In Ireland the role of Mr and Mrs Clause is firmly held by Miša and Martin Tuček. The fact that even awaiting a very special delivery of their own, they were not detered and once again organising our Christmas Celebrations.
By the time Breda, Cathal and I arrived, Frank, Josephine, Pat Brennan, Jon and Daniela, Dave, Miša & Martin +1, were already warming up seats. Brian Moore, Pat Gernon, Gerry Quigley and of course Ger Duhig soon filled the table.
The Czech Inn offered a great variety of food, European and Czech. Pitchers of beer travelled up and down the table almost as fast as the laughter and conversation. As a club we do not get to meet as often as we would like. But the Christmas Party highlights the quality of the people involved, the warmth that has built up over the years, and the pleasure to be shared by a group of individuals with a shared interest.
Miša and Martin added a little extra this year, presenting Calendars to Ger and I with a lovely selection of pictures from past events. A third Calendar was raffled off with great Celebration. Frank was not to be outbid and the money raised was put towards the cost of the web site.
I can not thank Miša and Martin enough for ensuring we had such a fantastic evening. You really got my Christmas off to a start and put a smile into what is a busy month. The last bus caused a mass exit which came all to sudden on such a wonderful evening.
A fter a heartattack, an implanted stent and the regular need to take blood thinners, it is quite normal for me, to feel chilly when it gets colder. I have to pay special attention to cold hands and cold feet on winter days with temperatures below freezing point.
In addition to heated grips I needed something more to keep the upper side of my hands warm. The solution was to get a pair of heated handlebar muffs. These muffs are very good, connected with a plug to the on board electrical system, with a 3 poition switch, Off, Low and High. To make sure, not to take too much power out of the system, I mostly run the handlebar muffs on “Low”. So in combination with the heated grips this problem was finally solved. These handlebar muffs are for example available on eBay.de : http://www.ebay.de/itm/HEIZBARE-Handwarmer-Lenkerstulpen-Motorrad-Roller-WIND-KALTEREGEN- SCHUTZ-WINTER-/310372700479?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_77&hash=item4843a7913f
Next thing was to get warm legs. I remember after the 2nd world war, when people couldn`t afford a car, they had to use their little bikes, be it was summer or winter. During a really hard wintertime a cover on top of the petrol tank saved them from cold knees. These blankets were originally made for MZ`s, but they will fit other bikes as well, are still available and they do a blimming good job: http://www.ost2rad.de/Zubehoer-99/Knieschutzdecke-MZ.html
Then I had to do something to get warmer feet. So a thin sheet of alloy formed and fixed in front of the exhaust pipe should work like a wind deflector and the heat from the exhaust pipe behind the deflector may help to keep the feet warmer: Finally something had to be done to keep me warm and cosy during a 500 mile trip in bitter cold ice and snow. The solution was found: batterie ( Li Ion ) heated socks ! The Li Ion Batteries (normally used in Laptops etc.) are quite strong , long lasting and without memory effect: http://www.amazon.de/HeatLab%C2%AE-Performance-socks-Lithium-ION-Akkus- Groesse/dp/B009E5RVLS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418141603&sr=8- 1&keywords=Beheizbare%2C+beheizte+Socken+%2F+Str%C3%BCmpfe+%2F+Kniest%C3%BCmpf e+HeatLab%C2%AE+Performance+socks+DeLuxe-PLUS+mit+7.4+V+Lithium-IONAkkus+ mit+4+Heizstufen+bis+zu+70+Grad+und+mehr+incl.+Ladeger%C3%A4t+PLUS+Auto- Lader.+HeatLab%C2%AE+Performance+heated+socks+with+7.4+V+batteries+%284-heatlevels% 29+and+universal+%28100-240+V%29+charger+PLUS+car+charger.+Groesse+L%2FXL
At the present time I am testing these socks. They come with 2 accus, a universal charger 110 to250 V, a car charging device, two heat elements and fixing mounts for the batteries. There is a switch integrated with 4 positions : 100%, 75 %, 50% and 25%. With full batteries and position 100% the heat elements heat up to about 70 degrees centigrade. At the rate of 50% the temperature reaches comfortable 32 degrees and it lasts for 4 hours. Next I will be testing the rate at 25%, just to find out the long lasting time and the temperature.
