The Jawa Owner Club UK celebrated its 60th Anniversary on the 13th to 15th June. I was so keen to attend that the family holiday was arranged so I had that weekend free. In fact I had the Thursday before to prepare and pack the bike. The preparation included cleaning, oil of cables and tighten the chain and steering head. Not too dramatic. I also laid out the gear I was to bring and planned loading the bike. I had two routes picked. The fast one was 4hr 49min by google, 387k. If you add fuel, food, navigation and numb ass breaks that is another 2 hrs. With this in mind I loaded all my clothes shoes and wash gear in the tank bag. The tent, sleeping bag, solid fuel stove and coffee pot went in a beach bag. This kept the Snail a streamlined machine. No mandolin this time.
We pulled up at the ferry on Friday morning just before 8 o’clock. The Snail was the smallest bike there. I will not pretend that the 250 Travel is the ideal bike for such trips. The short wheel base is more suited to town driving. But the tank range is excellent, and where she does not have the speed for motorways she will cruise at a steady pace. I love getting away like this. As the bike goes up the ramp of the ferry you stop being a 56 year old with 56 year old problems. The year could as easily been 1984 as 2014. The only difference being I was travelling alone, back then there was a gang of us. After a full breakfast on board, I walked the deck in the sunshine. There was hardly a ripple and I would be siting long enough. As the English coast approached I set the Navman (car sat nav) which I mounted on the screen of the bike.
The bikes were at the back of the boat so we got off in the middle of the unloading. The Snail was on the road before 12. The larger machines flew off but I had decided, the weather being good to cross the Northern Welsh Mountains and enjoy the trip. The alternative route google had suggested was an hour longer. I will not even try to list the towns and roads covered. The distance required the snail to hold a steady pace but as I was to be the day in the saddle keeping inside my comfort zone was also important. The luxury of driving and thinking of little else. Now that is a treat! 8 hours later I was starting to feel tired, but was close enough for the sat nav to guide me home. As can happen it directed me to nowhere. I pulled in to study the situation, when a bike pulled up beside me. A Lithuania biker with the same problem. Not being proud I asked a local for directions and 10 minutes later we pulled up on site.
The turnout was massive. Over 200 bikes. The registration tent was a mecca and seemed to have a crowd most of the weekend. Despite this and meeting up with old friends I made my mark and got the tent up. There had already been a rideout to visit F2 and see the wonderful facilities supporting the Jawa dealer. I am sorry to have missed this as the workshop is said to be fantastic. Mike Warwick sang the night away while we enjoyed the Tent bar and conversation. A lot of well wishes were expressed by those who remembered the Irish invasions of yester years. You would not be long on the site before you noticed the European turnout. Lithuania, Holland, German, Isle of Man everyone mixing freely. Somehow or other I got to bed around 1.30.
The Saturday ride out to the bubble car museum was great fun. Over 60 bikes rolling along the country roads. The little museum could hardly cope with us all, but the car park being as interesting as the museum it all worked out fine. The afternoon machine judging called for a line up of the bikes. This is what brought the realisation of the size of the event and the variety of models and styles to the fore. A buffet, prize giving, raffle and auction lead us into Saturday night. I will admit to being overwhelmed by this stage, so many new and old friends. Mally, Sandy, Mike and Harry rescued me and took me to a little pub off site for a little quiet time. Just friendly conversation, jokes, songs, stories and a little soccer match on the telly which Mally (closet football fan that he is) was glued to.
Sunday I had to pack and head for home. So I missed the Barbie and a run to Heckington Windmill. The return trip to the ferry is never as exciting as the trip to an event. I had a completely dry run to the rally but there was some rain on the Sunday and it kept pace with me for much of the return journey.
The weekend broadened my understanding of the world wide JAWA community. I was most impressed with the riders from Latvia. They explained how JAWA was a luxuary brand in its hayday. In Ireland JAWA was the poor mans bike. I have found people always underestimated what a JAWA could do. Even on this trip chatting with two BMW riders at the ferry. They were returning from Croatia, after inquiring where I had been they said there must have been a large supply of spares for sale at the rally. So I asked them had they gone through the Mount Blonc Tunnel on their route from Geneva. They had not, I commented that it has been years since I rode through it, of course that was on a bigger bike, a JAWA 350.
