Mick Doran and I travelled down together from Dublin and Wicklow to Clogheen on Friday afternoon, 15 April. It was a lovely afternoon for travelling. Mick was on his JAWA 250cc Travelka twin, the so-called “Silver Snail”. I had to work at keeping up with him, as my lovely MZ Skorpion is only a 660cc single. The rider is a lot slower than the motorcycle in my case.
At Clogheen we found a fair few people already there (Mick was staying in one of the mobile homes on site, I and a few others were staying in the bed & breakfast place in the nearby village). Mick cooked up a vegetarian curry – very nice too – and invited Martin and Michaela (parents of young Róisín) to share. Didn’t offer Róisín any curry, though. At 14 months old, she might have found curry a bit of an ordeal.
We wound up in Brendan’s Bar in the village that night, quite a crew of us – Mick, Brian Moore, Pat Gernon, Ron Mills and Cliff, John Nicholls, John on an RE 500, Bill Holmes, Alistair Matheson, Ger and Margaret Duhig, Bill Brugman, Peter George, and myself. The conversation that followed was intriguing (and a lot of fun) on a few levels, so much so that landlord Brendan turned down the inevitable pub TV so he could listen in. At one point he leaned over to Mick, who was playing his mandolin quite nicely, and whispered to him, “You’re wasting your time!” But Mick didn’t listen to this kind of kibitzing. And after a whole lot of hours spent talking of this ‘n’ that, we cleared off to our respective homes for the night.
After breakfast next morning, I took some few minutes to re-fit the side stand springs (I’d managed to knock them out of alignment somehow the day before, while parking in Kilkenny). For this, I added a new item to the toolkit: a pair of rubber gloves, bought at 8 am in the local Centra. I’m spoiled by having Viton gloves back home. And way too old to enjoy having oily hands. Back at the site, more of our regulars were turning up. John and Daniela from Romania (though not directly from there), Peter Redmond on his trusty 1951 Vincent Comet, John Burke, Dominik, and Alan Kane. Quite a good turnout all round.
We got going on the runout about midday, I travelling in luxury as a passenger in Ger’s LandRover Defender. We went to the nearby town of Cahir (where Brendan McDonald and Gerry Quigley joined us) for something to eat, and to a spectacular piece of scenery called The Vee. Apart from the very good photos accompanying this article, I can only advise checking out this place on your favourite search engine. It’s a valley, a set of hairpin roads, and an amazing view from the top. “See Naples and die?” Hardly. See The Vee and keep on riding.
Back at Parson’s Green, Mick and Ger presided over the awards and made suitable speeches, all of which were very well received. The prizes were beautifully finished miniature chalice-like cups – aside from the printed awards Mick provided for other recipients. The winners were:
The special printed cartoon awards Mick produced went to:
That was essentially the lot, apart from some general eating and drinking, and a trip by some of us to Nedeen’s Bar in the village afterwards. And then to bed. Next day was Sunday, and time to go. Saying my goodbyes to anyone I could catch at the early hour of ten am, I sloped off on my lovely Skorpion. I’m sure it was the same for all of us travelling that day, but for me it was one of the nicest day trips I’d had in years. No rain, little traffic, riding more on the throttle than on the gearbox (no small undertaking on a Skorpion).
Huge thanks to Ger and Mick for laying on such a good weekend.
Thanks to William Holmes for the ride out video.
Pat Daly with his wife Rita
P Pat Daly (as I knew him; he was Pádraig to some other people, Paddy to some more), died on Sunday 21 February. He was 83 years old.
I had known Pat for over thirty years. He had first come to call on me because of our shared interest in JAWA motorcycles. Over the following years we had kept in contact. I stayed with him a few times at his bungalow in County Wexford. There he kept his two model 360s, practically identical, in a room in the house that he used as a second garage.
