Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jawa Moped

This Jawa moped showed up at my pal Barry's garage the other day with the request that Barry "get it running." Can do, although it is tempting to do a full restoration on a moped in such overall good condition.

Like many mopeds of the era, the Jawa uses a dual chain drive system- one for the pedals and one for the engine, making it a true moped that can be pedaled independently of the engine. You can start it on the center stand, or by pedaling to speed, or you can to push start it as well.

JAWA mopeds were not actually made by JAWA, but by Povazske Strojarne (PS) who sold them as Babettas. Through a marketing arrangement they were sold as JAWAs ouside of Czechoslovakia.

The 1993 division of Czechoslovakia into Slovakia and the Czech Republic put PS, its moped-making division, and Molotov, the distributor, into separate countries, and the complications from this put an end to Babetta (and thus JAWA) moped manufacture.

You can read more about JAWA moped history at

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