On the 7th February 2015 the JAWA CZ Club Ireland received a very new member. Her name is Róisín and although she has yet to own a JAWA, she has motorcycling in her DNA;). Martin & Michaela or Mammy and Daddy, as proud parents have not only boosted our numbers, but also they have reduced the average age of our Club members.
Róisín has already attended a club event, the club Christmas Party. Although not yet born she behaved perfectly. We look forward to seeing her at future events and send our best wishes to Róisín and mammy and daddy.
Clogheen, Co. Tipperary
April 24th, 25th and 26th 2015
We are back in Clogheen this year after an absence of 3 years for the 7th Weekend. For those of you who have not been there before Clogheen is a small village at the base of the Knockmealdown Mountains in Co. Tipperary. The site is called Parsons Green. A really nice site with lots of little attractions. Check out the official website - http://www.clogheen.com/index.htm
We will all be together in the one area in Mobile homes and tents. Check in time is from 4pm on Friday 24th April. With a visit to a local bar that night for a chat and singsong.
On Saturday the 25th we will have a run out in the area leaving at 12 midday approx. A nice leisurely spin with a stop for lunch. We will have the usual prize giving ceremony on our return with 3 really nice trophies for best Jawa/CZ, Best Other Make and Furthest Travelled. There will also be limited quantities of the rally t-shirts for sale for €10 each and Jawa CZ Club mugs at €5 each.
We will again visit a local bar that night for a final blast before everyone packs up on Sunday for the return journey home. It should be a great weekend. We are looking forward to meeting everyone.
Please bring your Jawa and CZ machines along even if it is only for a day trip on the Saturday. All other makes more than welcome.
Mobile home rental is by pre-booking with the site directly. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Special price for the weekend is €160 for 2 nights Friday and Saturday. Mobile homes can sleep 6.
Please note: There is no bank or filling station in Clogheen so please get your cash and petrol in the nearest town i.e. Clonmel, Cahir, Lismore or Dungarvan depending what direction you are coming from.
A married Irishman went into the confessional and said to his priest, 'I almost had an affair with another woman.'
The priest said, 'What do you mean, almost?'
The Irishman said, 'Well, we got undressed and rubbed together, but then I stopped.'
The priest said, 'Rubbing together is the same as putting it in. You're not to see that woman again. For your penance, say five Hail Marys and put 50 euro in the poor box.'
The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers, and then walked over to the poor box. He paused for a moment and then started to leave. The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him saying, 'I saw that. You didn't put any money in the poor box!'
The Irishman replied,
Its not complete without a sing song.
I paid my 15 euro to get in to this Show on Saturday 28th February, and I didn’t wind up feeling my money had been completely wasted.
This is not a report on the Show in any sense. I’m the worst person you could find to write a report, as there were so many stands there that were of no interest to me and I simply breezed by them. So here are my impressions of some of the displays.
I passed very quickly by the usual Japanese, German and US-machinery stands. No interest in them. Though I did like the Polaris group ("Victory" and "Indian") machinery. For what one gets, the "Indian" machines seemed really well priced -- if one were in the market for that sort of machine. They've taken a load of styling cues from the 1930s Indians. They seemed notably cheaper than Harleys too, unless I got that wrong. (By the way: thinking of all the Transformers-style machines on the Japanese and German stands, I’m beginning to believe the JAWA 1000 – as depicted on the ‘Net, see elsewhere in this magazine – mightn’t be too far out of line with prevailing trends.)
The Ducati Scrambler range looked very good. Not my sort of thing, but very well done. The KTM 390 single that looked so impressive on the Internet seemed less so to me when I saw it in the metal and plastic. Perhaps that’s because it's obviously aimed at an age group somewhat younger than mine. The Triumph stand looked good too. I like the Bonnevilles, though perhaps not the "America" model so much.
And the best till last: I was completely knocked out by the tan-coloured Royal Enfield UCE 500 on the EvoMotorworks stand. They're the official franchisee for Ireland, the nice young lady told me, though they're based in Lurgan, which is actually in Northern Ireland. Half the fun of these shows is trawling the stalls where all sorts of interesting – for which you might substitute “weird” – stuff is for sale. I spent any time I had to spare from drooling over the Royal Enfields in looking around at the things for sale. I bought nothing, though. Knowing my own easily-led nature I’d brought very little spare money with me and left my credit cards back home.
There were some lovely restored machines there, mostly British. And a stand from the Vintage Japanese Club; this had some real beauties too, some of them the kind of things I’d have seen around when I was a teenager (Bridgestone motorcycles, anyone?). Three restored Heinkel scooters, beautiful jobs. And a completely insane home-made V-twin from Holland, with two cylinders from a Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial aircraft engine from before WWII. This thing started and ticked over for a while. Sounded just like an airplane engine, which I suppose would be what you'd expect.
Not a bad afternoon for fifteen slices of euro-dosh!
