What another beautiful day in the saddle. Only Mick could pick two sunny Saturdays in two years in this country. Earlier on Saturday morning we looked up to the Heavens and things did not look great as rain clouds loomed over the Wicklow Mountains. But as soon as Mick fired up “The Snail” the sun came out and stayed out for the rest of the day. Mick led the way at a steady pace through a similar route as last year and why not as this really is a classic route for any rally. This year saw nine Jawa’s on the rideout which was great to see along with some Royal Enfields, MZ’s, Yamaha, BMW, Vincent. We made our way from Woodenbridge through Avoca, where we gave a proper biker send off to a funeral cortege which we happened to catch up to. As they walked behind the Hearse for what seemed like a mile to the local cemetery. After finally getting by, we made our way onto Laragh and had a stop for lunch at the Wicklow Heather Restaurant. Same venue as last year and why not, as the food is excellent.
Video curtesy of Roman Bočko
Most like me went inside but others opted for the better choice which was outside in the sun. After lunch Owen arrived with his beautiful Californian 250 which immediately had a lot of people reaching for their cameras. A large gathering of our friends from the Royal Enfield Club were at a nearby Hostelry. John Nicholls, Peter Redmond, Bill Brugman, Peter and Phillip George who kindly started the rideout with us joined them and we went our separate ways. After lunch most headed back to Redcross but Pavel convinced me to follow him up Sally Gap and along the Old Military Road, we continued down Wicklow Way and around to view the magnificent Guinness family Estate at the edge of Lough Tay and onto Roundwood and back by Avoca to Redcross. Once again a great Rideout in the beautiful “Garden of Ireland”..
"Our friend Mehmet in Ankara (Turkey) has sent us some photos of demonstrations in Ankara. See them here at No more Fascism... http://showdiscontent.com/ please share this link with others.
Tonight was a holly night for believers everybody meet in park and share their foods with neighbours suddenly police attack with gas.
Thanks for your attention.
Turkey being an American ally means that little international pressure will be brought to bear on the state to clean up its act. Democracy however can only be measured by how a state treats its own people. Not who it allows share airspace with.
Keep safe Mehmet.
"Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom" is a short Irish-made film (10 minutes) from 2003. The hero Yu Ming (Wu Diyu) is trapped in a dead-boring job in a shop in China. He wants out, and quickly. In the local library he lets fate take a hand, by spinning a terrestrial globe and letting it stop rotating where his finger lands. It ends up on Ireland. He borrows books on Ireland, reads that the official language there is Gaelic (Irish), and takes to learning it. Our hero lands in Dublin, can read the airport bilingual Irish/English signs just fine, and catches a bus to Dublin city centre. Here his problems begin: he can speak Irish, but in what's de facto English-speaking Ireland nobody understands him. But in a pub the lucky Yu Ming encounters Old Paddy (Frank Kelly), who praises the quality of his spoken Irish. Their conversation prompts one uncomprehending bartender to say to another, "Did you know oul' Paddy could speak Chinese?" Yu Ming winds up happily in West Coast Ireland's Irish-speaking enclave, An Ghaeltacht, where he's found tending bar and greeting tourists in the Irish language
Austrian firm KTM has just introduced a new roadster with a single-cylinder 372cc DOHC engine. It's made in India, but apparently it gets shipped to the parent factory in Mattighofen for pre-release inspection before release. It looks good. Very, very good, in fact. See a review here from the PistonHeads site, http://www.pistonheads.com/.
I'd like to call your attention to one paragraph in particular. It reads as follows:
So we're reading this while also learning that JAWA intend in future to produce nothing smaller than 660cc? All this while the motorcycle growth area seems to be in 200cc and smaller-capacity machines? Do JAWA know something that KTM don't?
Pictures to help celebrate the achievement, 25 years of MZ biking history. The Garrison Rally 2013. Happy biking makes time fly.
This is what the owners handbook is stating for 2 stroke mix for Jawa 640.
For me I use fully synthetic Rock oil for direct injection. For the run in period I added about 100ml extra into the petrol tank at each tank fill. This info I got from F2. Now I just go by what the pump is doing, I assume 60:1. Engine seems fine and plug colour is good. Driving home the other morning from Redcross I had her at 120km-130km(on its clock!!) for most of the journey.
I assume the use of fully synthetic as opposed to normal 2 stroke would allow the 60:1 mix to be ok but wouldn't fancy using normal cheapo 2 stroke at 60:1.
For the 638 premix is stated in the handbook(edition 1985) as 33:1 for run in period and 40:1 after.
