let our members over here know what you are planning, and who knows, one might show up. I wish I was that one, but I will raise a glass over here in your honor. Mike
Thank you for the invitation, Guys, but at 76 going on 77, I don't think I'm quite up to a trip from Clifden to Dublin and back in the winter any more! 15 years ago, no problem! Merry Christmas anyway!! Cheers Bill Hallett
My name is Jan Jelinek and I am from JawaParts.com. We are international e-shop from Czech republic. We started this year in July, but we are in business since 1992. Czech e-shop started in 2007. Thank you for addition to links on your website!
Hi Lads, This was posted on Facebook. Looks well.
I do not think we will ever see this model in the flesh let alone for Sale in Europe.
Hello, Josephine and myself will be delighted to come along to the Christmas bash again this year. Looking forward to it, Frank
Micro, the man who wanted to see Huddersfield - so he's ridden 20,000 miles from China
His name is Micro and his passions are motorbikes and football. So when the chance came to ride 20,000 miles from China to Huddersfield, and take in a match involving his favourite team, he couldn’t have been more revved up. Honley Motorcycles, based at Earnshaws, in Manchester Road, imports its Honley RX3 250 bikes from China. So Micro, 29, who is from Changsha, went to his local factory in China and decided to give the bike the ultimate test ride by taking it some 30,000 kilometres to Huddersfield.
He set off on May 14 and has travelled through numerous countries, including Russia, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Germany and France to bring it to Huddersfield. He arrived at Honley Motorcycles on Thursday and after a brief rest will be heading off again, first to Scotland and then back into mainland Europe.
The Huddersfield Examiner
Hello, I am a new owner of a 1973 Jawa 350 type 362 and also new member of The North American Register. What Information can you share about up-grades to the engine, ie: carburetor, electronic ignition, expansion chambers. Just looking for a reliable rider. What do you guys do for more performance? I am located in the western United States in Arizona and here's a picture of my Jawa.
Best Regards, Martin
Hi My name is Andrew O’Sullivan and I live in Australia, I’m wondering if you are able to tell me the paint code of a 1950 Jawa Perak as I’m in the process of restoring a bike.
Here's something I've just had from Steve Adams of Suffolk, who is recently back from visiting our old friend Franta in the Czech Republic. Anyway, see the film below. And yes, before you guys get to jumping up and down on me, I KNOW this program is in Slovak. But there are a few motorcycle-aligned items in the footage that are worth a look.
Best of all, though: fast-forward to 55:44, and see the five-minute clip that follows. You can see the car driver's a downright bad 'un from the git-go because he's downing two shots of vodka before he begins to drive. This short movie is from 1959.
When I was a nipper, a friend of my father bought an identical Škoda Octavia, secondhand. I remember he paid forty pounds for it, not a totally insignificant lot of money back then. But we're talking about 1963 or 1964. And I can still remember Dad's friend Jimmy caning this device up the fairly straight Clonkeen Road with our entire family on board. At about 50 mph -- yes, he was thrashing it! -- the entire steering-column vibrated from side to side so badly that it became indistinct to view. So he slowed down, which is possibly how I'm here to write about it.
Either this Octavia or the slightly later 1000MB are my favourite older Škodas, and I'd be hard put to decide between them.
Ahoj, Jawiste, Thank you for your newsletters which I have read with interest. Interest in The National Bike, if anything, is stronger these days than when I arrived 14 years ago. A firm now exists here (in CZ) which makes a sort of cafe racer called the Brat, and a Californian with a twin 4 stroke motor (Chinese) to replace the Travel (Snail) or will renovate your bike-they have the bits to enable this.(Mates.cz)
You still see Jawas at weekends on green veteran plates usually and one went up the hill towards the village in which I live driven by a guy as old as me (71). I was losing ground to him on my 4 stroke Vespa GTS300 which I use for shopping. Later I found myself looking at my last Jawa to survive a post triple bypass cull, a 350 hillclimber. Snag with this bike is its too new-a 638 from 1989, the last Bohemian Bike used for a holiday "business" in 2007/8. Now I can move around and ride again I'll have to do it even though I cant race it. Probably as a sort of cafe racer but capable of passing a Czech MOT (STK). I must use all Jawa parts.
All the best for 2016, and if anyone is coming over and would like some pointers as to places of interest send me an email.
I took some photos of the factory recently, and sent them to Mike Tomason (Jawa N.America). The Tynec building has had a makeover-in orange.! Let's hope they make something in 2016.
Happy Christmas till then. Maurice Jensen.
Hi, I will be coming to the Christmas party. Always a great night - looking forward to it. Pat (Noddy) G
The days get shorter, the nights longer, the trees become sticks, and then it’s Christmas. A season designed to lift the spirits, if we do not put ourselves under too much pressure trying to make everything exact. It is the lucky few of us that make the JAWA Club Christmas celebration in the Czech Inn. Fair due to Martin, our father Christmas who organises it each year. This year he is a Santa for real and I am sure there will be great celebrations in Blessington.
As the New Year approached it is time also to reflect. We have come through a year without a dealer in Ireland. 2015 has seen a clatter of bikes for sale. It is understandable that without a dealer to provide parts, information, and service people move on to a better supported make. The factory can have the finger of blame pointed at them also. They still live in the cold war age, very slow to give information and offering little to no support to stranded customers. I do not feel that I am being unfair in saying this. It took me over a month to find out the tappet settings on the Snail. And even then I got them from China. Hopefully as the development of the JAWA complex nears completion we will see the company become more modern and proactive.
Ger organised a fantastic rally for us in Clogheen this year. It was well attended, as they say location location location. When it comes to feet on the ground we are few in number and scattered. So getting to meet up is of great benefit. The web page and our e-mag help bridge the gap but there is nothing virtual about meeting in person and having the crack.
I will take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and support in 2015. Breda, Aoife, Cathal and I wish you happiness for Christmas and may 2016 be good to us all.