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Glengarriff 2012

Some Hardy Bikers crammed in yet another weekend in Glengarriff at the end of September. They were so impressed with the hostel and surrounding area when they were at Jims MZ weekend that a return visit was organised. They were blessed with good weather and a spin taking in places like Priests Leap and Mizzen head crowned the whole weekend.

Thanks to John, Jim and Ger for sending in photos.

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They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.

Boozing Bikers



Being October the Porter house October Beer Fest provided the sustenance for this month’s sampling. Having had a chequered history with the Beer Fest in the past, I decided to take the precaution to bring along some minders. First choice was our own Gerry Quigley the menace, his street sense can come in handy in tipsy situations. Those that know Gerry may wonder what protection I had for the bold Gerry himself. I am there before you, Brian Rocket man Moore was to be the practical voice of reason. In Star Trek speak he was our Spock, be it with a fast wit and Cork accent, nose more pointy then ears.

I arrived first so had first choice of Beer. I played safe with a clear Paulaner. A solid foundation to build our night upon. That is if you call a beer with Alc of over 5% a foundation. Gerry would not let us play safe and launched us into Paulaner Hoff, wheat and cloudy. The strong flavour and our past experiences convinced us to stick with this one. You have to give yourself some chance.

We held our ground bravely our only casualty being louder laughter and conversation. There was one brief interruption when an ex Mongolian Solider surrendered believing he was going to be kept in drink. Must remove that sign from my head. But at that stage the firefight was so heavy, that there was no room for prisoners. It was only when suggesting we should retreat for the last bus, that the true scale of the damage came to light. I was informed that “Because I was drinking so slow we had missed the last bus and it was my round”. My two minders had fallen victim to the intoxicating beer. A lesser man would have left the casualties, so as to fight another day. But Temple Bar can be a cruel place at that hour, I could not leave them to the barbarians. So another counter attack was made.

beer drinking biker

Ammunition running low we eventually beat an orderly retreat. We were lifted out by fast Taxi. The conditions by that stage were far to dangerous for public transport to venture out. Debriefing was by text next day. Casualties were light but with some head wounds were reported.

Summary, the October Fest is still in the hands of the enemy. But if you are of strong constitution and have the backup of an elite, well trained, fully equipped, force. You could survive it.



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I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

JAWA 250 Report

JAWA 250 Model 597 with 26,000k on the clock

The 250cc JAWA affectionately known as the Snail now has 26,000k on the clock. It has been a while since there was a report on the bike. This is for a very good reason. There is nothing to say. I became a reborn JAWA pilot in 2010. Having had a long history with JAWA 2 strokes, what attracted me was the familiar cycle parts, old fashioned styling and shinny 4 stroke engine. The desire was to find a simple, easy to work on, reliable, economical, little run around. The bike is used all year round; the winters by and large are mild in Ireland.

My first impression gave the bike her name. Snail, yes she is slow. Leaping from a 500cc machine to 250cc you do not expect to find the speed nearly halved. But over time the bike has speeded up and I have slowed down to find a suitable compromise.

The bike is now running on Metzeler tyres. They have taken a while to bed in but I favour them over the Battleaxe they replaced. The bike has used up a Battleaxe front tyre and two rear tyres one Battleaxe one Roadking. The purchasing of a digital tyre gauge was a wise investment. As the bike is used to commute, there is the intention to check the tyre pressure when stopped for petrol but not the time. So now at the weekly cleaning and once over the tyres get the TLC.

To improve the cruising speed the Snail has dropped two teeth off the rear sprocket. The bike will now hold a speed of 100k between 6 and 7000 rev. This is comfortable for the engine and keeping up with traffic. There is no noticeable difference around town. Also no excessive gear changing due to headwinds or hills. The silencers have also been changed but on reflection the benefits are not worth the expense.

The Snail is eating its second chain. The chain being exposed, even more exposed now that the rear sprocket is smaller, does demand maintenance. A Loobman chain oiler has prevented tight spots but in hard conditions a little spray is no harm. The Loobman does cover the stand and silencers with oil also. This can turn brown as the bike gets hot. Light oil is the easiest way to clean this. At the weekly once over the chain is the dirty job. But in the winter it must be done.


I am enjoying my JAWA experience. The bike is living up to my expectations. The engine is the strongest feature on the bike. She is a fun city run-around. We have done longer trips. If you choose roads to suit the bike the journey is still fun but the bike lacks the speed to safely travel on motorways for any distance.

Wish List:

You would never present your partner with a wish list but that is the difference between a bike and companion. A side stand is needed. A main stand that is less physically challenging. Tidy cables and a better fitting exhaust and silencer. Durable joining of the exhaust and silencer. Full chain guard and fork gaiters. Improved suspension.


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I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

Looking at you Kid


Google lets web designers use tools to see how their pages are working, how many visits they get, what people search ect. It helps decide what to put where. We get over 960 individual visitors or so most months, but this month we have broken the 1000. It is a first for us, due in no small part to the photos sent over by Mally and Sandy, of the Red star Rally. It opens us up a wider audience. Of course all the other contributors make the producing of the newsletter possible. So we all deserve a pat on the back.

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Well done guys.

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I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.




Ah, Zanella! You hear the name and you think of spaghetti, Chianti and ravioli, frantic V-4 racing engines with DOHC and fourteen gears. You do, don’t you? Well, no – you don’t. Zanella aren’t from Italy, even if the family name is obviously of Italian origin. They’re from Argentina.

Zanella Hermanos started off in 1948 in Caseros, Buenos Aires as a metalworking shop. By 1957 they were making complete motorcycles with engine capacities up to 180cc. There were links with Italian manufacturers, notably with Fabio Taglioni of Ducati. Some machines were sold in the US in the Sixties and Seventies.

Zanella are still very much in business The two-wheel range tops out at the RX 250, which looks very competent. why not take a look.

Pat Brennan


But then Argentina has some very interesting bikes. This JAWA being one of them. Ohh for such variety.

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