When Big Jim and Catherine planted the idea of hosting a JAWA rally to commemorate the 1984 Blackwater rally, in Ger’s head, back in 2009, nobody could have imagined the spin we were undertaking or that we would still be biking away in 2016.
The early rallies were supported by the large number of Czech and former eastern block people who had come to Ireland to work. The large turnout took us all by surprise. We were speechless. People had not come to live in Ireland since the Cromwell plantations. Pavel and JAWA Ireland fed new bikes and restored older machines to the roads. To elder lemons (like myself) used to meeting up as the same old bunch, this opportunity was to be enjoyed. So the Club, Web page, and e-mag were born.
As we launch into 2016, the landscape has changed. JAWA are offering a smaller range of bikes. We have lost our dealer. The recession has seen many leaving the country once again. But so what. None of us would claim that JAWA ever supplied the best bikes in the world. They may be the most underestimated manufacturer, when the bikes have the backing of a little know how and a source of parts, they are up to the job. But it should not be the clubs job to fill that space. At the end of the day clubs are about people sharing experience and interests. I for one have made wonderful friends, shared great adventures, stored wonderful memories. Or as we put say in Ireland shared the crack.
So let’s enjoy the opportunities the Club and each other’s company offers us. As Buzz Lightyear would say, To infinity and beyond.
I picked up my 250 Jawa with luggage from JP Motorcycles at the end of September.I had to downsize from a Kawaker Gtr 1000 after suffering a couple of heart attacks in July.It was the first 250 I had ridden for forty years and I wondered how it would go two up to Wexford and on to Baltimore in West Cork but that was for tomorrow as we were spending the night at my brother in laws.
The first and so far only problem was the constant scraping of the badly fitter side stand when going around even the widest of corners and of course it did not work but rather allowed the bike to slowly fall over. The next day we were off to Carne Beach in Wexford for the week. Taking the back roads the bike handled fine except for the side stand which I forgot to remove before we left as there was only 4k on the clock the saddle was a bit hard but the bike was smooth and crusing along at sixty there was no need to change gear very often and the weather was beautiful and it was a great spin which gave about 70mpg.
During the week we took the bike around Wexford and South Wicklow and had a great time. The bike attracted a lot of attention wherever we went which anoyed some of the Harley lads. The spin home to Baltimore is largely motorway and again the bike did not really dissapoint crusing along nicely between sixty and seventy mph. I have been riding the bike as much as possable since we got home and it is fine on the awful West Cork roads.
I suppose I could and probably will keep the bike for the next year.I would rather a 350 two stroke as they are taller bikes which would make a big difference to the comfort on long runs but I missed a sports one before I got the 250 but if one came along as a swap I would probably do it.I do not mind if I have to stay with the two fifty as it is fun to ride and the factory fitted luggage is grand for a weekend away or longer if you have the use of a washing machine. The bike is a 2012 model with 5k on the clock.
Dave J Syms Baltimore.
T he JAWA CZ Club Ireland Christmas party was the bright light in the sky towards the end of 2015. The men and girls who made it to the Czech Inn for our festivities, would not claim to be wise but were delighted they came.
As Cathal and I arrived at the Inn Frank and Catherine were just mounting the steps. The Inn was not full and Martins name secured the best seats in the house for us. The jugs of beer started to flow just as Pat Brennan and Dave arrived. In no time at all Martin and Mise, Pat G, Brain Moore, Gerry and Breda had taken up seats. Roisin could not make it, there was no glass slipper or mouse drawn carriage for her, but she is still a princess, her fairy god mother may well have been doing the baby sitting. Surprise visitors were the Duke, and Pat Fanning, good job there was not a mileage reward. Mr. Fanning could not stay long but it was great to catch up with him again.
During the evening the Duke make a very generous donation towards the running of the Club Web page. Martin Mise and Rosin had been visiting her Grandparents. They brought back a model of a JAWA 250 enduro ( the newest JAWA in Ireland) which was raffled. Competition was stiff, it looked like Franks deep pockets were once again to win the prize but I was fortunate and became the proud owner. I have not kept the model as I had promised Pat Fanning I would get him a JAWA so it became his Christmas box. The raffle raised 20 Euro for the club which I will pass on to Ger to help towards the rally this year.
Thank you to Martin for organizing us, and to the members who could make it. With so many of our members having left the country, JAWA Ireland closing its doors, it is good that we can still pull a good crowd and loose ourselves in the company of friends. Rest assured that a toast was raised to absent friends.