Pat had travelled quite extensively. On his first JAWA, a 250cc Pérák, he had ridden with a pillion to Rome and back in 1952. Around 1999 he rode to a Danish JAWA-ČZ rally with Ian Bridge and Edgar Uher. Later he and I travelled (in his car) to the Jawa-CZ Owners Club rally at Holbeach in East Anglia in 2004, where we had the pleasure of meeting new friends Koarl Szalcsak and Mehmet Özge Deren, along with Edgar Uher and many other old friends known to us both. And Pat won an award at the Northern Ireland Garrison MZRC rally in Co Fermanagh some years ago – and it’s not a short trip from Wexford to Fermanagh.
He was forever devising ingenious solutions to problems he’d encountered on his machines. As a lecturer in Dublin’s Bolton Street (Institute of Technology) College, he was able to persuade his pupils to do an occasional spot of welding for him. One of his frequent phrases when showing me a small but cleverly-designed tool or replacement part was, “The lads in the College ran this up for me”. He would have done all the work himself aside from the final welding job.
Apart from his two JAWAs, he had somehow got hold of a pair of Puch VS50 mopeds – neat little machines of a type I remembered seeing around in the early Sixties.
Pat was a very enthusiastic Irish-language supporter and speaker. But being also a considerate man, he always communicated with me in English. In recent years, Pat’s health had declined quite sharply. He was fortunate in this sad period to be cared for very attentively by his devoted wife Rita.
Pat’s funeral was held on 24 February, and he is buried in Kilmore Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
T his is a photograph taken of our good friend Eugene Carton at an old MZ Rally venue, that is the Climbers Inn, Glencar, Co.Kerry. It was a venue for many a good Rally organised by Eugene in the 80's.
This photo was taken in October 2009 when I drove down on my TS125 and Eugene brought me on a tour of The Lakes and Black Valley and back around by Killorglin. I followed him on his CG 125, a fantastic machine.
Happy times and a great day out.
A young man with his pants hanging half off his ass, two gold front teeth, and a half inch thick gold chain around his neck; walked into the Dole Office to pick up his check. He marched up to the counter and said, "Hi. You know, I just H A T E drawing welfare. I'd really rather have a job. I don't like taking advantage of the system, getting something for nothing."
The social worker behind the counter said "Your timing is excellent. We Just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful daughter. You'll have to drive around in his 2016 Mercedes-Benz CL, and he will supply all of your clothes." "Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll also be expected to escort the daughter on her overseas holiday trips. This is rather awkward to say but you will also have, as part of your job, the assignment to satisfy her sexual urges, as the daughter is in her mid-20's and has a rather strong sex drive."
The guy, just plain wide-eyed, said,
The social worker said, "Yeah, well...You started it." .....
S arsfields ride is a famous cavalry raid carried out by Patrick Sarsfield, commander of the Irish cavalry at Limerick during the siege’s of 1690/1691. Sarsfield took 500/600 cavalry on a circuitous route from Limerick north west into Clare then doubled back to cross the Shannon into Tipperary at Killaloe then into the Slievefelim Mountains to descend on the siege train at Balleyneaty about 18 miles southeast of Limerick, thus effecting its destruction, in the early hours of August 12th 1690.
The ride is well celebrated in Irish history and is about 65/70 miles long with a further 25 miles back to Ennis. The ride takes in a very remote off the beaten track challenging route less frequented by tourists and includes on optional off road forest road section for the more adventures.
The historical setting is interesting, the scenery is beautiful and the constantly changing quality of the roads makes this rideout a well worth experience.
There is a hostel at Ennis close to the start of the route. Ennis has lots of pubs! Contact me at email me.
CZ Models 453 and 473 are both 125cc motorcycles with the same engine/gearbox from the early 1960's. The 2 stroke single cylinder engine is a simple design that produces 7 hp. It has a four speed gearbox. The main difference is in the wheel size and in some parts of the frame. The 453 models has 16" wheels with 3.00 x 16" tyres front and rear but the 473 known as the 125 Sport has 19" wheels with 3.00 x 19" tyres front and back narrower mudguards and trail bike handlebars. These are easily spotted as being different but as the 19" wheels are much bigger a different centre stand is used and also a longer swinging arm. The 473 is also slightly quicker as a top speed of 85km/h is given compared to 80km/h for the 453. Jikov carb 2920 SBD is given on most information sheets but different carbs seem to be used for different years. I own a model 453 from 1964 and this uses a Jikov 2922 SBD11 carb (The last two numbers on the code 22 means it is a 22mm bore carb. Fuel consumption is given as 2 litres per 100km or approximately 140mpg. The oil is mixed directly in the tank at a recommended ratio of 20:1 after run in. There is a cool filter mesh on top of the tank under the fuel cap. These bikes also have semi automatic clutches. Primary drive is by single roller chain. The gearbox oil also is used to lubricate the pin on the swinging arm.