Ride On Mick
S imon is a 73 year old Englishman who decides to tour Hispanic America by Motorcycle. Not just any motorcycle but a Honda CG 125 Pizza Delivery bike! Colour of course is white. Great similarities here between Simon and our good friend Eugene Carton from Killarney who has attended Rally’s all over Ireland on his.Simon decided to go on this trip, to give his wife, who is almost 30 years his junior, a break from himself! He previously suffered two minor heart attacks and has a bad back. He bought the bike new in Mexico for £1,200. It was built in Brazil, and spares are easily available throughout Hispanic America and it does 120 miles to the gallon. Flying by Aer Lingus into Boston he travelled to Mexico by train and bus. A new bike awaited him at the Honda agency in Veracruz. After a trial run around Veracruz (it was his first time on a bike in 40 years) he headed off for Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina. No ordinary journey this but 16,000 miles through countries such as Hondurus, Colombia and El Salvador to name a few. Journeys of 400-500miles a day were not uncommon in all weathers and altitudes.
“Flash wheels and support vehicles are for wimps” says Simon Motorcycle clothing was in fact, ordinary clothing and he wore a pair of strong Church's walking shoes which he bought in a charity shop in Hereford. As temperatures dropped on the mountains other layers of jumpers and socks were added.
The journey south was full of excitement and made very interesting reading. In fact it was very hard to put down the book. Buy this book, read it and you will want to go out and buy a CG125!
He followed this book up with a book on the return journey call Old Men Can’t Wait.
I hope to do a review on this book next.
Hi I am a member of the Federation of Sidecar Clubs and attended the Sidecarlanders Weekend in March at Kings Lynn. My english friend Ken, who rides a Jawa Outfit as well, asked me to take part at the 60 th Anniversary Jawa Rally in June.
Later on, when I was back in Germany, he sent me an eMail, telling me that he was going to Cornwall for at least 2 weeks. I do love Cornwall because of the beautiful countyside, he really made me jellous in a positive way! So I thought to myself, well have a look what`s going on elsewhere. And I found the date of the Jawa Rally in Ireland. This would suit me fine as I haven´t been in Ireland before and it would be a decent trip with my old Jawa. Just at the same weekend the polish Jawa Club had his annual Spring Camping Weekend near Lodz. My polish friend Michael (Michau) who lives and works at Bremen -and being the Vice-President of the Polish Jawa-CZ Club- he asked me to join him on this ride. It is much more fun riding with two bikes. So I had to forget the Irish Jawa Rally .... :(
When I told him, that I wanted to take part of the 60th Anniversary Rally and to visit Ireland as well, he was very interested. So finally he asked his employer for a few days off work and so we both started off together. We went to Dunquerke, took the Ferry to Dover and stayed for a couple of nights at Canterbury/Kent in a Youth Hostel. Since Michau never has been in London before, we booked a London Travel Dayticket, went to London by train and spent a day looking at various sightseeings. He was quite impressed.
After that day we moved on towards Holbeach, where the Jawa Rally was held. It was an absolutely great event and we enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to Pete Edwards!
Then we went on to North Wales, stayed on a campingsite near Bodedern on the Island Anglesey. I can recommend this campingsite, it is nice and quiet, clean and very cheap in comparison to other sites! And near to the Ferry at Holyhead. During the next days we explored North Wales, went up the LLanberrys Pass, I´ve shown Michau the place where the Dragon Rally was held (in the 1960s) and we decided, while we are here to do a daytrip to Dublin. Who knows when we will get the next chance to get there? It really was worth it, beautiful weather and a lovely town. Reminds me a little bit of my own hometown Hamburg So we put all our pictures and a little video together and uploaded them on youtube.
Hope, you`ll enjoy it.
P.S.: For the next holiday I am planning to stay longer in Ireland, hoping to get a chance to explore this beautiful country!
Wouldn't mind buying a Bullet from him, though Bangalore is an awful long way from Bray.
Any idea how many teeth the standard engine sprocket on a Jawa 640 has, for solo use ?? email.Cheers Andy.
Hope all is well and many thank's for the news letter. Regards John Nicholls
Hi All, Absolutely fantastic, loved the ballad of Lidl and Aldi and then Ger's video reminder of Jawa rallies. Sound track is spot on along with the footage, hope you didnt get too square eyed in editing? Aiming to get over in sept this year, just a few hurdles to get over - Breva is up for sale, so smaller machine? The jawa single looks good, but this ol tractor always prefers twin in whatever format :-)
All the best and thanks for making the rafters shake and loads of smiles and laughter.