Wife: 'What are you doing?'
Wife: 'Nothing . . . ? You've been reading our marriage certificate for an hour.'
Husband: 'I was looking for the expiry date.'
Wife: 'Do you want dinner?'
Husband: 'Sure! What are my choices?'
Wife: 'Yes or no.'
Poem by Taylor Mali
There once was a religious young woman who went to Confession. Upon entering the confessional, she said, 'Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.'
The priest said, 'Confess your sins and be forgiven.'
The young woman said, 'Last night my boyfriend made mad passionate love to me seven times.'
The priest thought long and hard and then said, 'Squeeze seven lemons into a glass and then drink the juice.'
The young woman asked, 'Will this cleanse me of my sins?'
The priest said, 'No, but it will wipe that smile off of your face.'
W e’ve booked accommodation once again in Farran Farm Hostel in Ballacolla, Co Laois. http://www.farmhostel.com/ Rooms are available in the hostel, and camping space (plus a shower facility) in the field behind.
Many of you will know this hostel already. If you don’t know it, rest assured it’s a marvellous place.Please book direct with the hostel if attending; contact by e-mail on the website above, or phone Marty or Wendy Phelan at (00-353)-57-873 4032.
As distinct from previous years, you’re stuck with me as so-called “organiser”. I don’t pretend to have the social or organisational skills of Jim or Catherine Walsh, so I’ll be looking for some kind volunteer to arrange a run-out if one should be called for – I’m utterly useless at that sort of thing. But we hope to organise a bus service to get us to and from the local pub on the Friday and Saturday nights.
It’s a self-catering weekend, so you’d need to bring your own food. Nearest shopping area is Abbeyleix, 10km/6 mls distance.
There’s no rally fee. Pay accommodation costs directly to Marty or Wendy. Ballacolla is some 100km/60 mls from Dublin, and about the same distance from Rosslare. The local landscapes are more restful than spectacular, but that’s what you generally get in any country’s midlands.
Prices are: €20 per person per night for room accommodation, €5 a time for a continental breakfast, and €8 a night per person for camping.
Hope to see you there!
W ith daylight hours getting longer, this is the time to remind you to get your bike in order. If you have been biking over the winter there will be maintenance issues to address to get back in peak condition for the Rally season. If your bike has been stored it is time to charge it up and get a few spins in to check everything out. You will not feel the time slip by and it would be a shame to shorten what is already a short enough season anyway.
Our own JAWA rally is the one of the first of the season which makes getting prepare now all the more important. Check out the details on our Events Page.
If you know of an event where JAWA Motorcyclist are welcome do let us know the details and they will be added to the events page. Do not assume that we know the details. I have guessed wrongly in the past, which is not something to make a habit of.
Father O'Malley answers the phone. 'Hello, is this Father O'Malley?'
'It is!', 'This is the Taxation Department. Can you help us?'
'I'll try!' 'Do you know a Ted Houlihan?' 'I do!' ,b>'Is he a member of your congregation?' 'He is!''Did he donate 10,000 euro to the church?'
A n elderly man goes into a brothel and tells the madam he would like a young girl for the night. Surprised, she looks at the ancient man and asks how old he is. 'I'm 90 years old,' he says.
replies the woman. 'Don't you realise that you've had it?'
'Oh, sorry,' says the old man. 'How much do I owe you?'
The internet has come alive with pictures of what could be the JAWA 1000. Having looked at the photos and discussed them with a few JAWA fans I think I can say that we are looking at the most ugly bike ever. If they are struggling for a name I would call it a turtle. It seems they have tried out a few color schemes, but will paint be enough. If the bike was totally covered in a fairing they might be able to improve the lines. The seat looks like the pillion might regret wearing a thong. The riders seat looks comfy and riding position looks ok. The headlamp is gross, and what are the cup holders for, in the headlamp housing and on the tank.
The main drive is chain but I can not tell if it is enclosed. The rear shocks look covered which I like, but this is 1000cc so you have to have quality suspension and solid stopping power. They seem to have alloy wheels. Tubeless tyres would be very important on a bike which might be travelling at speed for some time.
Enfield have done well using the retro British look on their new bikes. Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Harley, Indian, BMW all have a style that you would recognise. They are pretty. Jawa have a history, some of their earlier bikes were beautiful, but it seems that they are not doing the retro look. They are going for the look only a mother could love, or in this case a plumber. I wonder have they considered would people pay 1000cc prices for a bike that they might not like been seen on? Lets face it there is a piece of the Fonz in all of us.
We have no details on the performance or quality of the build. If anyone reading this can give us more information we would love to hear it.
Reading Mick’s views on the JAWA 1000 – if that’s actually what it is, and not just someone’s imagination gone amok – I have to agree with him on the aesthetics of the bikes on view. There are uglier machines on the market, but not that many. Not even one that I could think of, anyhow. But that’s a view from yours truly, and I’m no nipper at sixty-one and I have old-fashioned notions. The only new machines I’ve seen that I like are the Royal Enfield UCE 500, the Mash 400cc, the Triumph Bonneville, and the Moto Guzzi V7. All retros, as they call them nowadays.
