Friday afternoon, 26 April, and I and my lovely MZ Skorpion 660 were all loaded up for the trip to Redcross. It was not to be, though! I sat on the machine, turned on the fuel, opened the so-called choke and hit the starter button. The engine cranked over but didn’t fire up. Peculiar, I thought. Unusual misbehaviour by my beloved Skrapiron. Why no go? And why is there a very strong smell of fuel around here somewhere?
Why indeed? Because fuel was pouring out of the carburettor, that’s why. And where was it pouring? All over the electric starter motor and onto the driveway. Not good news.
Tried the tip I’d had last year from Terry Gittoes: deliver a sharp tap with a hammer and screwdriver to the carb body, and watch the fuel flow coming to a stop. Only it didn’t. So, next step: remove seat, tank, side panels, and carburettor. Well, carburettors really, as the Skorp’s got two; but let’s pretend for now that there’s only one.
Anyway, it was obvious I wasn’t going anywhere on that machine, not that day. So what did I do? I phoned Mick in Redcross and told him the story. He offered like a shot to come back to Bray and collect me. So I said “yes, please!” While waiting for Mick I kept playing with the carburettor. And one obvious problem showed up: the float chamber rubber gasket was shot. How come? No notion. Machine had been running fine on the previous Monday, and nobody had touched the carb since then. That said, I think the root of the problem was the float needle jamming open. It had done that before (and also just before a rally ...)
Mick showed up at my place within the hour, and we both travelled down on his JAWA 250 Travelka. Now, if I say it was the best pillion ride I’d had in ten years I’d also have to admit it was the ONLY pillion ride I’d had in ten years! But I was most impressed by the little machine’s pulling power. Mick may be slim and athletic but he’s still tall, and I’m a short, fat and heavy sort of slug. But no matter: Mick kept the revs at about 7,000-8,000 RPM, and the 250 just belted along. We were probably going a bit faster than I’d have done solo on the Skorpion. The rear suspension bottomed out every now and then, hardly surprising really.
A very nice machine, Mr Jawa! Something of a shame you’ve decided to stop making it ...
Anyway, the rally was at the same place as last year’s: River Valley Holiday Park in Redcross, County Wicklow. To me, it’s the best location we’ve had yet (and I don’t say that just because it’s in my home county!) Most of us occupied a mobile home. Pat Carmel and Ethan Gernon stayed in one of the wodden huts. As did some of the Royal Enfield supporters who attended. Some hardy folks like Martin and Miša stayed in a tent, and new visitor Alan Kane did too. The weather wasn’t quite as chilly as last year, as it happened.
On the site there was a pub (Mickey Finn’s Bar) and a restaurant. Good food, good service and one or two non-mainstream beers to try. All very enjoyable.
So who turned up? Without trying to pin us all down in chronological order there were: Mick Doran (JAWA 250 Travelka), Brian Moore (BMW R60), Ger Duhig (JAWA 350/640), our friend Ian Bridge (JAWA 650 Classic) all the way from Swindon, Jim & Catherine Walsh (MZ Saxon Tour 500), John Kitney (JAWA 660 Sportard), Gary (Yamaha 1400), Martin & Miša (JAWA 350/640), Pat, Carmel and Ethan Gernon – Pat on his JAWA 350/640 – our importer Pavel Volhejn (JAWA 640 and van), Alan Kane from Northern Ireland on a BMW RT, Ivan Čech, Miroslav Čapek, and Roman Bročko (MZ Skorpion 660 Traveller).
As well as the above, a special mention for our Royal Enfield friends. They’re always ready to appear at our events, and they’re always good crack too. Led by Peter Redmond (on his 1951 Vincent Comet 500) and John Nicholls on a 350 RE Bullet, we had Bill Brugman (RE 500), Peter George (RE Bullet) and Philip George on an MZ RT125, the very rare four-stroke single of about ten years ago. Frank Swords (Honda Pan European 1300) showed up for a time on the Saturday just to prove how well he’s learning Czech!
I won’t say anything about the Saturday run-out. I can’t, as I wasn’t on it. But I know the gang met up for a while with Owen Mulrane, who has the only modern JAWA 250 Californian in the country. It’s the four-stroke that’s customised by Mates Motoservis in the Czech Republic. Very tidy it looks in the photos too.
We had space and comfort in the restaurant that evening for the prizes. Ger presented them to the following:
On top of that, Mick had distributed some of his marvellous cartoon creations to various deserving persons, including
Sunday was going-home day. Weather was good. I bummed a lift back to Bray in Pavel’s van. Another very enjoyable weekend. Many thanks to Mick and Ger for all their work in organising it, and thanks likewise to everyone who attended.
Here's a photo spotted on the JAWA Argentina site.
So then, a Jawa model we never heard of? And definitely not the Minarelli engine of the Sportard 660. So what have we got here?
A Jialing JH 600, that's what. Four-valve fuel-injected single, has been in production since 2007. Top whack, about 170 km/h.
Did someone say JAWA had stopped supplying small to mid range machines.
Looks very similar in design to theKeeway and Haotian 125cc. Kits are readily available to convert these to 150cc and the engine used on this Jawa is a CG125 clone with a bigger top end.
There is a huge market for 125/150cc machines in South America. Argentina are one of the biggest importers of Chinese bikes. Is Jawa responding, if so They could be on to a winner here!
But if you would like something more stable with say 3 wheeles then what about this
I am not sure if the driver and passenger come with the bike. But you have to admire the way they keep the chrome.
Spider Pat, Bat Ger
JAWA have reduced the range of bikes they supply. But there are a lot of people out there who will produce new models with or without their help.
Nothing on the telly. So why not catch up on some old JAWA movies. Something old something new.
Hi, thought you might like to see some of my recent photos of the CZ project. In the past my CZ project has been published. So i decided to send you some recent photos of the build.
The CZ appeared in torque, since then i have taken care of some details, including paintwork and coach linning. First job on my list was to build and fit the battery box. I needed to mount the battery box in such a way it would keep the clean and unclutered look of the bike. After several ideas i came up with the idea to mount it under the swingarm, either side and slightly forward of the tool box's. It also means the right hand tool box can now carry the fuses and regulater etc.
I've also made two monoshock to carb cover pannels, one made with steel and painted black ready for white coach linning, the second i made with alloy and polished it. Now i have to choose the painted look or polished alloy look. As the build progresses further im sure the right type cover will reveal itself lol. Now orginaly i was leaving the coach linning to a "proffesional" But Roger Henderson suggested i try to do my own coach linning. With this i decided to pracice my linning technique, after some practice i managed to make a reasonable job of things. Im pleased Roger made the suggestion as i wanted all work on the project to be my own, so not having someone else put the cherry on my cake never went down to well with me.
During 2013 the project will be finnished and intend to take her down to the 2014 national rally.
All the best Terry
Available at the JAWA Rally in Redcross 2013 and most good off licenses.
I can hear the Duke from here, complaining that he has reviewed this one already. But after being a witness to the cry of delight when it was noticed that Galway Hooker was available behind the bar at the Rally in Redcross, I thought it only fitting that those who missed the weekend might have this opportunity to sample a flavor of the event.
But that does not describe the look of Panic on Ian’s face when he was offered a hooker from behind the bar. A credit to the man and the company he was keeping, there was not a hooker left behind the bar by the late Friday evening.The club was forced to switch to Dungarvan Blondes. Conversation flowed, why even disagreements about the quality of various brews, Dungarvan Blondes versus Smithwicks Pale Ale were passionate but friendly.
Now what more could you ask of a beer.
An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake.
The bar immediately falls absolutely silent.
In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says,
'Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things:
The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters,