I made a video about the Jawatreffen in the Netherlands you can watch.

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Kind regards, Marjolijn den Hartog.

Disaster to Adventure

Surprise visit by Ivan and Pavel (jawacz club Ireland) On their way back from Holland to Hollyhead on his new 2012 jawa 350, After the left piston change we had a look around the CZ 250 471 combo. Then time for Pavel to head to Holyhead and ferry to Ireland. Garry (jawacz club Bedforshire rep came to the rescue with new old stock pistons to get Pavel on his way, all in all it turned out to be a great day had by all.

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What has prompted this outpouring is the imminent purchase of a 639 with 5000km showing and a couple of other 350s which I've had for years which could provide transport.

You'd live at Jiri's pub about half a mile from my house-he'd give you breakfast and supper-average cost about eight pounds for two-including a beer (I kid you not!!) -the rooms came at 500CZK per person-and there's an appartment which is much bigger for 1000Czk per night. (Current rate today 25,4 Czk per Euro.)

Anyone interested should contact me Maurice Jensen with desired dates. If you like planes you can fly them look at them and learn about them. All that Soviet nuclear stuff-its in Prague an hour away.

As I will have to have all the Jawas serviced prior to any action there will be some expense in making them (2/3 as we speak) available. This will probably have to be calculated according to what you want/need. It won't be too much though.

I can supply a copy of a Czech events list in 2012 which won't mean too much due to the fact it's in Czech, but there is road racing (classic) June- hill-climbing (September in Brno)-and loads of jumbles (Burza) and for modern bikers-srazy-rock band, booze, birds-you know the sort of thing.

OK-it;s up to you now!

Maurice Jensen-grumpy 67 year old Biker.

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Life in the Australian Army

Dear Mum & Dad,

I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin' on the farm - tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because ya don't hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and clean ya uniform. No bloody cows to milk, no calves to feed, no feed to stack - nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz there's lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing!

At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo steaks or possum stew like wot Mum makes. You don't get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been on a 'route march' - geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the back paddock!!

This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter. I keep getting medals for shootin' - dunno why. The bullseye is as big as a bloody possum's bum and it don't move and it's not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of piss!! You don't even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload!

Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy - it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster. Turns out I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's got, and I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers - he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin' wet, but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer.

I can't complain about the Army - tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around how bloody good it is.

Your loving daughter,


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These Californians

Now JAWA Ireland offer an even wider range of JAWA motorcycles.

Like to hear some of the comments these bikes have already attracted?

Dobrý večer, Pavle!. Blahopřeji Ti! Tyto Kaliforňany jsou naprosto, naprosto krásné. Ty, JAWA spol sro a Mates Motoservis, jste všichni odvedli skvělou práci. Děkuji mnohokrát za fotky.

Good evening, Pavel! I congratulate you! These Californians are absolutely, totally beautiful. You, JAWA Spol sro and Mates Motoservis, you have all done a wonderful job. Many thanks for the photos. Pat

Ahoj Pavle, Gratulujeme k uvedení techto dvou Jawa Kalifornané do Irska! Jsou to krásné stroje. Doufejme, ze prinese zpet skvelé vzpomínky na lidi, kterí Vzpomente si na model od starých casu. Doufám, ze budete mít mnohem více zákazníku z tohoto duvodu. Vsechno nejlepsí.

Hi Pavel, Congratulations on bringing these two Jawa Californians to Ireland! They are beautiful machines. Hopefully they will bring back great memories to people who remeber the model from the old days. Hopefully you will get many more customers because of this. Best wishes, Ger.

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IAM Titanic World Record Challenge

Friday 22 June 2012

Motorcyclists from road safety charity the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) are inviting Ireland’s bikers to join them and ride their way into the record books. The current record is 138 makes and models at an event organised by the KillSpills Campaign in 2007.

The parade organised by the Quay Vipers Motorcycle Club, will assemble near the slipway where the world’s most famous ship Titanic was built and adjacent to the new iconic building and exhibition centre Titanic, Belfast. The attempt will follow a two-mile route to the City Hall and back again to the starting point where a barbeque will be held. The World Record attempt will be started by local boxing hero Wayne Pocket McCullough, Olympic Silver medallist and former WBC Bantamweight and Commonwealth champion.

Other sponsors supporting this event are Adelaide Insurance Services, Days Hotel, Stena Line and BikeSafe.