Charging is by a 6 volt 45w dynamo. I am going to convert mine to 12 volt and use an electronic ignition as supplied by MZ B. They are an easy bike to work on and have a nice style. There are not too many around Ireland. Mine was registered in Co. Meath. Can't wait to try it out after the rebuild!
A cabbie picks up a nun. She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won’t stop staring at her. She asks him why he is staring. He replies: ‘I have a question to ask you but I don’t want to offend you.’
She answers, ‘My son, you cannot offend me. When you’re as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.’
‘Well, I’ve always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.’ She responds, ‘Well, lets see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2, you must be Catholic.’
The cab driver is very excited and says, ‘Yes, I’m single and Catholic!’
‘OK’ the nun says. ‘Pull into the next alley.’ The nun fulfills his fantasy with a kiss that would make anyone blush. When they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying. ‘My dear child,’ says the nun, ‘why are you crying?’
‘Forgive me but I’ve sinned. I lied and I must confess, I’m married and I’m not a catholic.’
The nun says, ‘That’s OK My name is Gary and I’m going to a Halloween party.’
Some more terrible photos of the proposed JAWA 1000 have been leaked. With all that exposed piping called a frame, leaking is the correct word to use. A lot of effort has gone into producing such poor quality photos. This may have been done to protect the public, (not frighten the children).
Hello lads, Pictured is my 1980 jawa 350 oilmaster with 8000 miles on the clock. The bike was featured in "real classic" magazine and came with the original handbook, service manual and also the magazine with the feature article. She is a nice original bike and runs really well, I am looking forward to attending the national rally this year. I don't know which bike to take as I have two jawas including a sidecar outfit and the oilmaster and also a cz 350 sport and a mk1 250 custom. I have some other bikes as well ranging from an r6, ducati st2, royal enfield and some nice 70s two strokes including a tzr 125sp, 250 x7, kh 250 and I am looking for an rd250 to complete the set. I really have a soft spot for jawa cz motorcycles as my first proper bike after my nsu quickly was a cz175 which I used on and off the road, I went everywhere on the 175 and apart from heat seizing a couple of times it never let me down. If anyone has a clean 70s or early 80s 175 for sale, I would be interested.
Hope to meet some fellow jawa cz riders on the road this year.
Regards Anthony from co.Armagh
I keep telling myself if I keep practicing I will get this good. But even if I don't its good to have the goal.
I would like to thank everyone who supported the JAWA CZ Rally. We did not attract a large number of JAWA Pilots. But we did gather a wonderful bunch of assorted bikers. It is with confidence I can say that a wonderful time was had by all.
Keep an eye on the Events Page. for the rally dates.
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.
AHi, We just recvd the parcel from "Irish bike club" ! I am touched to think how much consideration and effort have gone into sending me the club tee shirt!
Attached is a photo of the gift in use, along with the trophy that precipitated it all! Thanks seems a totally inadequate response, but it is the best I can do right now.
Thanks & Regards to you & friends of the bike club.
Nandan Bharat Mata ki Jai. Vande Mataram
Back in the early seventies I used to work in London and drank Watney's Red Barrel which was the obvious drink to have if like me you were a Smithwicks drinker.There was a revolution going on to have Real Ale brought to the drinking public and like any good long haired,rugby playing hippie type I could not resist a good protest which was made better by the fact that there might be a free drink at the end of it. The revolution like many others at the time led nowhere the big breweries were just that bit, too big. That was not the end of the desire to have Real Ale in pubs and as the breweries got out of the pub buisness they started to appear under the name of Craft Beers and I was sucked into trying anything both in Ireland and England that had the craft name like Dog's Bollox and which mostly came in bottles although London Pride was a nice pumped beer.
