Ahoj, Just got the latest edition of Jawa Motorcyclist and always impressed with the result you folks do like the new 634 retro, it definately appeals to us older farts.

Don’s translation on the downpipe article of the 350 twin is not surprising as a lot of manufacturers are now going this route. Triumph have done this on their Bonneville twins amongst others with the catalyser in the header pipe YET for some reason some markets – most US states i believe dont have this restrictive header fitted. hmmmm. Guzzi went and put theirs in the silencer assembly on some models, yet on others had it separately before the silencer ala car technology. What Jawa may look into is only have part of the emissions run lean to pass latest EU test.Certain flexibility on a 4 stroke but not sure on the 2 stroke side of things. Surprised Jawa have gone back to using a 2 stroke oil pump – mikuni? and electric start too, next goal is to get a workshop manual for these machines. Love all this engineering and technology – keep it simple.

Imagine if they went full blast and introduced injection on their twin. Lubrication may be a head scratcher or maybe look at the stepped piston design ala Bernard Hooper.

Cheers everyone, on the dark budweiser

stepped Piston

Steve aka Stevo

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Out to Stud

A farmer drove to a neighbour's farmhouse and knocked at the door. A boy of about 9 opened it. "Is your dad or mum home?" said the farmer.

"No, they went to town" said the boy.

"How about your brother, Henry? Is he here?" asked the farmer.

"No, he went with Mum and Dad", the boy answered.

The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other, and mumbling to himself. "I know where all the tools are if you want to borrow one, or I can give Dad a message" said the boy.

"Well," said the farmer uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk to your Dad, it's about your brother Henry getting my daughter Suzy pregnant".

The boy thought for a moment......."You would have to talk to Dad about that. I know he charges £500 for the bull and £350 for the pig, but I don't know how much he charges for Henry"

Pete Edwards

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JAWA-ing summer 2013

Hope you all had a great Jawa-ing summer 2013.

The wife (Gwen) and myself decided to take 10 days out to ride round north wales this summer on the jawa retro twin 350. Taking in horse-shoe pass and the many hills with their twisting roads etc.

We first stopped to camp at Hendlys Farm on the towyn coast, the last time I was their was in 1985 on an oilmaster combo/634, not much has changed regarding the site apart from the price to pitch a tent, back in 85 i paid under a fiver but now £20 per night peak season - ouch. But the sun was beaming like "a good-en" (very hot in brummy lingo lol) so the cost didnt seem to matter so much. We stayed two nights and moved on to Colwyn bay, Rhyl taking in many more smaller towns i can't pronounce :-).

After 700 miles two up on the jawa I remembred just how good these iron cylinder twins are at touring. Can't wait to tour on the CZ project bike next year, fingers crossd the sun comes back. When the CZ 250 is takeing me through 2014 the Jawa 350 Retro twin will under go one or two changes to become the Jawa Retro 350 convertable. Quite a mouthfull lol but it will change from the standard Retro twin cafe to the Retro duel seat model with luggage as in the photos.

So a quick change of tank and seat etc will take it from the cafe style jawa to a retro style tourer. I've attached some pics of the new luggage carrier i made a few months ago along with a 634 tank for tour mode.

All the best from the shed


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Hello there, just want to say what a great magazine you produce, it looks a lot of work but keep it up. Cheers Stephen Weller from Surrey

I wish I could join you for the Christmas Party. Hoist one (at least) for me!

Mike/Marilyn Thomason

Hi, Unfortunately I won't be able to make it as my wife will be away in London that weekend but have a great time,


C'mere. I've been looking again at the photo of the (presumably) catalysed 640 test bed in Issue 40. Now correct me if I'm wrong -- okay, I know that almost never happens, ha-ha! -- but is the carburettor on the test machine different from the one fitted to the standard 640? Does it at all resemble a Mikuni instead? And could that strange apparatus near the float bowl on the side that's visible be an accelerator pump?

All the issues are magic, Mick. It's marvellous to have such well-written articles. And it's good to see corrections coming in from the likes of Lloyd Wilson in NZ. I agree too that Issue 40 is very, very good indeed.