So, winter, I am ready come now….. ;)
I'd never heard of Kaori Muraji. But here she is, playing "Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence" by Ryuichi Sakamoto from the movie of the same name from 1983
Thought you might like it. Pat
The JAWA CZ Christmas turned into a regular fashion show of proud JAWA fans in their finest gear.
The start of a New Year is as good a time as any to sit on top of the hill and see where you have been and where you are going. One of the major changes in 2014 was JAWA Ireland closing its doors as our JAWA importer and dealer. Hopefully we will still keep in contact with Pavel and Jana. Bikes are the lifeblood of a bike club, with no more JAWA’s being imported and sold our small club is not going to get much bigger. It also leaves JAWA owners to survive by their own devices. The JAWA factory, as of yet, have not shown a capacity to deal with its customer base.
Our JAWA Rally in RedCross 2014 did not attract many bikes. The weather was pretty bad, but it has also been suggested that Redcross is to close to Dublin and to far from everywhere else.
The Christmas Party, on the other hand was a great success, Martin and Mise put the Merry back in Christmas. So it looks like we are a small but united group heading into 2015.
May 2015 be about having a good time, with good mates. These are ingredients we do have. If you are to make a New Year resolution, then spending time with your buddies is as good a one as any to make.
The JAWA Cz Rally 2015 is in the planning stage. Full details will be send out as soon as detaqils are finalized.
Send us in details of any events where we would be welcome and they will be posted on the site.
To keep informed about what is happening visit our Events Page
On a cold damp morning in early December, breakfast was greeted with the news that an accident on the M50 had blocked Southbound traffic. The weather forecast was its usual cheerful self, wet and cold giving way to wet and warmer as the day goes on. Loaded with a bowl of hot porridge and all this information I entered the garage. My best gloves were still wet for the drenching the day before, so time to put on the Handlebar mittens.
I will be honest and admit that I hate the things. They clutter up the switches and take a good while getting used to. But that said cold hands do not work switches with any great efficiency. Plus there is no denying the fact that they save the hands, gloves and cables on the bike.
Suited up in many layers for the weather, the warmed up Snail (250 Travel) took to the road. I decided that seeing as the radio had advertised a blocked M50 20 minutes earlier there was every chance that it would be clear, people would avoid trouble. So thinking like a commuter we filtered towards what is generally called the M50 car park. 2 Roundabouts and 3 sets of lights later the snail headed down the on ramp looking at a solid line, 3 lanes wide of taillights. Plan B stay on the feeder ramp and exit at the next junction only 800meter or so. This worked but so many were thinking as I was that a solid line of traffic still lay ahead. Next cheat was to take Stocking lane, join the main traffic further down at the entrance of Taylors lane. I always like to think that Stocking lane got its name from all the girls being walked back to Tallaght from the Rathfarnham dances in days gone by. On a morning like this, there was little chance of anyone leaving a stocking behind. But the cheat worked and I quickly found myself at the T-junction. Left to join the traffic or right to head for the hills. Looking towards town everything was stopped. The weather was still wet, but no ice so I took the high road. Up by Sean Dohertys Pub, then swung a left towards Marley Park. I had the road to myself. There is usually a great view of the city from up here but in the rain and grey dark the city lights looked like struggling candles. From the back of Marley Park I took the Lamb Doyles road and only met up with traffic again as I got near the landmark pub. We took to the high road again towards the Blue light (a more famous landmark pub). At this hour of the morning you have to watch out for deer heading back up the mountains after feasting on the gardens in the foothills. I take a small lane from here to Stepaside where I joined the traffic going to Ballyogan Road. As Sat Nav would say I had reached my destination.
Just a daily commute to work, in winter, but on a bad day, it can get the head clear, the light at the end of a tunnel. Ok sometimes it is miserable but the majority wins.
Available in many off licenses
Guinness has launched two new porters, making their contribution to the Craft Beer market. The West Indie Porter is the stronger of the two with an Alc content of 6%. Normally I try stick to the lower alcohol varieties but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor and quality of the West Indies Porter. You have the taste of the roast without the bitter sting of the gas at the back of your mouth. The Alc strength does not overwhelm the enjoyment of the beer. Well worth a visit.
I have been told that the Dublin Porter is available on draught in selective outlets. It has an Alc of 3.2%, which is more inside my comfort range. Not as much flavor, which may appeal to many. I have not had the pleasure of the draught as of yet but I do look forward to the experience.