Back on January 9th, a group of bikers were riding west on I-74 when they saw a girl about to jump off the Murray Baker Bridge. So they stopped. George, their leader, a big burly man of 53, gets off his Harley, walks through a group of gawkers, past the State Trooper who was trying to talk her down off the railing, and says, "Hey Baby.....whatcha doin' up there on that railin'?" She says tearfully, "I'm going to commit suicide!!"
While he didn't want to appear "sensitive," George also didn't want to miss this "be-a-legend" opportunity either so he asked ....."Well, before you jump, Honey-Babe...why don't you give ole George here your best last kiss?"
So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing and did just that ... and it was a long, deep, lingering kiss followed immediately by another even better one. After they breathlessly finished, George gets a big thumbs-up approval from his biker-buddies, the onlookers, and even the State Trooper, and then says, ,b."Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had, Honey! That's a real talent you're wasting, Sugar Shorts. You could be famous if you rode with me. Why the hell are you committing suicide?",
It's still unclear whether she jumped or was pushed.
B ack in 2010 after the Snail was run in, one of the earliest modifications carried out was replacing the silencers. The original silencer was mounted solidly, but the dust cover over the weld had a habit of shaking loose and rattling up and down the pipe. The replacement silencer was lighter, let the engine breath better which removed some engine vibration. It was not as solid a structure but cosmetically help up ok up to 2015.
The pipe to silencer join has been trouble free however the silencer itself is braced by a single bracket which attaches to a sliding mount. This sliding mount started to splinter. Moving the bracket along bought time but opened the mounting like a tin opener.
I toyed with the idea of reverting back to the old silencer. It would require a weld, which I could not do myself. But on reflection after weighing up the advantages of the newer ones I simply purchased another to replace the damaged one. I also used a piece of metal to brace the bracket and hopefully spread the load along the silencer mount. Hopefully this will give me more then another 5 years of use. Changing over the silencer and drilling the new brackets for support only took a few hours, so the Snail was once again ready for action.
S urprising sales figures for New Bikes in the UK. Figures are coming through for new bike sales in the UK which are showing a big increase in sales again this year after a 10% increase in sales from 2014 to 2015. The surprising bit for me is the performance of Lexmoto a small company based in the city of Exeter in Devon selling Chinese made motorcycles. They have concentrated on 50cc and 125cc scooters and 125cc motorcycles.
The scooter range has 17 models with the top seller Lexmoto Scout selling at £649. This scooter was the top selling 0-50cc scooter in the UK from 2011 to 2014 and is again up near the top to the end of November 2015. I do not have yearend figures as yet.
The motorcycle range has 19 models and they are all 125cc. Some really nice machines here and they are great value for money. The Lexmoto Arrow selling for £849 which is very similar to my Keeway Speed 125cc and uses the same copy of the Honda CG125cc OHV engine. I have nothing but praise for my Keeway and cannot fault it coming up to 3 years of ownership now.
If you fancy a more modern looking naked bike how about the Lexmoto Venom selling for £1,449.
This uses the more modern 125cc OHC engine with balancing shaft. It also comes with an MP3 player and speakers! The latest figures I have are for year to date to November is 51 cc to 125cc motorcycles up 15.3%. The biggest increase in sales though is for 651 cc to 1000cc motorcycles up 26.3%. By the way Lexmoto are the 3rd highest selling make behind Yamaha in 2nd and Honda in 1st.
Not a bad showing at all from this little team from Devon.
I've never written to you before, but I really need your advice on what could be a crucial decision.
I've suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual signs...phone rings, but if I answer, the caller hangs up. My wife has been going out with the girls a lot recently, although when I ask their names she always says, "Just some friends from work, you don't know them." I sometimes stay awake to look out for her cab coming home, but she always comes walking up the drive as I hear the sound of a car leaving, around the corner, as if she has gotten out and walked the rest of the way. Why? Maybe she wasn't in a taxi at all? I once picked up her cell phone, just to see what time it was. This caused her to go completely berserk. She quickly snatched the phone out of my hand and cursed me hysterically, screaming that I should never touch her personal property, then accused me of trying to spy on her.
Anyway, I have never broached the subject with my wife. I think deep down I just didn't want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to really check on her. I decided I was going to park my Harley Davidson Lowrider next to the garage and then hide behind it so I could get a good view of the street around the corner when she came home. It was at that moment, crouching behind my motorcycle that I noticed a small amount of motor oil leaking through the gasket between the rear head and rocker arm cover.
