The Adelaide Motorcycle Festival 2012

JAWA Ireland had taken a stand at the Belfast show. A drop dead beautiful JAWA 350cc sporting a full fairing and Blue and Silver paint scheme, was created to be on show to the public for the first time. So the Snail (JAWA 250 Travel) was made ready for a trip up north. The winter has been so mild in Ireland that the little bike has been working away all winter. So besides a clean all that was needed was the chain oiled & tightened.

Various members were heading up, but time routes and modes of transport left the Snail traveling alone. I decided the route up at the last minute. The road to Slane won out. The rain held off but the mist and drizzle were persistant. That said I enjoyed the trip as I had the road mainly to myself and no deadlines to keep. Nice to get a longer run in after the darker days of winter. I always get lost in Belfast but found the show and parked opposite the door.

An enjoyable a walk about the bike park wet my appetite for the main event. The show was easy to navigate around. In truth I passed only a casual look at most of the machines but the Enfield, Kawasaki W800, were wonderful. Inside I bumped into Jim and Catherine in the company of John Shaw. They pointed me in the direction of the JAWA Ireland stand. JAWA Ireland had an impressive array of bikes. JAWA 250 Travel, JAWA 650 Custom, JAWA 650 style outfit, JAWA 660. An impressive array of bikes for a small manufacturer, when you consider that the 125 and 50cc machines were not on display. Pat Brennan Martin and Misa, |Peter, Josef Silvia and Anna, Lada and a blast from the past Richard McMaster. The sidecar received a lot of attention, but the 660 and decorated 350 were the show stoppers on the stand. Well done Pavel the hard work showed in the quality of the display. It is an expense showcasing JAWA in an adjoining country and a lot of work goes into preparing, travel and manning a stand.

With all this excitement the day flew and before I knew it I had to prepare for the trip home. Martin very kindly made me promise to text him on my safe return. As I was at this stage chasing the light I took the main road home. The little Snail held 100k pretty much all the way. She is not an ideal long run machine but with 18000k on the clock she has always risen to the challenge.

Well done to all at JAWA Ireland for putting on a wonderful show.


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Irish Vasectomy

After having their 11th child, an Irish couple decided that that was enough, as they couldn't afford a larger bed. So the husband went to his doctor and told him that he and his wife didn't want to have any more children. The doctor told him there was a procedure called a vasectomy that would fix the problem but it was expensive. A less costly alternative was to go home, get a large firecracker, light it, put it in a beer can, then hold the can up to his ear and count to 10. The husband said to the doctor, "B'Jayzus, I may not be the smartest guy in the world, but I don't see how putting a firework in a beer can next to my ear is going to help me with my problem. "Trust me, it will do the job", said the doctor. So the man went home, lit a cracker and put it in a beer can. He held the can up to his ear and began to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5," at which point he paused, and placed the beer can between his legs so he could continue counting on his other hand.

This procedure also works in Australia, Tasmania and Greece.

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Future of the 2-Stroke

I am riding a 4 stroke now but like most of us who have a history with JAWA CZ or MZ, I still have a fondness for the old 2 Stroke engines. The simple design, less moving parts to wear or need adjusting. The extra power over the 4-stroke engine. The fact that little of the engine power is taken up by the running of the engine, Ever try compress a valve spring? The video below shows the advantage of 2-stroke engines and also points at the open door to its future.

It is not only marine engines that are using this technology. Most cars are using injection which has brought down the cost of injectors. There is also the added advantage that as the fuel feed to the engine is controlled so also can the lubrication of the engine. This make for a more fuel efficient and cleaner running machine.

There is also a power advantage but the focus is on making the 2-stroke a viable engine into the future so efficiency is the way to go. JAWA are still selling good quantities of the 350 2 stroke into many of her old markets. The large crank gives the JAWA a very trials feel which is unusual for a 2 stroke. But as time goes on they need to embrace technology like this, for the legendary marathon machine of the factory to continue in production.

Steam engines were dropped at a time when they were setting speed records, when flash boilers were making the engines more efficient, smaller and easier to start. Is fuel injection a life belt for the 2 stroke or is it too little too late?

Mick Doran

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Arrogance of Authority

A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas , and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The rancher said, "Okay , but don't go in that field over there.....", as he pointed out the location. The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me !" Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. "See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land!! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself you understand?!!" The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores. A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull...... With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified. The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs.....