As regards what do the manuals say for our country as opposed to Ukraine/ Russia - exact same I would imagine as all handbook have several different languages. My handbook (640)is in Czech/ Slovak, English and Spanish. 638 handbook is in English, French, German and Spanish.
The fact that the JAWA factory web site states that they no longer produce the JAWA 250 Travel will not cause me to cease my reporting on how my bike is progressing. If anything the soviet approach of the factory to its customers, enhances the importance of Jawa riders and Fans combining our knowledge.
The Snail (JAWA 250 Travel) is now 3 years old. She has over 30,000K to her credit. The bike is used every week, most of my driving is short city commuting.
The bike performs well in city driving. Lacks the speed for motorways. Engine warms up quickly, runs smooth around town, but vibration is noticeable when you drive harder over longer distances. Breaks are good, handling is light. On fuel the bike returns between 30 and 33k per liter around 85mpg.
The bike is easy to maintain, cheap to run, reliable. Simple attention to small details could have made the bike more practical. The retro 80’s look, might be ok for an old fellow like me, but other options would have been nice.
I recently completed 2000km on my Keeway Speed 125. I promised on April’s e-mag that I would do a review on it, so here it is.
I bought the bike last March in Ross Motorcycles http://www.motorcycletyrescork.com/ in Cork. After picking a colour and agreeing a price with Damien on the Saturday he told me that the bike would be ready for collection with all documentation complete by Tuesday. Damien was true to his word and the transaction went through smoothly as promised and I took possession of my shiny new blue Keeway Speed 125.
The bike itself is well finished and at €1,799 was great value for money (even better value now as the price has dropped to €1,699). It came complete with disc brakes front and back, electric and kick start, alarm with remote start, tidy rear rack, gear indicator and fuel gauge.
On my first trip on the bike the gear shifter felt awkward as it has a heel and toe type gear leaver similar to the Honda 50. The engine felt tight but nice and smooth and I did about 60 km of a local journey. The engine fitted is a copy of the Honda CG125 OHV unit and has a great reputation as being very reliable and has the same performance as the Honda unit.
The following day I did a100km journey and after I came back I completed a full tightness check. Everything was fine except I found that the pin connecting the rear brake lever to the fork of the master cylinder had fallen out. The rear brake still functioned correctly as the brake lever was contained within the fork anyway the only effect was the brake lever was vibrating. I replaced the pin with a stainless steel bolt with a domed nut on it. I looked around at the other pins such as on the four footrests and they were fitted with split pins as is usual. I replaced all visible split pins with 316 stainless steel cotter rings that I purchased in the marine parts section in Deevy’s in Waterford City http://www.deevys.com/profile.php. I sorted the gear change issue by adjusting the linkage to a position that suited me and I find it ok to use now.
Other than these the bike has been faultless in the 10 weeks I have had it. I got the first service done in Ross’s at 800km at a cost of €60, this included an oil change and a full check over.
I have used it to complete six locations on the Irish Photo Rally. Some of them have been distances of 200-240kms and the bike has loosened out nicely and is comfortable on journeys of this length. It starts first time every time and I usually drive along at 90-95kph and I have been getting an average fuel consumption has been 36km/l or 102mpg.
I have fitted a few nice to have’s such as heated grips (which were needed in March and early April), a Puig screen, a Givi top box and I removed the reflector at the bottom of the rear mudguard and fitted an extra brake light in its place as the Givi box comes out quite a bit over the backlight so if a truck is travelling close behind me in town or city traffic at least they will see a brake light coming on. I had planned to change the Kenda tyres fitted with something like Michelin or Pirelli’s but so far she handles well on them. Brakes too are very good and the front brake in particular has good stopping power. I plan to change the fork oil soon and I am going to use 10W and fit a pair of fork gaiters while doing so. The rear chain has had to be adjusted a few times so I plan to change this in the next few months with a superior make. The paint finish is excellent and there are some nice chrome bits fitted. I am using ACF 50 http://www.acf-50.co.uk/ on all my bikes at present. This is an excellent product and is sold in Ross Motorcycles for €20 a tin. The trick here is to spray it onto a cloth and rub it onto all parts and it should keep all rust at bay provided you actually wash your bike regularly of course. So all in all I am very happy with my purchase and looking forward to another 6 locations on the Irish Photo Rally in such faraway places (in 125 terms of course) as Kerry, West Clare, Wicklow, Offaly, Dublin and Meath. All round trips of between 350 and 500km.I have sold my CG so the Keeway is going to be my alternative to my Jawa and Royal Enfield and I have every confidence that she will get me around for a long time to come.