So...is this something I can easily repair myself or do you think I should take it back to the dealer?
One of the sad losses in 2015 was the passing of Val Doonican. A true gentleman of music. A lovely smooth voice and memorable collection of songs. He even had a tv show for a while, but started out his career in gigs and weddings. I am sure you will enjoy this number.
In the 70's David Bowie brought drama, art, and expression to 18 to 30 year olds. I remember the Irish Jawa Club at that time, the bikes Smoking there way around the country. Some of you might remember Coleman and Joe. Colemans 624 won best JAWA at one of the UK rallys, he always kept it sparkling. Joe was a big Bowie fan. Joe also shared in a few trip, Birr his home town, Bundoran, Galway. Bowie put words to feelings, he was the Lady GaGa of the time, making more then just music. So many of his songs are tied directly to our lives. Hearing them just takes you back there. Bowies life and death are like a stage show. You have to wonder will the star man blow his mind.
This is one of the songs that takes me back. Enjoy.
With Christmas behind us, a fresh new year at our back. Its time to start planning our festivities.
Detail will be fleshed out as plans come together. Keep an eye on the Events Page. for details.
Hello. Finnish Jawasakki meeting 2016 will be 10.-12.6. More information:
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.
No, this isn't a message about S&M or other peculiar sexual practices. It's a British motorcycle movie from 1964. The story's fairly humdrum, as was common enough among British movies of the 1960s, but some of the motorcycle scenes are quite good.
The love interest is Rita Tushingham, who was a fixture in UK movies of the Sixties but more or less vanished thereafter (yes, she's still alive and well).
Not a Japanese machine to be seen anywhere, nor anything other than British. What would these riders have thought if they'd been told that in fifty-one years the coming manufacturers would be Chinese? And that the Japanese had been the movers 'n' kickers in the meantime?
Anyway, if you have the patience to watch it on a computer.
PS Just read on IMDb that when this movie went on show in Britain, the Marlon Brando vehicle "The Wild One" -- made as long back as 1953 -- was still banned in the UK. Makes no sense to me.
A n old Christmas song starts Deck the Halls. At the Christmas Party Martin did just that wearing his club shirt. I am sure seeing this picture will have girls worldwide clamouring to join the club, hoping to be lucky enough to get a club shirt. But I assure you Mise has given me permission to use the photo. With Roisin Martin has as many girls in his life as he can handle.
Displayed your club shirt with pride.
Carrig Brewing Co.
Over the festive period I tried some interesting brews, Sozzled Santa, Rosey Nosey, O’Shea Celebration and Winter Brew. In truth most were just a little over the top for me. I like cloves and barley but you can get to much of them.
In January the family took me to a pub for lunch to celebrate my 58 birthday. There was a good selection of Craft beers on tap so I enjoyed a lovely pint of Rowers Red Ale. After all the fuss and rich food of Christmas followed by the New Year celebrations it was pleasant to sup at a smooth, slightly malty ale with only the slightest hint of bitterness. There was a moderate amount of carbonation under the quarter finger high beige head that left a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer had a rich amber color and is very easy to enjoy. Sometimes simple is best.
Brewers description: This Amber Ale combines the flavours and aromas of classic earthy hops, the caramel warmth of malt, a fruity sweetness imparted by a fine yeast and caps it off with a soft, palate- cleansing bitterness to finish.
Well done the Carrig Brewing Co. I shall be back.
Hallo Everyone, A belated Happy New Year to all of you. I hope we can meet soon again.
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Hi, a Very Happy New Year to you and your family, and lets make 2016 a really enjoyable Jawa/CZ year.
Regards. Ian Bridge (Swindon Area Group)
Cheers !!!. Antonio.
Sorry I could not make the Christmas Party. Sound like a great night and a great turn out. Fair play to John Kitney for donating. Also Martin and Mise.
I am sorry not to have met Pat Fanning as last time I met him was in Blackwater in 1984 and he was driving an orange Skoda Estelle like my one.
Hope you all have a great Christmas.
Dear all, thank you for the newest JAWA Morocyclist, we also wish you wonderful Christmas!
Best regards, Markéta Stankova JAWA Moto
Thanks for the mag. When I got engaged to Pat (not yours) in October 1971 we went to the Chateau Impney near Droitwich a local nightclub venue - to celebrate and the DJ played Ernie just for us! It always makes us smile and we will have been married 44 years in January 2016.
Best wishes for 2016 to you all.
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