Pat Brennan

Cool website – well done. Makes me want to get back on my bike….almost!

RegardsBrendan Fitz

Hi Ireland JAWA,

Suman jawa

Here is my Road master pic... in attachment... Night Rider.

Suman Kumar

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With the clocks changing and winter setting in now is a good time to think of our neighbours.

On a recent visit to a couple I visit. I found them with the TV off, the lights off and the heating off, a candle light to St Anthony (Saint for retrieving lost or stolen items) the only form of heat and light. The problem was a letter from the government re the medical card. There was a nice letter and form to fill in to see if they should keep their medical card. Many people of 90 would not even open such a letter and those that do would fall into the blind panic that I was now facing.

People of that generation have known hardship. They lived through the emergency, and the many recessions that followed. They have buried their fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and family members. They are strong. They know how to put a coat on to save the heat. Know how to make a cheap good dinner. They can go to bed to save the light. Self medicate to save going to the doctor or chemist. They have done it before. But at 90 they are not as able.

I contacted government TDs, to warn them of the situation that recent policies were having on the ground. I explained that vulnerable people were being put at risk. I received many replies. I feel with this budget the government are telling our older citizen, to live off their savings till they are destitute. To pass away while they still have the money to bury themselves. And sure telling the family abroad would only upset them, might discourage them from coming home for future gatherings, so they will not need a phone.

All of this is happening as winter approaches. So while our government sets about its policy of euthanasia by stealth. I will remind you that a simple visit can lift an isolated person’s spirit. Convince people it ok to heat the house. Visit the doctor with a cold before you have pneumonia. Take all of your tablets when you should. We all live in a bubble, as you get older the bubble gets smaller. Winter make it smaller again. So if you can find time to visit someone, please do it could well save a life.


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Golfer Story

A golfer playing in Ireland hooked his drive into the woods. Looking for his ball,he found a little Leprechaun flat on his back, a big bump on his head and the golfer's ball beside him. Horrified, the golfer got his water bottle from the cart and poured it over the little guy, reviving him.

"Arrgh! What happened?" the Leprechaun asked.

"I'm afraid I hit you with my golf ball," the golfer says.

"Oh, I see. Well, ye got me fair and square. Ye get three wishes, so whaddya want?"

"Thank God, you're all right!" the golfer answers in relief. "I don't want anything, I'm just glad you're OK, and I apologise."

And the golfer walks off. "What a nice guy," the Leprechaun says to himself. "I have to do something for him. I'll give him the three things I would want... a great golf game, all the money he ever needs, and a fantastic sex life."

A year goes by and the golfer is back. On the same hole, he again hits a bad drive into the woods and the Leprechaun is there waiting for him. "Twas me that made ye hit the ball here," the little guy says."I just want to ask ye, how's yer golf game?"

"My game is fantastic!" the golfer answers. "I'm an internationally famous golfer now." He adds, "By the way, it's good to see you're all right."

"Oh, I'm fine now, thank ye. I did that fer yer golf game, you know. And tell me, how's yer money situation?"

"Why, it's just wonderful!" the golfer states. "When I need cash, I just reach in my pocket and pull out $100 bills I didn't even know were there!" "I did that fer ye also. And tell me, how's yer sex life?"

The golfer blushes, turns his head away in embarrassment, and says shyly, "It's OK."

"C'mon, c'mon now," urged the Leprechaun, "I'm wanting to know if I did a good job. How many times a week?"

Blushing even more, the golfer looks around then whispers, "Once, sometimes twice a week."


responds the Leprechaun in shock. "That's all? Only once or twice a week?"

"Well," says the golfer, "I figure that's not bad for a Catholic priest in a small parish.


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Boozing Bikers

beer drinking biker

Going for a pint.

As a change of pace the Jawa ‘kinda’ veteran Club meeting decided on a change of pace from our regular Porter House. i.e. Mick, Brian and myself ventured Northside of Dublin’s Caple St to a pub we heard about that had a stock of craft beers. Happy days we found the second best thing to come outa Cork since the road to Dublin.


