1996 UK rally

“You never know beforehand what people are capable of, you have to wait, give it time, it's time that rules, time is our gambling partner on the other side of the table and it holds all the cards of the deck in its hand, we have to guess the winning cards of life, our lives.”

José Saramago

A blast from the past. Nothing like looking back at old times and familiar faces.

Mario Mager

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Crivit Sealant Spray

The one element shared among all motorcyclists and even some cars today is the challenge that a flat tyre presents us with. Some of our 3 wheeled and 4 wheeled partners on our roads have the luxury of a spare. But the solo rider is quickly undone when a tyre goes flat. The Snail had the misfortune to pick up a flat on a trip back from a beach barbecue on one of our fine Sunday evenings. As Breda was travelling pillion I had even checked the tyre and tyre pressure before we left. But when your name is on a nail or screw your number is up.

My last puncture had been about 5 years ago. The ER500 back tyre picked up a screw which was leaked slowly. I was in Gory with everything shut. A tin on sealant designed for a car kept me on road and got me home safely. Since then I keep a tin of sealant at home. Most sealant is just too bulky to carry on a motorbike and is designed for tubeless tyres.

Around 3 years ago, when the Snail became my main transport. I came across CRIVIT Sealant Spray in Aldi for 4 euro. Designed for bicycle tyre and tubes. The size was ideal. Since then I have placed a tin with the tool selection I carry around with me on the bike. JAWA do not supply any tools nowadays which I think is a disgrace.

crivit Spray

Back to the flat tyre wobbling me to the side of the road in Finglas. The tool box has not been visited in anger, so the spray had been forgotten. When it was discovered, a quick Hail Mary to thank for my lack of self control while shopping, fingers crossed it was still in date, a quick attachment and Voilà the tyre was hard again.

We quickly mounted the bike and headed for home. Now most sealants will leak through the wall of the tyre and tube so it is recommended to top up the tyre with air ASAP. I was able to do this the far side of Finglas and the tube just about made it home.

In conclusion carrying the spray gives you an extra option. It is not a cure all. But I will be getting another tin. In the eyes of a flat tyre we are all equal. But those with Crivit Sealant Spray are more equal then others.

Mick Doran

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How I Crashed My Harley

Just how would you fill in the claim form.

It could happen to a bishop.


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Yo Yo Speedo

0 to 150k in 3 Seconds

Yes the Snail (JAWA 250 Travel) has succeeded not only in clocking 150k but also in doing so in 3 seconds. Now I know you are thinking, Mick that is not a Fisherman’s tale that is a “Mortaler” or to the non-Dubs a Mortal Sin. Yet the fact is it is true. In all honesty, in her eagerness to set new speed records she sometimes clocked 20k while stopped at traffic lights.

Let me start my tale at the beginning. The Speedo on the Snail is normally rock steady. It rises and falls with the grace of a ballet dancer. Then out of the blue it started the old JAWA tradition of the Yo Yo Speedo. That is you are traveling between 60 and 80k. At first it just bounced above the speed I was doing. This very quickly manifested itself into a WHEEEEE of 0 to 150 again and again. By the way, a little known fact, Bumps and potholes increase you speed. Yet the trip meter remained true.

This entertainment soon became tedious so I cleaned the sensor by the front disc. There was no improvement. So I cleaned the disc itself, still no improvement. Have I mentioned I hate electrics? Mainly because I don’t understand them. So when I knew I would have a few hours free. I turned on the radio in the garage and started to trace wires. The route to the Speedo goes behind the headlamp, off with the headlamp. Then down under the tank, off with the tank. Ahh Junction box. The pile of wires crammed between spaces in the frame. There was some corrosion, which I cleaned, its Vaseline for my baby’s nappy rash. From there the wire goes to the Speedo. I found a pinched wire under the Speedo housing. These wires are thin so I cut, soldered and insulated the wire.

Result the Snail has made a full confession and is now 100% honest in her achievements.


Mick Doran

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Istanbul Rising

When there is poor journalistic coverage, you must go looking for help to explain the situtation. I found this clip to help explain the situtation a little better.


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JAWA Range

The JAWA factory site supports English. But with the use of google I have translated their own description of the JAWA bike range.

