As we did last year – well, in late 2011 – we held our Christmas/New Year celebration in the Czech Inn, Dublin. As with our previous party, the organiser was Martin Tuček, and he did a wonderful job. The Czech Inn serves various Czech and Slovak beers at reasonable prices. They also serve a load of Czech and Slovak meals, making the eating experience a bit different to the Italian and Chinese food more widely available in Ireland.
We started at 4:30 pm, just to allow us to get into the mood good and early. Our Editor Mick showed up first with son Cathal. Then Brian Moore arrived, followed by Martin and Miša. Then we had Ivan Čech, Pat Gernon, Jon and Daniela, Gary, Gerry Quigley, Ger and Margaret Duhig, and JAWA Ireland importer Pavel. Aoife Doran came along later to join her father and brother. Frank Swords showed up for a short while, probably the only one on a motorcycle that evening.
There was a raffle with a bottle of vodka as the prize, supplied by Ger and Margaret. Gary won it, lucky man! What with the food and the very nice Staropramen beer, the evening passed very quickly. Miša has an industrial-strength camera, and she took a bunch of photos. Some you’ll see here, and the whole collection is on Martin and Miša’s own website, http://www.tukanovo.estranky.cz/.
I cleared off about 9:30, after about five hours celebrating. Probably about as much as was good for me! It was the best event I’d been to in a year, no question. Maybe Ger summed it up best afterwards when he wrote,“Great to meet everyone again and what a lovely bunch of people we had on the night. Smiles all round, good laugh and easy conversation with everyone!”
Once again, many thanks to Martin for organising a memorable celebration.
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The Chinese-made CFMoto 650 NK . Just as Honda’s CB450 first offered Western customers fun as well as functional, sporty in addition to affordable, the naked NK appears to be a “real” bike emanateing from the world’s largest motorcycle market that is the People’s Republic of China.
Powered by a parallel-twin, 649cc engine that matches Kawasaki’s ER-6n in almost every respect. The CFMoto’s parent company, Chunfeng Holding Group, was founded in 1989 but didn’t start making complete motorcycles until 2000. Development of the 650 NK began in 2009. CFMoto’s parallel twin is slated to appear in a fully-faired touring bike. Styling is not bad, in fact pretty sharp with its stubby R6-type exhaust, bright red frame and black bodywork that’s so reminiscent of the ER-6n. The paint depth and overall finish look equal to any Japanese-made budget bike, though the plastic switchgear still seems a little low-rent, and unpolished aluminum brake and clutch levers look rather drab. But the whole bike has an air of substance—it feels solid and well put together, not flimsy. It has a fairly meaty exhaust note and an effective counter balancer that does a good job of eliminating engine vibes. The riding position is rational, and the footrests are low enough to provide room for taller riders without limiting cornering clearance.
The parallel-twin engine is torquey, free-revving and smooth. Acceleration is determined rather than assertive, but it’s sufficiently strong to be satisfying, and the torque peak is spread widely enough that there’s no point in revving it anywhere near redline. The motor pulls from 3000 rpm upwards, with power building all the way to the rev limiter at 10,800 rpm.
Above is an abbreviation of a review by Alan Cathcart. For the full report follow the link Motor Cyclist
Our top investigative reporter discovered this gem of information. Well done Pat.
I put together this picture history of JAWA motorcycles. If the factory ever want inspiration for a retro machine they would not have to look far.
Safe times folks, as true today as it ever was. A truly wonderful video.
Be careful out there.
I’ve reviewed a lot of motorcycles under this banner over the last year or two. Most of them, I will admit, wouldn’t interest me very much. For instance I wouldn’t hugely fancy a North Korean Pugang 125cc, even if the engine were a “5-stroke” as the makers claim. And while I might like a Zanella from Argentina, I suspect it would be more trouble than it was worth to try importing it. Anyway, the bureaucracy involved would probably mean I wouldn’t get it much before my 70th birthday. Not all that very long away now, folks!
For a change, here’s one that really does appeal to me. See this:
So what is it? It’s a Dinli DL282 from Taiwan. It’s a 750cc four-stroke DOHC four-valve single, and it has a scooter-like CVT transmission with belt final drive. It also has a 680mm seat height, the sort of thing that very much appeals to a shorty like me. The matt black paintwork makes it look a bit like the Ural 750 solo on sale in North America. The engine is angled in the frame in a manner similar to the old Panther singles from Yorkshire, though unlike the Panther engines I don’t think it’s a stressed member.
The company seems to be heavily involved in ATV manufacture. See their website, here: http://www.dinliglobal.com/.
There are some comments on the Internet, but so far no riders’ reviews that I could find. One of the comments was that the CVT would take a lot of the fun out of the riding experience. Dunno about that ... it reminds me of when the well-known investor Jim Rogers was planning a round-the-world trip in a heavily customised Mercedes. He wanted a manual (stickshift) transmission, but he was talked out of it. As he tells the story in his book “Adventure Capitalist” (2003): “He [the ex-Mercedes-Benz president in North America, then the boss of Prisma Design International] talked me out of going with a manual transmission, explaining that Mercedes-Benz was a far better driver than I and that the company’s automatic transmission would get me out of predicaments better than I could extricate myself with a stick shift.” Well, if automatic transmission’s good enough for Jim Rogers and Mercedes-Benz, it ought to be good enough for me (and yes, the auto transmission gave no problems to Mr Rogers on the trip). Anyway, those of us who run big singles know well that they have a limited useful RPM range. It’s the nature of the animal ... so why not let an automatic transmission handle all the hassle? Let the rider look around at the scenery, watching out for uniformed government revenue collectors (police) with a radar gun in one hand and a hand out in the other, so to speak.
It would be a shame if machines like this didn’t hit Europe at some point or other. After all, nowadays we’re stuck with a limited range of bum-in-the-air freakish sport machines, Harley-esque V-twin cruisers, or devices that look like transformer-toy fantasy machines from an Anime or Manga movie. It’s well past time for something better.
If you like a bit of a story to go with your pint. Then you might enjoy this. The story starts with the Lao Brewery Co., Ltd. Founded in 1973 as a joint-venture between foreign investors and Lao businessmen originally under the registered name of Lao Beer and Ice Factory. After National Liberation in December 1975, the Lao Government took over the foreigners’ shares and followed by the voluntarily handing over of shares from the Lao businessmen to the State. In 1993, Loxley Public Co., Ltd and Italian-Thai Public Co., Ltd invested in Lao Brewery Co., Ltd which enabled the increase on both its production capacity and marketing potential. In 2002, there was a change in the foreign joint venture partners as the new partners involved were the Lao Government, Carlsberg Asia Co. Ltd.
Ready for a pint after that bit of history.
The product Beerlao is brewed from the best local rice and overseas high quality malt giving it a unique taste. Beerlao was launched in 1973 and has become the best selling and leading brand in Laos. It was also awarded gold medals by various international competitions. Beerlao is one of the most successful exports and is currently available in 13 countries worldwide.
Description: Pours a pale golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing, not to much gas. Taste is bland with some mild citrus and malt sweetness with just a trace of fruit in the background. A clean finish. Light body, smooth but as I say bland.
If you want a change from wheat Beers then this is as good as any and better then some. It is refreshing, more for a summer day then a winter evening by the fire. A Beer I would try again but would not go out of my way to find.