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    Jawa 351

    This small Jawa/CZ was a result of the obligatory collaboration between both brands. Made in 125 and 150 cc versions, called type 351 (125 cc) and 352 (150 cc). Here in the Netherlands the 150 cc was also called “JUNIOR”. More

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    Jawa. Forward into the past

    Retro is a trend. The big brands now all have something that is a tribute to the past. In the most elaborate PR approach, happy sense refers to a history that never existed. That is something for marketing reasons. From the budget corner are a bunch of brands that - whether or not under European supervision - are made in China. These motorcycles / motorbikes are usually based on eighties models from Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. More

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    Rolfs Reizen: The GDR

    A long time ago, in 1971, the four of us drove on a moped to the GDR, Hungary and Yugoslavia. The goal was the Italian coast, to watch girls there. That didn't work out, because we were running out of money and one of us got homesick. On our journey, past the pretty scary Iron Curtain, we saw a lot of motorcycles, which we found very interesting. It was very funny to first see a helmet appear in the rolling landscape and then an MZ, a Pannonia and many Jawas. More

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    Motorcycling does not die out!

    Nowadays, if you see a motorcyclist under thirty, it is a student on a 1 in 40 running 125 cc or someone who is with his parents. The average motorcycle buyer is about 55. We classic enthusiasts usually have a few extra taps on the counter. We are of course not More

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    Jawa's upgrading

    Jawa once made highly modern, reliable motorcycles. Motorcycles you could be seen on. But just as it went so well, the development of the once-proud brand stuck in the nets of the planned economy. The government determined what kind of motorcycles should be made. (And what crops had to be grown and some basic things.) Nice and clear, right? More

  • Jawa 638
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    Jawa 638: the affordable Jawa

    Jawas, CZs and MZs? We saw that as endearing rubbish from the Eastern bloc. Technically outdated and poor quality. So worth nothing. Neither are Urals and Dneprs. And people who liked that stuff? Wanted to have? Oh well… After all, there are cloud runners and arch supports everywhere? They thought so too When communism collapsed More

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    A Jawa, if you can afford it

    Recently you bought a Jawa for the famous 'fart and three marbles'. That time is over. That gain of territory for Jawa is justified. Because František Janeček was at least as brilliant as Soïchiro Honda. Some of the patents of a man who studied at the Hogeschool Delft were later bought by Honda. Most of More

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    Back from the past: the Jawa 360 (and the 559)

    Gone are the days when people don't want to be seen dead on a Jawa. Driving Jawa is pure nostalgia. And certainly not cheap anymore. That gain for Jawa is justified, because František Janeček was at least as brilliant as Soïchiro Honda. Or more genius. Some of the patents held by man on the More

  • Jawa 350
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    Jawa 350: Cheap or Expensive

    We often talk about former Eastern Bloc mopeds here. In the fifties and sixties they were leading, then they were worth nothing for quite some time. Then they found their lovers. Now prices are rising. To the indecent. Because recently a Jawa Californian still found in the crate was sold More

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    A unique Jawa or home craft

    An AMK reader is very curious about what he found during his holiday in Slovakia. When it was still called Czechoslovakia there, Jawas were made. And this find clearly has Jawa genes. Judging by the sheet metal and welding work, the construction is much more than hobby work. At the ventilation grilles… Well, maybe More

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    A question from Slovakia: Jawa

    A question from Slovakia. And of course we always try to help fellow Europeans. Lubo Hrivnak collects old Jawas. That is not so simple in the kind of homeland of the brand. Like the former East Germans, the Slovaks have developed a mild fondness for the past. Classic Jawas are now available More

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    Jawas, MZs and Urals back home

    As noted before, the prices of classic ex-Eastern Bloc machines, motorcycles and cars have been rising for some time now. That is because the enthusiasts here are carefully discovering the brands and because of what they call the “ostalgia” in the former GDR. The kind of longing for the past. 'Ostalgia' Now those are More

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