We have to concede that many younger motorcycle buyers are quite at home with machines styled like Hasbro’s Transformers. They’ve probably grown up with that kind of styling. So JAWA could be on to a winner here. Personally, I’d love to see this engine slung into a beefed-up replica 1940s Pérák frame, and the whole ensemble given a nice chrome-sided tank and maroon paintwork, and letting the market see what it thought of it. I wish the people in Týnec a huge success with this machine, if this is what they plan to make. I wish also that I could say I might buy one, but unfortunately it’s not for me.
Jawa's sleek design and earlier technology earned it an international reputation. But the Jawa may now have to share the spotlight: Moto FGR, based in Ústí nad Orlicí, east Bohemia, has unveiled a new bike, the FGR 2500 V6 Midalu, which is, quite simply, the fastest in the world.
Six years in the making, the Midalu was a "labor of love" for Stanislav Hanuš, who won a national Moto FGR competition, partly funded by the Industry and Trade Ministry, for the design of the bike, built specifically to house the all-powerful engine conceptualized by Moto FGR's Miroslav Felgr and built by engineer Oldřich Kreuz in 2008.
W e had the pleasure of entertaining Mr Jawa himself in Redcross 2013. As you can see he came properly dressed in his club shirt. We are a small group in Ireland but thanks to our web page and e-mag we have a wide audiance from all around the world. And sometimes legends like Ian even attend our Rallies.
Recently Pat in Bray informed me that a New local Brewery is supplying wonderful stuff down in his local. An opportunity to visit Pat Brennan is always welcome but now it was official club business. As soon as there was a Sunday afternoon free, the Leap card topped up, a bus and rail journey landed me in Bray Dart Station. Time was not to be wasted, Pat scooped me up and whisked me off to the Harbor Bar.
Seated all comfy, in the snug, by the bar, with a turf fire at out backs and a line of inviting taps in front, life ain’t half bad. I will not try and describe all that was on offer but the highlight of the samples was without fear Wolf Amber Ale.
This American Amber Ale is a Hoppy and Caramel flavored American style craft ale.
The first smell delivers a sweet caramel malt background with a blast of citrus and tropical fruit aroma from the Citra and Cascade Hops. The flavor follows suit and a pleasant lightly lingering citrus bitterness mellows with the malt to the end.
4.8%abv 35 IBU’s
Grains: Pale, Dark Crystal, Light Crystal, Roasted Barley,p>Hops: Magnum, Citra, Cascade
Without douth there was hops and body, this was no flat chested super model. When old friends meet conversation is lively, varied, colorful, energetic. I can truly say that American Amber from Wolf Brewery’s was the Velorex on our JAWA. We were two very happy bikers in no rush leave the Amber comfort of the Harbour bar and our good companion the wolf.
The Wolf American Amber from Bray is well worth a taste. If geography allows you could do worse then sample this delight in the very good company of Pat. If you get the opportunity to try this beer you are in for a treat.
Im up in derry, call in for a cuppa sumetime, I have a wee blues act called mojoAworkin you can google it. I have had the ural for a few years, the jawa is recent. The ural is an easy ride due to the forks and wider wheelbase. The jawa takes more effort. Its about the same speed but uses less fuel. Maybe the gearing needs looked at it struggles to pull 4th into a wind or on any incline.The ural will drive up a cliff in any gear
I would like to become a member of the Jawa - CZ club of Ireland. I owned a 350 way back when and would like to find a 350 combination to buy.
I am based in Mayo.
If you know of any email me.
My name is Javier I would like to be part of the jawa cz club I live in the Arkansas US.
Hi attached is a recent " barn find " of a 2 cylinder Jawa..........I cannot determine year or model. One of the attachments is a serial number on the motor casing. Any help much appreciated !
barn2.jpg email me.
Jay in Texas
It is great at a time when we have lost our dealer, when JAWA have stopped producing much of its bike range. That we can still attract new members and interest. Well done Martin, Michaela and Róisín. Exciting times ahead of you now. We promise not to tell Róisín how wild you really are, when she is old enough to listen. Thank you for reducing the average age of the club members.
The email has been very quiet. But then again their has not been any organised spins. However the weather is improving and daylight blows dust off even the most settled fireside biker. Time to get the bikes on the road and make the storys we can tell the world about.
Our international appeal has outstripped the size of our own little club. This is exciting as it can give us an insight into other parts of the world, we are a JAWA community.
A lot of effort goes into organising our Rally and producing our e-mag. Please support the club by actively participating. In truth you will only get out of it what you put in. Organising the rally can cause stress. If you could let us know if you are going to attend it would help us sleep better knowing our effort would not be wasted.