The Franciscan Well Brewery founded in 1998 in Cork City. Built on the site of the Franciscan Monastery and Well dating back to 1219, (nearly as old as Brian). The water is said to have miraculous and curative properties. They are making beer from holy water, ya can’t get better than that. Seems to work with the Stout anyway, the roasted malt, lightly sweet and dry taste, leaves a complexity on the palate. The buzz is good too at Alc 4.3%, after a few your thinking this is really nice beer. Goes down easy.{like}

This year Molson Canada took over the brewery to add an Irish flavour to their worldwide Craft Beer collection. Hence it joins the substantial collection of Craft beers in the


Beerhouse Pub

at the top of Caple St.

I guessing we will be going back to check out this miraculous and curative brew.

Cheers, Gerry.

Put my name down more of that medicine Gerry.

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JAWA in create

This is the way a JAWA looks when it arrives in JAWA Ireland.

Next we see how it puts a smile on a New JAWA pilots face.

Well to wear, look forward to seeing you on the road.

Jawa green

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A Shocking Tale

We all like to have a good moan, in fact I think when we go on an angry rant about something it is a safety valve to bring down the Blood Pressure. Nothing gets me on a soapboxes quicker then information, or the lack of it. Let me give you an example.

The manual for the Jawa 250 Travel, model 597 (The Snail), provides the fuel. Firstly they recommend you change the Front Fork Oil every 5000k. In my circumstance that is twice a year. Its not as if the bike is a high performance machine. It seems excessive. So a good excuse for a rant! The job itself is easy enough. With 36000k now on the clock I have now changed the front fork oil every possible way. Leaving everything in place, doing one leg at a time, to dropping the forks out of the steering head completely. I find the fastest way is to remove the front wheel and mudguard. Propping the bike up with a stick so it does not fall forward. Then drain flush, as if changing the oil every 5000k is not flushing, and re fill. The only tricky part is refitting the top of the fork leg as you have to battle with the spring. Also the little seals on the top nuts break. I have big O-rings there now.

Next the rear shocks. The Manual states: Dismantling the rear suspension: Every 10,000 km mileage the rear suspension should be dismantled. Unscrew the units (dampers) and check their function and tightness, which should be done on specialized equipment. Therefore it is necessary to have repairs to the rear dampers carried out in a specialized repair shop. If the damping unit cannot be repaired, it must be replaced with a new one. Now the Snails rear shocks are on the hardest setting and still as soft as putty. I am from the old school i.e., if you have not got a specialized workshop handy then try ABC! So I compressed the spring using one of my luggage tie downs. Put a spanner on the lock nut and unscrewed the top to release the spring. Then I was faced with what looked like a seal on top of the damping unit. Now I talked, cajoled, prayed, cursed, teased and finally butchered this seal but it would not shift.

Defeat, the shock seems unrepearable. So the bike with the clean and reuse air and oil filters has chuck away rear shocks. AHHHHFFF UUUU CCCC !!!!!!!

Thanks to Pat and Ger I have replaced the original shocks with a second hand set of Shox that have stiffened up the rear end nicely.

The Snail was in no way harmed by this exercise. She never failed to fulfill her duty and is now better then ever.


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Amish Elevator

A fifteen year old Amish boy and his father were in a shopping Centre. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.

wheelchair The boy asked, 'What is this Father?' The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, 'Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is.'

While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button.

The walls opened, and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number. Then the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blond stepped out.


The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son.....

'Go get your Mother'


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Monkey Business

Hi, I remembered that there is a song from Czech band called

Monkey Business

which is related to our favourite make -


I know the story of the clip will be hard to understand for somebody who doesn't know czech antient history but we can explain this over some pint at XMAS party. It never struck my mind to share it in the mag.

PS: Michaela says that the song shows How Pat Brennan came across his first jawa and brought it to czech republic :)

Martin & Michaela

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Aero Car

Aero car

Here are some photos from my recent holiday.

The car's a restored 1935 Czech-built Aero 1000 two-stroke twin. Restorer is Tomáš Franc of the village of Nový Rychnov.

The Aero would be a little hard on fuel. But, My God, wouldn't it be a lot of fun to get around in? A max of about 105 km/h.