In Ireland the first draught I came across was Rebel Red, The Francescan Brewry in Cork,I loved it. Two years ago my local in Baltimore, the West Cork one, started a as they were now called Micro Brewery. It happened in Casey's of Baltimore and was the brain child of Domnic Casey and his two mates, Henry Thornhill and Kevin Waugh. They now brew three beers a Pale Ale, Sherkin Lass, which is light and I suppose refreshing but while I tried it I will never be a fan of Pale Ale which could also be said of their stout which I have to say nearly converted me as it is creamy and not as bitter as the stuff brewed by Arthur in Dublin. To me the gem is Roaring Ruby which is a cracker of a beer a really near perfect beer with a rich nutty taste not unlike Rebel Red but with it's own destinctive flavour nutty and a fusion of many flavours which shouts out for a second pint and then the keys go in the pocket or behind the bar. It goes really well with the sandwiches which are of the doorstep variety and a meal in themselves. The pub itself is just as you come into the village and there is no greater pleasure than sitting in the beer garden at the back of the place looking up the Ilen river or towards the bay. It remains a hidden gem as the crowds head for the village and Jacobs or Bushes, the best value in sandwiches in the world I kid you not and the chowder is not bad either. Back to Casey's which started out as a small pub but has now got a hotel and restraunt attached to it which serves local food and is very nice although the prices reflect the fact that the food is local and organic but it is worth going there for one meal which will not streach the budget to far. Casey's is part of the Wild Atlantic Way which has got to be one of the worlds great bike rides which is best done in sections if for no other reason that there are seventeen Craft Brewries on the way from Donegal to Kinsale which is a lot of beer to be sampled.
Baltimore is a great place to base yourself to ride the twisties of West Cork and there is a Hostel called The Top of The Hill Hostel which is a former pub and while basic is fine and not too dear. There is camping in Skibbereen which is about ten k away and many B&B's There are plenty of places to eat in the village as there are in Skibb. Jacobs do really nice pizzas along with assorted other dishes and like Casey's you can sit outside or perhaps inside with the front of the pub opened to the view because the entire front and side are made up of folding glass. Of course you could sit outside Bushes and eat one of their best value in the world sandwiches. There is another pub which it would be rude not to mention if only for it's great smoking area to the back of the pub which has music a couple of nights a week during the summer it is on the hill just before the village and is called The Algiers in memory of the population of the village who were taken as slaves in the eighteenth century by the Barberry Pirates and were never seen again. The Algiers does nice food which is probably the best value in Baltimore but because of it"s strange opening hours and lack of view is the least popular of the villages pubs. There are several festivals during the year and if the weather is fine the place is packed at the weekend by people who come from Cork to leave one crowd for another but the buzz is good and there are bikers from all over Europe who seem to either stay for a day or so or are gone in fifteen minutes like Americans who are whisked from one destination to another as if there was no tomorrow, holiday of a lifetime my arse.
It really is a shame that so many Irish bikers miss out on West Cork, the third largest county in the country. The roads are not so bad and some of them are the best I have ridden. The road from Skibbereen to Schull and all places west is a joy to ride. There is a great camp site at Hungry Hill about fifteen miles past Bantry. Skibbereen had it's first bike fest last September which was great and there is a compition for the best bikes with beautiful hand crafted wodden prizes. The entire event is free and last year Bagatelle gave a great gig on Main Street. I don't know whether it will happen this year but I suspect it will and I will let you know. There was an amazing display of stunt riding by Matty McGrath the worlds number three stunt rider who hails from Galway and the things he can do on his custom BMW are worth coming for, he is sponsored by BMW which he feels holds him back due to the weight of the bike. He is a really nice guy and spent hours signing pictures and having selfies taken. He did three shows on the Sunday and one on the Saturday night. It was great not to be harressed by people collecting for charities or anything else. It was I have to say way better than the Bike Frst in Killarney. None of thr prizes for the best bikes went to local bikers which was done with the agreement of the locals to get people to come back.