Hi, I've been looking at various 354 types on the internet. I quite fancy a late 1950s early 1960s Jawa. Would you know what the seat height is on this model? I have a 31 inch inside leg so I need to be careful about seat height.
ARE YOU A PILOT?.. I THOUGHT I WAS ..
You think you have lived to be 80 plus and know who you are, then along comes someone and blows it all to hell!
An old Marine Pilot sat down at the Starbucks, still wearing his old USMC flight jacket and ordered a cup of coffee. As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him. She turned to the pilot and asked. Are you a real pilot? He replied, 'Well, I've spent my whole life flying planes, first Stearmans, then the early Grummans... Flew a Wildcat and Corsair in WWII, and later in the Korean conflict, Banshees and Cougars. I've taught more than 260 people to fly and given rides to hundreds, so I guess I am a pilot, and you, what are you?
She said, 'I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about naked women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about naked women. When I shower, I think about naked women. When I watch TV, I think about naked women. It seems everything makes me think of naked women.'
The two sat sipping in silence.
A little while later, a young man sat down on the other side of the old pilot and asked: "Are you a real pilot?"а
He replied, 'I always thought I was, but I just found out I'm a lesbian.'
Hi there!!, my name is Antonio J.R. Agatiello and I´ll like to became a member. I own a JAWA 350/640 Red Style 1994
I´m going to rebuild the the whole engine and will send you photos of the process.
Hallo from Czech !!! Mates, Motomouse and Michael
Mick, Sadly Mobile, Alabama is a bit too far for me to make you Christmas party, but I wish I could. I imagine the party will be much like your newsletter—very entertaining, or a young people here would say ‘so fun’ . Anyhow raise a glass for me and Merry Christmas to you all! mike
Wishing you a nice and peaceful christmas and a happy new year
Hi Mick.Here is photos of my Jawa 210 Babetta. She was born in Dec.1992.One of the last Czechoslovakian 210,From history u know,when was end of the Czechoslovakia...after Jawa in Slovakia start using Austrian engines Puch and renamed bike for Manet Korado. Before 210 was 207 type.This was one speed automatic gear engine.If u correctly keep eye on oil level checking,u newer can broke this mirracle. If I was younger I own CZ 175 cross,and twoo Jawa 207. I Remember one was made in 1973. Two months ago i buy my two speed automatic Jawa 210 online in Slovakia. First time buying bike without self check and controll.I was so affraid abouth bike condition, but when she was here....u can see on pictures. 22years and look like two years old.I am happy man.
Sorry for my English,I try my best. How manny Czechs is in Irish Jawa club?
Hello, My name is Benjamin Lorenz, and I am interested in joining your club.
BTW, do you know of a replacement part for the picture that I've attached? Part Number 47243030, front brake switch, CZ 472.6. Thanks!
Just to let you know that Josephine and myself will be at the Christmas party on 22 Nov, so if you could include us in the booking, that would be great. Many thanks and looking forward to seeing you, Frank
Hello I was hoping you could help me. I have purchased an Jawa 210 econ. When the engine was running it was making a nasty noise so I purchased another engine off ebay. I fitted this engine and it runs sweat as a nut, but I have noticed that there is no oil plug either to fill, drain or even check the oil. Is this engine correct ? as the engine which came out of the bike had a plug on top and one on the bottom.
Thank You P Sayers
With 2014 in the rear view mirror, it is time to embrace 2015. Yet it is no harm to spare a thought for the years gone by. Since the restart of the JAWA Cz Club in Ireland we have had the luxury of a dealer, with new bikes coming on stream. Remember when we restarted, the JAWA bike range included, 50cc, 125cc (two models), 250cc, 350cc (2 models), 650cc (2 models), a 660cc in the pipeline. Now Ireland has no dealer, Jawa are reported to be launching the 1000cc, thinking of a 1200cc and turning their back on lower cc models. With Cuba and American relations improving, the trusty 350cc JAWA being challenged by eu regulations. The 250cc gone, the 50cc and 125 to follow,and no mention of their plans for the 660cc. Where exactly are they headed.
Ireland is a small island so perhaps I am just unable to see the bigger picture, not thinking as a continent. Luck for us we are a club. All we have to worry about is having as good a time, on our trusty bikes. That is where our strength lies. Most of us ride Jawa because of the good earlier experiences with the bikes. Many friendships have built up and withstood the test of time. So let’s do what we do best. Enjoy the crack, the challenge, the company. My new year moto is no regrets. You only regret what you have not done.