|1964 JAWA 250 Supersport, built solely for the U.S. market;|
six are thought to remain, this being one.
Well, up to a point, anyway. You look for the unusual. I'll walk past the ubiquitous Harleys and blade runner super bikes. But you don't see many JAWAs on the street in the United States.
I couldn't resist looking last Saturday when the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. hosted a "display" of elderly JAWA motorcycles, made back in the day in what was then Czechoslovakia.
|1962 JAWA CZ125 in original condition.|
Like Royal Enfield, JAWA built some motorcycles wholly for export; the local market never saw them.
Also, like Royal Enfield, JAWA motorcycles tended to feature nacelles and integrated tool boxes. I am a sucker for those. In general, JAWA designs seem to be caught somewhere between Art Deco and "The Jetsons." They are stylish and streamlined, whereas Royal Enfields tended to let the mechanical bits show.
|The jewel-like JAWA nacelle.|
After World War II, JAWA grew, exporting to more than 120 countries. JAWAs no longer come to the U.S., but a successor company, JAWA Moto, remains in business. There is an active North American JAWA/CZ Register.
|Rarely has an amp meter been so prominently displayed.|
|Lovely streamlined intake serves as the choke.|
The spring cushions the cantilever single seat.
|JAWA advertising claimed it was the most|
talked about motorcycle in America.
|1947 JAWA 350 Perak. What a clean design.|
|1960 JAWA 50 Pionyr; sport version at left.|