Wednesday, July 22, 2009

1960 Jawa


28 comments:

Danny said...

I like the little single cylinder engine there but I am not much for the streamliner look.

Thom said...

Now this one is much better. But it looks like it slants up...oh wait, I guess it should cuz your arms would be more even with the steering part of the bike. I like this one

Donnie Smith said...

Nice! I wonder what something like this costs?

Conan the Librarian™ said...

I...um...actually had a Jawa in 1978.A 350 twin whose kickstart was also the gear change.It used to ratchet like buggery;it was a two-stroke with an oil mixer just under the seat:you left a twin trail of acrid blue smoke everywhere; the manifolds leaked:wear boots or get a hot oil bath for your shins.
The speedo cable got chewed off within a week; the replacement lasted five seconds;the six volt battery made the add-on indicators flash every six seconds or so, and made the horn sound like an athsmatic harmonica.
I managed to fix all of these small annoyances using only the toolkit under the seat.
Apart from the speedo cable and the horn.
Oh, and the carb-but thats another story...

Peter (Worldman): said...

1960 is the year I started to work. I remember very well the Jawa bikes. I wanted one, I had no means (my salary was 90 dollars) and settled to keep my Mobylette.

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

1960, that was a good year, Good year for the bike and the year I was born. That bike will probably outlive me.

Webster World said...

There were a few Jawa's around in the 60's. A friend has a Jawa sidecar on his Panhead.

GMG said...

Hi Baron!
Sorry for the long absence! But don’t you think it was a great vacation; some very busy weeks and just a few days off... ;)
Amazing pictures from the sixties... ;)
Meanwhile Blogtrotter is still turning around Iceland. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

Baron's Life said...

Danny it's got no power. I rode a rented one in Egypt and it just putt putts...but nice little motorcycle to ride around town... the gear shift and kick pedal are one of the same ...as explained below... also they are very easy to fix...the clutch is made out of cork...

Baron's Life said...

Thom good choice, would be the perfect bike to ride in Hawaii...trust me on this one

Baron's Life said...

Donnie, very little...you ougtha get into biking...I think you're a perfect match

Baron's Life said...

Conan, and right you absolutely are...I much prefered a Matchless..!

Baron's Life said...

Peter, I started working part time, as a counter person, in an automotive parts shop, as a student in 1969, and my salary back then was $ 45 a week, which was a lot of money for a Student...but yes, I too could not afford them...I just liked the way they looked.

Baron's Life said...

Bill, yes 1960 was a very good year indeed since it saw you emerging into life. God Bless you and yes maybe, just maybe that bike will outlive you somewhere in a museum...

Baron's Life said...

WW, the only place I've really seen them was overseas...

Baron's Life said...

One more thing guys... I did ride one, and it was green, in Bombay India...now Mumbay...India..it was owned by a friend who let me use it while I was there and he took a chance by lending it to me...because if I was stopped, it would have all depended on how well I could or could not bribe the police...but usually if they saw you were a foreigner they just left you alone and tried to make sure no one hurt you

Baron's Life said...

GMG I shall be there shortly...see ya bud

Dave said...

Hi baron,

There are lots of those old Jawa's here, still running around.

Mick and I keep thinking we should get one and restore it to the condition of the bike in your photo, but talking is as far as we have got, one day !!

Cheers

Dave...

Baron's Life said...

Hi Dave,

Haven't seen you around for a while, though I was on your blog everday....must be the heat mate...
Like I said above, I rode one in Egypt (Rented) and one in Bombay...a friend's...I enjoed them for what they were but you certainly cannot take it on a long run as you did your Honda...!
I've got a lase gun thermometer to send you, which came back from the address you sent me in England...

Baron's Life said...

Dave,

One more thing....they are a glorified moped....

Dave said...

Hi Baron,

Been busy working hard last couple of weeks, markets have roared ahead (Happy days are here again)all around the World, thats why I have been away from everyones blogs.

My day starts at 09.00 European open,
continues through to US open 16.30, quick nap at 19.00 after European close, wake up before US close 23.00, analize days events until 02.00 Asian open, nap at 06.00 untill 09.00 and repeat cycle.....All to keep my wife in motorbikes and petrol lol.

Thanks for the offer of a thermometer Baron, but I kinda know its hot here lol...I bought an electric fan yesterday to keep my computer cool, it was the cheapest in the shop, when the guy delivered it half an hour later it turns out my fan is remote controled.

Never seen a remote controled fan before, but its great, you no longer have to stand up and walk 6 feet to alter the speed or direction, I dont know how I've managed all these years without one LOL...

Cheers


Dave...

Baron's Life said...

Dave, thanks for the heads up..I'm so very glad to hear things are picking up for you...sounds very good.!

I looked over at your blog and actually did like that fan...looks good.

All the best to you and Linda

CHEERS mate

ellievellie said...

Ellievellie's husband here . . . I used to have one of these in the mid '80s. It had no title so it was illegal to ride it on the streets. I always heavily modify my motorcycles, and this one was not an exception. I didn't like the reversed polarity of the electrical system; the battery positive (+) was connected to the frame. I never understood the engineering justification for such a decision. Anyway, I had to redo the whole electrical system so I can safely fit some things like electronic ignition. The mechanical part was reliable though.

Baron's Life said...

Hello there Ellies' husband...your wife is very talented and apparently so are you for finding her in the first place and for being able to modify bikes.
The reversed polrity was due to the six volt battery...some old American cars were running on reversed polarity as well before they switched over to 12 volts.
I think you already knew this anyway...Thanks for the visit.

Dax said...

There are quite a few Jawas bumping around in Turkey and in India (where I am). I personally found a 1955 Jawa 353. Do check out pix at www.yezdidiaries.blogspot.com and www.yezdidiaries2.blogspot.com

Baron's Life said...

Thanks for the visit Dax..I HAVE VISITED YOUR BLOG AND PUT A LINK on mine as I will be following you...love the yezdies and need to learn more about them...cheers...your friend from Canada

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