Mick, Pat, Ger.
I’ve been very fond of our favourite Factory ever since I was in my early twenties, a period which I’ll admit was a devil of a long time ago. Still, I’m the first to acknowledge that getting information on JAWA’s future plans has never been a simple matter. That’s true of all commercial enterprises, of course. So it was very interesting to read in “Wanderings International”, the newsletter of the North American Jawa/CZ Register, an article that I reproduce beneath:
(Don Schumann sent this article from auto iDnes.cz in Czech, then saw to it that we got a good translation for Wanderings. This is very interesting, and may have results for us in North America. Ed.)
In recent years the Týnec factory production has been rather contradictory, where the JAWA brand motorcycles come full of compromises. With a glimmer of better times, after decades there might be a new engine of original JAWA design and we might eventually return to the legendary "three and a half."
In the Týnec factory JAWA is working not only on the development of motorcycles, but for the restructuring of the whole factory. Demolition of the unused, dilapidated building is underway and extensive reconstruction of the main production facility brings updated new technology. Supporters of JAWAs are hoping for a revival, as they seem to have succeeded where other legends such as Norton or Indian have failed.
The production program for next year starts with 125cc and the Týnec factory will focus mainly on the "new stars" in the form of JAWA 350 (model 660cc) and a new 1000cc motorcycle.
For several years JAWA has been working on an engine of its own design. CEO Francis Pear (actually František Hruška – PB) for iDnes.cz says it will be the first engine since the legendary Pérák, and the unit will be continuously modified and improved. The new and exclusive machine would compete with gems like the Ducati Diavel, sporting an inline twin engine with a capacity of about 1000cc. That alone promises a lot of interesting technology.
Even more interesting is that we have a real motorcycle worth waiting for next year, which truly sounds incredible.
The popularity of the JAWA 350 is no doubt about nostalgia. The venerable two-stroke machine remains in the production program, but due to the emission limits cannot be registered in the EU, and is intended only for markets in Central America and the Far East.
The factory is currently working on a revision of the engine to meet the Euro emission standards. They also plan a return of a "retro" edition model 634. The first machines should be on sale in the fall and their price should not exceed 60,000 crowns (euro 2,300, stg £1,950, US$ 3,130 -- PB). And that is of utmost interest for the hardcore JAWA enthusiasts.
I took a look at the iDnes article in question. Now I didn’t find anything more than Don Schumann did – didn’t expect to! -- apart from a link to a photo of the modifications JAWA’s been testing to meet the EU’s emissions impositions. This photo might give a clue of what’s intended:
Okay ... so behind the ugly welded-on bits to the downpipes, I imagine there can be nothing other than catalysers. If so, the Works is trying to reduce emissions by burning them off in the downpipes rather than eliminating them at source. No fuel injection here, as the test machine obviously still wears a carburettor.
For a moment, let’s return to the question of a new 125cc. Firstly, I’d say all praise to JAWA for taking a whack at this market. Machines with engines of 660cc and up are all very well, but they’re out of reach for many of us. (To be personal about this: I’d have bought a 660 Sportard if I could have reached the ground from the saddle with my short legs. But no lowered version was available. Thus, for me No Sale).
Look at two very popular 125s. Here’s the KTM 125 Duke. It’s a DOHC 4-valve job with fuel injection and a lot of performance. It might be built in India, but that fact in itself doesn’t mean it will be cheaply built. And it looks a real Goer (even if the photo actually shows a 200cc version!):
And on the other hand ... if our friend Ger Duhig will allow me, here’s a photo of his new Keeway 125 (made in China) in picturesque County Wicklow:
It makes no claims to being a performance machine, and it’s quite inexpensive. Just the same, it does exactly what it says it will do. Ger has travelled quite some distances on it already. I saw it at the Ballacolla weekend last month, and I thought it was amazingly well finished. If it’s as good on the inside as on the outside, the established manufacturers have some serious competition at last.
So which road would JAWA take? The high-performance route is tricky, as so many sales depend on the perception that my new bike’s faster than yours, mate. Not that the economy/commuter route is too easy either. For this you need a reputation for reliability and easily-available servicing.
It will be interesting to see what gets done. Finally ... from David Angel’s site at F2 Motorcycles, the UK’s official JAWA importer, comes a photo of the factory’s new retro 634 model. This is a very tidy machine:
It’s exactly the sort of machine I wanted to buy back in 1976!
A missionary went to an island to teach the natives English. His first student was the tribal chief. The missionary pointed skyward and said "sky". The Chief said "sky".
The missionary pointed to his foot and said "shoe". The Chief said "shoe".
This is great, thought the missionary as the two began walking together. He's really catching on! After a few minutes of more such lessons, they went around a bush and saw a man and woman hot and heavy in the throes of passion. The very proper missionary, totally startled and highly embarrassed, nervously said, "Man riding bike".
Instead of responding as he had been, though, the Chief ran up and put his spear through the heart of the man on top of the woman, killing him. The horrified missionary asked, "What in God's name did you do THAT for?"
The Chief calmly replied, "MY bike!"
A friend went to Beijing recently and was given this brochure by the hotel. It is precious. She reads it whenever she feels depressed. Obviously, it has been translated directly, word for word from Mandarin to English....
Getting There:Our representative will make you wait at the airport. The bus to the hotel runs along the lake shore. Soon you will feel pleasure in passing water. You will know that you are getting near the hotel, because you will go round the bend. The manager will await you in the entrance hall. He always tries to have intercourse with all new guests.
The hotel: This is a family hotel, so children are very welcome. We of course are always pleased to accept adultery. Highly skilled nurses are available in the evenings to put down your children. Guests are invited to conjugate in the bar and expose themselves to others. But please note that ladies are not allowed to have babies in the bar. We organize social games, so no guest is ever left alone to play with them self.
The Restaurant: Our menus have been carefully chosen to be ordinary and unexciting. At dinner, our quartet will circulate from table to table, and fiddle with you.
Your Room: Every room has excellent facilities for your private parts. In winter, every room is on heat. Each room has a balcony offering views of outstanding obscenity! .. You will not be disturbed by traffic noise, since the road between the hotel and the lake is used only by pederasts.
Bed: Your bed has been made in accordance with local tradition. If you have any other ideas please ring for the chambermaid. Please take advantage of her. She will be very pleased to squash your shirts, blouses and underwear. If asked, she will also squeeze your trousers.
Above all: When you leave us at the end of your holiday, you will have no hope. You will struggle to forget it."
Remember the severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the ability to reach it.