Jawa Moto News 2006 -- New 4 stroke “Jawa” models
Jawa Moto has formed what is called a "technological, manufacturing and commercial alliance" under the name of JMT. Partners of this alliance are:-
(a) the Chinese firm, TMEC Power.
(b) Jawa Union, holding the Jawa name rights and containing what is left of Moto Jikov which had produced the Dandy.
(c) Jawa Moto, the manufacturer in Tynec nad Sazavou.
(d) someone called Motoscoot http://www.motoscoot.cz/ a Czech trading firm specializing in off road machines.
The declared aim is to produce and market motorcycles and moped worldwide. The practical (suspected) idea however seems to be to sell Chinese material under the Jawa label. The flagship of this alliance seems at the moment to be a 50cc moped called 'Betka' but equally a 125cc machine to be known as the 'Duck' will be available. Probably the most interesting of the machines though is a not at all bad attempt at a “replica” of the Jawa model 555 moped from the late 50s / early 60s, but using, as far as I can make out, a replica of a Honda monkey bike 4 stroke engine. Go to:- http://www.motoscoot.cz/ and follow the link to Jawa Pionyr.
General feedback from many at the moment is greeting the whole thing with a good deal of scepticism especially amongst people who are close to Jawa. But for Jawa, battling with a virtually collapsed market for its products it's being heralded as a life-raft to cling to, we will have to see.
Adapted from an article by Ian Bridge,
originally published in Torque issue 6/2006.