Cheers bud Steve aka Stevo
donde puedo conseguir el faro trasero de la daytona 350? soy de santa fe y no la consigo por ningún lado. si me pueden pasar el numero o la dirección de donde la pueda conseguir se los agradezco mucho. Saludos...Mariángeles
where I can get the rear light of the daytona 350? santa fe and am not I get anywhere. if I can pass the number or address where I can get I thank you very much. Greetings ... Mariángeles. email
Can any one Courier the Jawa 250 cc 353 model standard cylender,piston,and pin. to my address. email Suman Kumar
Good afternoon ive found your site on the net - looks good to me - im currently building a 634 that came to me in boxes and bags! hope you dont mind me asking but how the hell do you change the forks seals - ive the sliders in bits but cant figure out how to get them onto the tube
Thanks (in anticipation!) ps dont worry all my work can be undone to standard spec! email Iain Inverness
I need some help in regards to Jawa 175. I have a 1957 here in Ireland and I need a gear rack/selector (not sure how it's called in English). I've attached pic of faulty one. As you see, half of it is destroyed. If you know anyone with access to such part here in IRL, please let me know. Thanks in advance.
Without Gerry in Garrison Martin had to supply his own shirt.
This CZ 250 Custom was purchased by Jiri in a fairly rough condition in the UK. It is a Serious restoration job don't you think?
The MZ weekend in Garrison is a yearly event that helps chase away the Blues of winter. It is not always blessed with good weather, in my foolish days I have headed up there through Snow. This year I was unable to leave on the Friday so the Snail was packed Friday night with plans to head up early Saturday Morning. As I was only staying one night I did not bring the tent, the hostel is very comfy. Fermanagh is a reasonable distance for the Snail to travel, depending on the route it could take between 3 and 5 hours. Pavel was considering travelling with me.
However Saturday morning was so wet you would not put a boat out in it. I do not think I have had a dry spin on the bike in all of May. I got up and brought the dog for a walk. The weather was warm and as I returned the sky seemed to be clearing. Met Eireann have a rainfall radar which you can log on and see the direction the weather has taken. Safer to say what has happened than what will happen. The East seemed to be clearing. Pavel confirmed that it was too miserable to venture out, but by the time I had enjoyed a slow breakfast the rain had cleared. I decided to go for it, with luck the rain would stay ahead of me.
As I was late leaving I took the more direct route. I did leave the main road to slip around the Tolls. It is easier to dodge them then to take the glove off and route around for money. Also the Snail can not take advantage of the motorway, her cruising speed is just that little bit slower. I had it dry till Cavan, but as I headed Northwards the weather cleared and it proved to be a very pleasant spin.
Garrison can handle a crowd and there was a good turnout of people and bikes. One Skorpion had travelled from Cork. As we are getting older you see a lot more bikes arriving in the back of vans. Biking is to be enjoyed so people are correct keeping their sport inside the margins of comfort and safety. It is the conversation, meeting with old pals and letting the hair down that brings us out in the first place. As always the food in the hostel was great. The event being held there for so long puts us on first name, banter terms with the hostel. Being able to have a shower, wash the stiffness out of the shoulders after the spin is great. The meal, lively conversation, followed by prize giving and raffle could not keep us away from the pub for long. Eamon and Connor had guitars banjo and mandolin. Sean O Boyle was in musical form, so those who like the bit of a sing song were not disappointed. A good supply of variety saw closing time arrive to soon, the wise headed to bed.
Thanks to John and Lorraine for once again providing a warm welcome and distraction from the toils of life. Thank you also to our award winning photographer who supplied photos.
Here is my slideshow of the 2014 National Rally.
Brewed by Little Island Brewing Company, Co. Cork
Price 4 bottles for 10 euro
Location Super Valu.
It is great to see craft beers becoming more available. Super Valu had a special offer on this Kenmare Red. Never being one to shy away from a deal I had to try it.
Brewed with old world hops and Irish malt, the beer is a dark ruby red colour with a light roast finish and a rounded malt body. I found it very pleasent. It produces more flavour at room temperature then cold but could be enjoyed either way. It is a little lively but careful pouring can solve this minor problem. There is a good head which lasted well. Worth a visit if you get the opportunity.
It is sad to lose the support of JAWA Ireland. We have been a club of new models, there have not been many restorations. This makes the loss of our importer is a real blow. But families have to eat and there is little chance of making a wage selling JAWA in Ireland. Hopefully we will be able to keep in contact with Pavel and Jana.
The UK rally was a big achievement for the UK Club and a fitting celebration for their anniversary. I was delighted to be able to attend and I was unable to carry the many well wishes offered to absent friend. Thank you to all for making me welcome. My spin to the rally was puny compared to other oversea visitors. The international standing of JAWA was evident. If the company can harness this goodwill it will have a future.
Garrison was a tonic, a truly uplifting rally. Most of us know each other so long from these events that they provide a recharge to the batteries. Thank you John & Lorraine for all your effort.
Ger and Pat as always have been a great help with this Issue. I am always in need of articles. So everyone please contribute.