Anyway back to the beer I have to say that craft beers are the future and you can get a tasting of the ones from Caseys where they do tours of the brewry in the summer for a fiver which comes with a pint or sample tray. I for one will not be going back to Smithwicks anytime soon and if you are like me try Rebel Red you will not be sorry.
I was going to list the brewries on the Wild Atlantic Way but I will let you discover them Ride safe..
Dave J Syms
Hi, I recently picked up a clean CZ180. I'm trying to find a mechanic that works on Jawa/MZ. I would appreciate any help. I'm located in Cavan but would travel. email me.
Hello,I'm looking for a silencer for:CZ175Trail as show in the picture. New or used one, depend from price...(with cheapest shipment to Italy)
Thank-you very much!email me.
Hello, I am MOHAN. from Mandya-571403, Karnataka, India. I am JAWA company lover. I have a JAWA 250 353 model 1965. Imported from Czechoslovakia assembled in Ideal JAWA ltd Mysore. Now I do need a original Jikov 26mm carburetor SBD. Kindly request you to provide me the details of availability.
Thanking you, email me.
Dave, sorry to hear about your heart problem, I just want to say thank you!, for all you did for our common passion, motorcycles and it´s way of life. Take care my friend, and keep enjoying life, big hug from Argentina.
Thanks for the correspondence. Hope to see you in Clogheen.
Best Regards. Liam Leahy.
Great work again this, month lads. Keep it going. Brian Moore
Hi, Kenneth from Carlow here. I bought a Lexmoto 125 arrow from Bikeworld last May 2015. Just to let you know that it was well worth the money and is a lovely bike to ride, no problems with it so far.
Hi Mick, I,ve got the Shirt. It fits well. I like it. Thank you Frank Patte Germany
"Včera přinesla pošta v pořádku krásné tričko od Tebe spolu s pár řádky uvnitř". ("Yesterday the postal service delivered a beautiful shirt from Pat with a few written lines enclosed.")
"Thank you so much for the wonderful T-shirt. Size doesn't matter - i can wear everything from M to XXL. I'm flexible, and so are T-shirts."
Koarl Szalcsak in Vienna
Let me start by thanking everyone who supported our 8th National Rally in Clogheen. I would also like to mention Ger and Pat. Ger done all the organising for the Rally. He was suffering a lung infection which forced him to head for home early on the Saturday night. But he stayed to lead the ride out and help with the prize giving. Pat (Mr Jawa) as he is sometimes know counted up all the votes to decide the prizes.
The aim of the club starting out, was to promote the spirit of the JAWA Club of old, supporting each other as JAWA Motocyclists. With JAWA Ireland gone, the few new JAWA's sold and older models that were restored have been changing hands frantically. In 2016 people are not willing to keep on a bike which does not have the support of a dealer. Not just for servicing but for parts and opportunities to upgrade to new machines when the time arrives. I feel confident in saying that the social side of the club has been very successful. I think everyone enjoyed the Rally in Clogheen. However there was a very small participation of actual JAWA bikes. Surprising as in the circumstances we are if anything more dependent on each other than ever before. Through the web page we are in contact with JAWA pilots and fans worldwide. But the local involvement is not happening. In truth there is only a handful of JAWA bikes on the roads in Ireland, with just a few of them keeping any contact with the club. That said we had 30 bikers in Clogheen. The weather stayed dry, and the crack was mighty.
The Facebook page www.facebook.com/JawaIreland/ has been updated with photos and comments. It is hoped that Facebook will introduce more JAWA pilots into the club. It will allow us to announce plans (spins ect) on the spur of the moment. So do feel free to visit and comment on the Facebook page.
Thanks to all who sent in comments and articles. There has been particularly good involvement in this month’s Issue of the JAWA Motorcyclist. When people ask for information in the comments section, do use the email to reply to them where you feel you could add some useful information. We all need a dig out sometimes.
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