"Your badge, show him your BADGE.......!!"

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Fitting a Crank

Hi, The method i use is my domestic freezer while my wife's not looking :-). But first i wrap the crank in plastic bag to try and seal it in whilst in freezer. I've used this method for quite a few years with different Jawa's 634 / 638 e.t.c. and find that assembly is very easy this way.

All the best Terry

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I went to the chemist & said 'Have you got anything for hiccoughs? And he jumped up & hit me right across the face with a cloth. And I said, 'What did you do that for?' 'There you are' he said, 'you haven't got hiccoughs now have you?' I said, 'I never had them - it's for my wife.'


Our Club weekend is up on the site. If you plan on staying in a mobile it would be as well to book as they have to be prepared. On the map you will see the location and google can do up a route.

There is a Spin to Wexford on 18th March. The National Heritage Centre is worth a visit with a good restaurant, and gift shop. So take advantage of the extra daylight and meet us there at 12.30 for Lunch.

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Orange Union of Heerde

Dear bike enthusiast,

On Queen's Day we organise the Orange Ride Heerde and a show tour with legendary (25 years or older) classic European motorcycles and mopeds.

Between 13.00-14.30 hours, first comes a show in the town parking lot where the public can admire the engines. Then participants will leave for a Oranjerit of ± 35 km. a winding dike along the river and then through a wooded area.

Participation is free! Location: Dorpsstraat Heerde.

On our you will find more information.

You will also find information on this site about the show and and the Orange Ride we organised last Queen's Day with some legendary Minis. (photo 2011).

Sincerely, Jan Modderman, Association Board member Orange Heerde

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I bought a greyhound about a month ago. A friend of mine said, 'what are you gonna do with it?' I said 'I'm gonna race it' He said 'By the look of it I think you'll beat it'

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Jawa Legend

There is a lot of speculation over JAWA making an announcement or launching a new Model. There has been roumers of a 400cc in line V engine in the custom frame. Or possibly a custom version using the 660 engine. It could even be news on the 1000cc. Winter months can lead to speculation among the bike hungry. As we have yet to uncover any fact to the rumour we have not published any of gossip or suspicious photos that have circulated. But be assured when we hear something definite we will let you know. In the meantime this photo of the Jawa Legend to show what is possible.

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Pencil Tatra.

These photos are from our friend Mr Tomáš Franc of the village of Nový Rychnov, the place in the South-Central Czech Vysočina where my old friend Franta Sváta lives. Frank Swords and I (Koarrl Szalcsak too) visit the place every year in October. Steve Adams and Dave Howard have been there as well.

Anyway, this story concerns the firm of Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth a.s. They've been making pencils since 1790. They're based in the city of České Budějovice, which isn't all that far from Nový Rychnov.

It appears that during the 1930s they'd commissioned a car that was shaped like a pencil, based on a contemporary Tatra. This car didn't survive the Protektorát, the Nazis, the Second World War and the Communists. All that remained were two black-and-white photos of the original.

Last year the company decided they wanted to recreate this promotional car. So they approached Tomáš Franc. He got on with it. See the results in the photos he sent me.

The donor car was a Tatra 57. The Pencil Car was on display at the recent Frankfurt Auto Show. It's one heck of a display model.

Pat Brennan


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Dia Dhuit

The JAWA Stand in Belfast was a credit to all the Hard work, passion and dedication that Pavel puts into his hobby and Job. In the present climate to survive is an achievement, but JAWA Ireland have turned selling JAWA bikes into an art form. Well done guys.

The longer days and mild dry weather puts thoughts of a spin very to the fore. We thought a trip to the National Heritage Centre in Wexford would tick most of the boxes. It is fed by good roads, and has a lovely restaurant to feed us after we arrive. They do not take bookings but suggested we be there for 12.30. I look forward to seeing any who can attend.

Our main event this year in April takes place in Redcross. Details on the events page. If you want to book a mobile home you should do so early to avoid disappointment. Camping is also available. Pub restaurant shop and chipper, are all within easy distance. So mark your calendar.

Last month we put a flag counter on the index page of the web site. Or the hall door to the growing number of pages on the site. In the month we have had over 480 hits on this page from 50 countries. It shows the interest that is out there for JAWA, and how much a common interest can shrink the world.

Go raimh maith agut to all who have donated and helped with this Issue. Lost only for you guys.


Mick Doran

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