Merry Christmas

Best Wishes for Christmas & the New Year.

To all our readers, fans and supporters.

May you have a Healthy and JAWA biking good 2014

Also I would like to offer a big thank you to everyone who helped make 2013 such a good year. Everyone who contributed to the Club, participated in any of the events, emailing in stories, photos, jokes.


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First Christmas Joke

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.'

The Englishman fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It's a candle', he said.

'You may pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter said.

The Scotsman reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're bells.'

Saint Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly gates'.

The Irishman started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those symbolize?'

The paddy replied,

'These are Carols.'

And So The Christmas Season Begins......


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Touching the World

touching Cathy Birchall is a blind woman who set off with her companion Bernard Smith to become the first blind woman to circle the world on a motorbike. The bike of choice was an 18 year old BMW R100.

I found the book to be really enjoyable and it kept me interested throughout. It was funny too as good old Brian was like most of us, (me anyway) prone to bouts of road rage which involved uttering profanities and hand signs to other riders and drivers especially while travelling through India. Cathy told her tale from a pillion passenger’s point of view and Brian also has his comments on the same incident or near miss. It was very interesting to see how people viewed Cathy in different parts of the world. "Men do not want you if you are blind, why would you want to be with a blind woman?" asked Neena at the Centre for Blind Women in Delhi as Cathy and Bernard experienced some heart wrenching cultural differences where a blind woman was considered doubly afflicted and worthless.

Cathy being blind also helped at border crossings as paperwork was kept to a minimum and queues were skipped. Help was given to them at times of trouble like the time when an oil leak occurred in the Australian outback and a helpful trucker stopped and donated a cereal box so a new gasket could be cut from it.

The following paragraph written by Cathy shows what a remarkable person she really is and is something that should make us all think how lucky we are to be able to appreciate the world around us. “Never had I dreamed of setting foot in such far distant places, or of experiencing so many things. Coming so far in this beautiful world, now I find new place names before me previously only ever existed in books, on TV or radio. Places such as Machu Picchu, nestling on its lonely heights, hidden valleys and a hundred other places are now nearby and through them we shall soon pass. Sounds of Peruvian pipes, cannons and horses intermingle with the images and thoughts swirling through my mind in rapidly changing patterns of sound and light. My reverie is disturbed with a sudden movement beside me as the click of the ignition switch indicates new adventures awaiting us”

book review I would like to thank my good friend Eugene Carton from Killarney for passing on this book to me and if you are looking for a good travel bike book I would highly recommend it.

P.S The Book Depository does not charge any postage costs to Ireland.

Have a great Christmas, Ger

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Bertie JAWA

Hi all,

Another JAWA to take on to the roads of Cork. The style capital of Ireland.

Bertie Bear

Dublin is a bit far for me, but slainte mhor to you all.

Alex Gallagher

Sorry to miss what I hope will be a good evening but am knee deep in Czech festival as I sing in choir, which is singing in St Vitas cathedral among many places.

Pozdravy to all Maurice Jensen

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The three Blondes....

Three blondes were all applying for the last available position on the Texas Highway Patrol. The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, "So y'all want to be cops, huh?"

The blondes all nodded. The detective got up, opened a file drawer, and pulled out a folder. Sitting back down, he opened it, pulled out a picture, and said, "To be a detective, you have to be able to detect. You must be able to notice things such as distinguishing features and oddities like scars and so forth."

So he stuck the photo in the face of the first blonde and withdrew it after about two seconds. "Now," he said, "did you notice any distinguishing features about this man?"

The blonde immediately said, "Yes, I did. He has only one eye!"

The detective shook his head and said, "Of course he has only one eye in this picture! It's a side profile of his face! You're dismissed!"

The first blonde hung her head and walked out of the office. The detective then turned to the second blonde, stuck the photo in her face for two seconds, pulled it back, and said, “What about you? Notice anything unusual or outstanding about this man?"

"Yes! He only has one ear!"

The detective put his head in his hands and exclaimed, "Didn't you hear what I just told the other lady? This is side picture profile of the man's face! Of course you can only see one ear! You're excused too!"

The second blonde sheepishly walked out of the office. The detective turned his attention to the third and last blonde and said, "This is probably a waste of time, but...." He flashed the photo in her face for a couple of seconds and withdrew it,saying, "All right, did you notice anything distinguishing or unusual features about this man?"

The blonde said, "I sure did. This man wears contact lenses." The detective frowned, took another look at the picture, and began looking at some of the papers in the folder. He looked up at the blonde with a puzzled expression and said,"You're absolutely right! His bio says he wears contacts! How in the world could you tell that by looking at his picture?"