Is their a machine here you would suit your needs. Does you bike live up to the factorys description?

jawa 50 Robby JAWA 50 Robby Cross
Jawa 50 Robby Enduro


Robby is the smallest of the JAWA family of motorcycles. IT is designed for the novice motorists.

If you are 15 years old and looking for a bike to begin as a successful motorists? Do not hesitate! JAWA 50 Robby is a bike to make that dream come true.

Looking for reliable and inexpensive help to make your hobbies a reality. Ideal for short trips and moving from one place to another? The JAWA 50 Robby is a bike to conveys you to the right place on time.


JAWA 125

If you need a little more then the JAWA 50 Robby? Looking for motorcycle especially suitable for traveling with a passenger? Then the JAWA 125 Travel is the bike to meet your requirements. A comfortable seating area, lightweight and easy to handle.

If you are 16 years old? If you already have motorcycling experience. Driven your first hundreds or perhaps even thousands of kilometers? Feel ready to go one step higher, wondering what bike to choose? Then the JAWA 125 Travel is the right one. The JAWA 125 represents a classic design based on the Jawa 350 series 640

Jawa 350 Style


JAWA 350 Style, a classic motorcycle with small angular fairing and headlight.

The JAWA 350 series 640 is not intended for sale in the EU, but it is still manufactured and successfully marketed primarily to countries in Central America and in Russia.

For local drivers we are ready to deliver the bike as a complete assembly kit. A JAWA 350 Style can be purchased in red, blue, black and silver.

JAWA 660


With a displacement of 660 cc, the Sportard is our latest work.

JAWA 660 Sportard is the direct successor of motorcycles JAWA 650 Dakar. Its individual components comply with exactly what the name implies motorcycle: Sportard = Sports motard. Engine - Four-stroke single-cylinder four-valve liquid-cooled Minarelli engine with overhead cam, which is fitted with electronically controlled fuel injection EFI. Frame - welded pipe exhibiting sufficient strength at high speeds and when driving on loose surfaces. Rear fork - aluminum alloy, custom-made with the installation of central spring strut. Rear suspension unit - well-spring unit made ​​by Bitubo, providing the possibility of individual adjustment damping and spring preload. Front fork - fork proven manufactured by Paiol, as used on the previous model series 650 cc. Brakes: Front brake - Dual discs with floating calipers, 305 mm diameter discs. Rear brakes - four-piston radial, diameter 220 mm.

Do you feel the JAWA Range is suitable for todays needs. Are they satisfying their traditional market. Will this selection attract new JAWA Motorcyclists.

Mick Doran

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Finding Albert

This is an up and coming Band from Scotland. At some time in the future you will be able to say you heard about them first in the JAWA Motorcyclist.

Talent of this quality can not go unnoticed.

Ian Fraser

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A lady died this past January and the bank Bank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance which had been £0.00 is now somewhere around £60.00. A family member placed a call the Bank:

Family Member: 'I am calling to tell you that she died in January.'

Bank: 'The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.'

Family Member: 'Maybe, you should turn it over to Collections.'

Ban: 'Since it is two months past due, it already has been.'

Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?'

Bank: 'Either report her account to the frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!'

Family Member: 'Do you think God will be mad at her?'

Bank: 'Excuse me?'

Family Member: 'Did you just get what I was telling you ... the part about her being dead?'

Bank: 'Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor.'Supervisor gets on the phone

Family Member: 'I'm calling to tell you, she died in January.'

Bank: 'The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.'

Family Member: 'You mean you want to collect from her estate?'

Bank: (Stammer) 'Are you her solicitor?'

Family Member: 'No, I'm her great nephew.' (Solicitor info. given)

Bank: 'Could you fax us a certificate of death?'

Family Member: 'Sure.' (FAX NUMBER IS GIVEN) After they get the fax:

Bank: 'Our system just isn't set up for death. I don't know what more I can do to help.'

Family Member: 'Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. I don't think she will care.'

Bank: 'Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.'

Family Member: 'Would you like her new billing address?'

Bank: 'That might help.'

Family Member: 'Plot Number 1049, Finchley Memorial Cemetery, Great North Road, Finchley, London.'

Bank: 'Sir, that's a cemetery!'

Family Member: 'Well, what do you do with dead people on your planet?'


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