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JAWA Motorcycles from The Czech Republic: Very Cool (and Fun!)

I had the chance to ride these in the '90s and they were wildly popular and a blast  to zip around town on. It had to be 250cc or less, but it seemed like we were cruising through the Good Life on this little Behind The Iron Curtain Monster!

Everybody who loved cycles when I lived in Prague wanted one, and though I never got one myself, I would in a heartbeat today. They're fun, and stylish, and what can I say? Cool!

About Jawa

František Janeček started the company after working several years in the armament industry. Although he didn't have any experience with motorcycles, he was familiar with production techniques. Janeček chose between the Austrian double piston two-stroke motor of Puch, the Berlin two-stroke of Schliha, and the new Wanderer 500 cc. Janeček chose the Wanderer. Because of the collapse of the German motor industry, Wanderer had already decided to stop the production. This is because they didn't think it would be profitable to directly compete with BMW. The first model was introduced on October 23, 1929. This was a 500 cc 4-cycle engine with 12 kW of power (18 hp) and fuel consumption of 6 liters per 100 km. Although priced highly, through the first years (and several constructional fixes) this motorcycle was successful and was considered reliable.

Racing

Historically JAWA had been very active in racing, and by far the most active East-European manufacturers in mechanical sports. In track racing JAWA sustained a presence in the World Championship until the mid-sixties with respectable performances considering their limited budget. In Motocross the firm built an impressive palmares before its four-stroke engines became superseded by two-stroke engines.

In speedway racing, dirt track racing and ice racing where four-stroke engines were still at an advantage, the firm remained a dominant force. The separate factory where these competition motorcycles were built became a separate company following the privatizations of the 1990s with the fall of Communism.

Speedway World Champions who have ridden successfully on Jawa bikes include Ivan Mauger, Barry Briggs, and Ole Olsen.

#motorcycle   #JAWA   #prague   #czechrepublic   #cycles   #ironcurtain  

via/ http://www.autogallery.org.ru/mjawa.htm

via/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawa_Moto
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