The record attempt will begin at 7pm and is part of a week-long tour of Britain and Ireland to raise awareness of road safety and money for charity.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “It doesn’t matter if you have a 1200cc Harley or a 50cc moped, we want to see as many two-wheelers as possible join us so that we smash the world record. It’s for a great cause and will also be a terrific night out.“

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Sprocket puller

Cheers Terry

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Boozing Bikers

Brewers on the Bay Festival – Galway – May 2012



The Duke

Galway hooker
For 3 Euro 70 cents you can get an all day bus ticket in Galway. This allows you unlimited travel anywhere in the city up to midnight. So two buses later I was in Salthill at the already busy Oslo Beer Hall amongst 30 different beers and ciders. I bought my 6 tokens (entitling me to six halves) and away I went with my pen and notepad hoping to make some notes in the dim light.

First to tickle the taste buds was that that old favourite, ‘Galway Hooker’. Not gassy, hints of spice and with a pleasant happy after taste. Excellent start and I could have quite happily used up the rest of my tokens on this beer alone! For our non-Irish readers, I perhaps ought to explain that the ‘Galway Hooker’ ale is named after a traditional sailing boat that has two red colour jibs, or foresails! The brewery also jokingly laments the fact that ‘You can’t get a Hooker on every street corner in Galway’! The literature describes Galway Hooker as 4.3%, a perfect balance of bittering hops which gives the beer a beautiful tangy bitterness, with mild biscuit flavours and a ‘citrus’ dry finish. I couldn’t really argue with any of that! Score 9 out of 10

Dungarvin Brewing co

The Dungarven Brewing Company was the next port of call. From the four beers offered, I opted for Comerach Challenger at 3.6%, and described as a traditional English-style bitter hopped solely with challenger hops. The malt profile and floral hops make for elegant understated ale. My scribbled notes in a darkened corner were more concise! Not gassy, immediate hoppy taste (Kentish hops?), soft on pallet, less acid taste. Score 8 out of 10.

Visit No. 3 was to Eight Degrees Brewing of Cork, which I surmise is 8 degrees West longitude, Arrrgh Jim lad! The choice of tipple here this time, was Sunburst Irish Red at 5%. After deciphering my atrocious scribbling (well it was pretty dark), I concluded that the ale was red in colour, had a fruity start and a slightly hoppy after taste. Again, the accompanying literature came to my rescue stating ‘Takes the characteristic sweet caramel malt and burnt roasted barley of an Irish red ale, and adds additional malt complexity by using six different malts. The malt body is counterbalanced with Australian and New Zealand hops, adding a modern twist to the traditional style.’ I don’t think that the Aussies contribute much to the real ale discussion. Reads like a parts bin special! Score 7.

Trouble Brewing, again from Cork, was visit number four, to sample their Or.(or gold for the non-Celts among us!) this time at 4.3%. This time the literature was pleasantly concise. ‘A smooth and refreshing golden ale with subtle fruit flavours and a crisp finish. Brewed with pale malt and British and American hops. My notes are now becoming indecipherable! Light ????? malt, sugary start, then acid/spice back of throat taste. I decided that this would be a good ‘session’ beer! Score 8.

No. 5 and it was metaphorically off to Cork again, this time to the hand pumps of the Franciscan Well Brewery. Alpha Dawg at 5.9% was to be my sleeping potion! The promotional material described Alpha Dawg as a special IPA, part of an ongoing series of beer for sale in litre bottles. This ‘beauty’ is dry on the tongue, and fair on the nose, after being brewed with Admiral hops (for hopping), and spruced up with Cascade for aroma. Again my notes simply said, ‘Fruity, hot spicy notes, sharp aftertaste. Score 7.

beer drinking biker
One ticket left, and for ‘half’ No 6 it was off to Cork yet again, this time to Metalman Brewing and their Windjammer at 4.3%. My notes made by candlelight are virtually unreadable! Perhaps it was something in the name, but I gave it a ‘metallic start’, a spicy and very different taste that lingered on the palate. I concluded by deciding that although interesting, this would not be my choice of session beer. The literature describes Windjammer as a pale amber beer, hopped exclusively with lots of New Zealand varieties. An antipodeans extravaganza, lightly carbonated with a soft bitterness from a combination of Southern Cross and Pacifica, leading into tropical fruit flavours of pineapple and mango, with the wonderful addition of grapes from Nelson Sauvin hops – a delightful spring beer. I hope their marketing guys don’t do motorcycle road tests or write maintenance manuals! Score 6.

So it’s hats off to ‘Galway Hooker’, Dungaven with their Comerach Challenger, Trouble Brewing (Cork) with ‘Or’, and Bus Eireann, who got me safely back home for midnight!............and sorry if you missed it, but OSLO in Salthill do stock at least twelve of these beers on a regular basis, hold these events annually, and their own head brewer John rides a 350 Morini!

Slan The Duke or Johnny2 tents?

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