The blonde rolled her eyes and said, "Well, Hellooooooooooooo! With only one eye and one ear, he certainly can't wear glasses!”


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I am sorry I could not include the slideshow but if you follow the link you will be rewarded with a display of wonderful machines.

"Thanks to Mr Franta Sváta of Nový Rychnov for this information."A slideshow of the Ogar range of motorcycles. When the first post-war JAWA 350 twin came out it was originally marketed as an Ogar (and the 250 single as a JAWA). The Comrades quickly put a stop to any such displays of variety, of course.



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Christmas Party 2013

As in previous years, the Christmas Party organiser was Miša and Martin Tuček. The Czech Inn once again provided a European atmosphere, and a selection of Czech and Slovak beers at reasonable prices. The option of Czech and Slovak food added to the whole experience.

Dave was first in, to hold the seat. Mick showed up next with daughter Aoife. Quickly followed by Martin and Miša, Ivan Čech and friend, plus Pat Gernon. Pat Brennan did not let the fact that the Dart was not running keep him away, CIE to the rescue. Jon and Daniela, Breda and Cathal, Gerry Quigley, Ger Duhig, and JAWA Ireland importer Pavel and Jana with Václav the proud owner of the Newest Jawa in Ireland.

With this crowd we had the ingredients for a wonderful night. Conversation was lively, food excellent, beer plentiful. Sadly I forgot to bring a camera but that lack of responsibility added to my night.

The Christmas Party has proven to be a great opportunity for many of us to meet up, keep contact at a time of year when longer trips are less likely to happen. The Club is about the people as well as the bikes. Those who could not make it can be sure we raised a glass in your honour, maybe more than one if we really missed you.

Thankfully Ivan and Miša have provided some photos of the occasion.


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Biker Bar

Hi all,

I called your house the other day and was told you were down at your favorite biker bar with some friends. I wasn't sure where that was, but was told I wouldn't have much trouble finding it. Sure enough, I drove just a couple blocks and there it was...There is nothing like the feel of the sun on your face and the wind in your hair,is there?



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Why not visit our website.

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Boozing Bikers

beer drinking biker

Svatováclavské pivo

Here’s a beer from the Březňák brewery. It comes from the brewery in Velké Březno, about 70km north of Prague. You won’t find it in Ireland or the UK, worse luck.

Our landlady in the Sázava inn brought Frank and myself a half-litre each on the afternoon we arrived. We were sitting at a table with Franta Sváta and Tomáš Franc and a Czech couple. We didn’t take much notice of the nods and winks we were getting as the beer arrived.

It was a very smooth drink, very pleasant, more like the Franciscan Well Rebel Ale than Smithwick’s (a good thing, that). Of course it’s not an ale at all, it’s a lager – I think. A dark lager. Chocolate and caramel, I’d say.

That apart, I haven’t Mick’s or Gerry’s gift for describing beer qualities. You can read all about them on the brewery site. It went down so well that we had three each. By the time I got the third, I thought it wise to ask Mrs Havlíková how strong it was (I was beginning to feel some effect). She told me it was 21 degrees. Now, I’m no genius at translating Czech proof numbers into alcohol by volume. So it was just as well that Mr Havlík came over and told me the ABV. It was 9.5%!


You might imagine we changed over to something a good bit milder after that.

It’s a special beer that’s produced for St Wenceslaus’ Day, the festival of the Czech patron saint, 28 September. The brewery recommends serving it in 330ml glasses, as its strength approaches “normal” wine (normal for Moravian wines, if not the ones we like here!) The Havlíks had bought in one 50-litre keg. When that was gone, that was that.

There’s a legend attached to the picture of the gentleman on the poster. He was Mr Viktor Cibich, long-time railway stationmaster at Velké Březno. It seems he volunteered about 1906 to allow his face to be used on the brewery‘s advertising. As a reward the brewery gave him 30 free beers a week! That was a sweet deal.

The brewery is part of the Heineken group. They have a site at Well recommended, if you can ever get it. Definitely not the thing for an all-day session, though.

Cheers, Pat.

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Recently there has been some questions about the oil pump settings on the 350 JAWA.

Pic 1 shows the alignment of the 2 marks. One on the moving segment the other on the pump body.

If these 2 marks are not aligned they should be able to be aligned by the adjuster over the pump housing as on picture 2.

If this adjuster is out near the max, as it was in mine. The petrol tank will have to be removed and the cable can then be adjusted as per photo 3.