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Wear Your Club Shirt

Crazy Dave Haymes

The recession has thrown more than the Irish out of the country.

Many of you will remember Crazy Dave, a little wild, a charmer, a Menace, first in for playing the cod. Above all never boaring and a real biker. Well our hard times have brought him back to New Zealand. In true Crazy style he now commutes to Australia for work.

He has his club shirt to remind him of the roar of the Celtic tiger. Best of luck Dave, love to all the family. May the first pay packet see you on 2 wheels again.

Send in your photo or someone you feel deserves the honour of filling this space. Wearing their club shirt.


We have produced regalia to celebrate some of our major events. Some is still available.


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You better watch out, you better not cry. The JAWA Christmas party is coming to town. Thanks to Martin, our own father christmas we are set up to enjoy a nights celebrations. More details on the events page. If you could let us know if you are coming so we can confirm numbers.

There are also details about the UK International Rally. They are designing a logo at present, if you are artistic they would welcome suggestions.

If you are going for a spin and would like company why not let us know, you might get some company. Or tell us about it after you could inspire us.

Weekend Events

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Driving in Italy

I recently returned from a trip to Germany and Italy. I drove from Heidelberg to Milan, then to Brescia, and then back to Milan before heading north again. Are you thinking about going to Italy? If so, are you planning to drive there? Then you need to read these Rules and Instructions for Driving in Italy.

1)The Most Important Thing about driving in Italy is to Get Ahead of the Other Guy. It doesn’t matter when, how, or under what circumstances you do this. Just do it. Note also that at least half of the cars in Milan have scrapes and damage on the sides of the car, usually on the right side.

2) Pass on the right whenever possible. If this is not physically possible, crowd the car in front of you and blow your horn until he moves to the left and allows you to pass.

3)If you are riding a motorcycle or a scooter, you should pass on the left, or on the right, or ride in between lanes, and pass cars wherever and however you possibly can. Go fast, and weave in and out of traffic as much as possible. However, if you are not Italian – and you try to ride a motorcycle or scooter in Italy – you will be killed or permanently crippled. There are a LOT of motorcycle accidents in Milan, which is where I was. There are also quite a few people riding bicycles in Milan. They are all quite young, but that is because of their very limited life expectancy.

4)Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. Sometimes, but not always. That helps to keep them alert.

5)Stop for red lights, but do NOT stop for stop signs. They are there to confuse any tourists who may be driving. When a tourist expects you to stop for a stop sign, just fly through the stop sign ahead of him. This always gets a laugh and produces merriment among the onlookers.

6)When following another car, be sure to keep a distance of not MORE than one meter. If the driver ahead of you can see your headlights, you are not close enough.

7)If passing on the left is unavoidable, you must speed up – and then swerve to the right immediately in front of the car you are passing. Do NOT use your directional signals, or he might know what you want to do. When cutting in front of the other car, do so as sharply as possible; your right rear bumper should just whisper past his left front bumper by no more than the thickness of a fingernail. If he does not have to slam on his brakes when you perform this maneuver, you are not doing it right.

8)Be as rude and aggressive as possible until you can do so without even thinking about it.

9)If you are on a major highway (autostrada), drive in the left-hand lane. If the car in front of you isn’t going fast enough (i.e., more than 130 km/hr, or 80 mph), do not use your lights or your horn to show someone that you want to pass. Instead, speed up to 160 km/hr (100 mph) until you are just about to hit him, then slam on your brakes right behind him and cause your car to slew around wildly. Show that you are VERY angry.

10)When you wish to exit a major highway, always do so from the leftmost lane. Speed up about 1 km from your exit, keep to the left, and then – from the left lane, and only about 50 to 100 meters (or yards) from the exit – cut across three lanes of traffic to your exit.

11)Regarding the police, and the enforcement of traffic rules, I saw a few Italian police officers on the road. They seem like very nice people. They stand around smiling. They do not seem to give tickets for traffic violations. I don’t know what would be considered a traffic violation in Italy.

These are only a few of the rules you need to know if you are driving in or around Milan. However, I have been told that drivers in Genoa are MUCH worse; be so advised.


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