in Prague, Czechoslovakia
Engine: 49cc 39 x 41mm two stroke
Transmission: Single speed/chain drive
Ignition: Jawa transistorized breakerless
Tires: 2 ¼” x 16”
Dry Weight: 112lbs (Actual 112lbs)
Fuel Capacity: 1.05 US Gal.
Gas/Oil Mix: 50:1
Equipment: Horn, tools, tire pump, luggage
the 1970’s CZ-Jawa had fairly good market share due to their competitive cost - in many places can be found today at reasonable prices.
For whatever reason, I never recall seeing one back in the 70's
but remember books and publications mentioning them. They were made
up into the late 1980's but, unfortunately, became a victim of the
changing economics in Czechoslovakia.
Jawa Babetta has fair performance and okay reliability based on reports I have
received. (The transistorized ignition needs to work, if it doesn't you could be in trouble) Overall it is quite well made, has a nice ride
and - despite its originally being less expensive than other mopeds at the time - a quality feel. Handling and braking
are good, I'd like it to have a bit more zip, but it is about average for a 50cc moped.
I find the bike's high handlebars and seating position to be very
comfortable. The styling in photographs doesn't look great but in
person it is not bad - the angular lines (and cooling fins!) look
interesting and unique.
than the aforementioned ignition, it is easy to take apart and repair
or service. Many parts are common to other mopeds but Jawa unique
parts such as side covers, ignition components, etc.. are becoming
difficult to find.
a good value and nice ride!