As you adjust this you will then be adjusting 2 cables. One to the oil pump and the second cable, which is connected to the carb. So if adjusted you will have to adjust the cable on top of the carb as well as it will effect your tickover..

pump settings


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A Christmas tale

The plugs were all fouled and the oil it was dark. The mag it was faulty, and there was no spark. With reindeers on strike, and the elves really pissed. He had to get rolling, or the night’s deadline missed. He rolled up his sleeves, and pulled out the Haynes, Then opened a Guinness to loosen his brains. He rebuilt the carb, and he de-coked the head, But nothing would help, the old girl she was dead. Just as the old man was starting to rave, rose the ghost of Pa Norton back from the grave.

Check points and check plug gap, check tappets my friend. It’s not rocket science, if you comprehend.Santa thought “man”, is this some kind of joke. But he stood on the kick start and then there was smoke.

Then put on his Barbour and helmet and gloves. He finished his run by the first light of dawn, And stopped off at Honda to shit on their lawn So come Christmas morning and this is no joke If you open the window you might just smell smoke.

Happy Christmas everyone With apologies to the original poet.

Pete Edwards

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Minor to Major, The Barron Knights.

Some people say music is maths. This could explain my difficulty with it. Here is an interesting example of how changing major to minor changes a song completely.


Some of you here are old enough to remember this song, and some of you aren't. I think it's hilarious.


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Loobman 2

Loobman When purchasing the Snail, (JAWA 250 Travel) back in 2010 I confronted the lack of a fully enclosed secondary chain with a LOOBMAN chain oil system.

I had used a Scottoiler for years on the ER 500 and found if successful but expensive. The Loobman was a third of the price and easier to fit. The system on offer at the time was a plastic bottle. Like the wife you just give it a squeeze a day to keep things hunky dory. I positioned the bottle on the down frame above the chain.

This worked well for me, I did eventually move the feed from the rear sprocket to the above the engine sprocket as this caused less splashing on the tyre. I also have a sponge tied to the rear swing arm to soak up and re apply the oil to the chain.

Now a chain oil system does not increase the life of a chain. What it does do is help keep it in top condition. No tight spots to cause a lumpy gear change.

Going to Ballacolla this year I tied two saddle bags to the bike to tidy up the packing. However after returning when I went to squeeze the bottle my finger and tyre got covered in oil. The bags had pushed the bottle around the frame rubbing it against the tyre, puncturing the bottle. On further inspection some of the cable ties had also perished.

I could not face into the winter without some help in looking after the chain. So enter Loobman 2. No soft bottle this time. A hard plastic bottle with a button to release the oil. The Loobman site does hark on about the mounting of the system. It must be accessible as it is a manual operation but it must be secure. So this time I have mounted it by the side of the clocks. It will not get as dirty form being near the wheel. It is easy to see, fill and get at. A disadvantage is that it is a little untidy looking, it makes it harder to dismantle the front shocks (every 5000K). The tube feeding the oil is longer so the oil takes a while to arrive at the chain. That said it is working and I think the hard bottle is an improvement as the squeeze bottle had to be over a third full to operate. How it weathers or if it will perish over time, we will have to see.

Congratulations to Loobman for continuing to improve their system.


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Wear Your Club Shirt

Perak. 4-09 002 (4)

1952 Perak. That is my Club shirt!


Ger 2013

Redcross 2013 was on the cold side. But it was dry and Ger was cosy out in his JAWA sleeveless.

Do send in a photo of yourself in a club shirt and tell us a little about the occasion.


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

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The Christmas Party was a great success. Thanks to all who could attend and to those who sent their best wishes.

The weather being mild, if we get a chance for a spin i will put the details on the events page.

Weekend Events

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Smiley micky mouse

Dia Dhuit

Have I mentioned what fun was had at the JAWA Christmas Party. A lovely way to see out 2013. Christmas being such a busy time, it was great to be able to sit back with friends and let the Christmas Cheer get a grip of you. Like all journeys, its when you stop you realise how far you have come. We have ourselves a pretty good bunch of people.

2013 was a good year for the JAWA Cz Club Ireland. Our events were lucky with the weather and well attended. The Club has been more successful than we ever envisaged. We will never reach the membership figures of the 80’s, unless Jawa introduce some amazing models. But what started as just pleasant fun and nostalgia has grown to a small vibrant group of friends. The production of the JAWA Motorcyclist would not be possible without such energy. So thank you one and all for reading, and contributing.

I wish you all a pleasant Christmas and JAWA Biking good 2014.

Slan Mick

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