An article introducing the Pionyr to the DDR, from East German magazine ‘Berliner Illustrierte’ dated January 1956.
My rough translation of the text into English is below the article.
A .doc page with the German and English text is available


A new construction of the Czechoslovak JAWA-works

The Czechoslovak motorcycle designer Josef Jozif of the "9-May-works" of the national company JAWA, designed this new model of the Czechoslovak motorcycle industry. Its development was guided by four main principles.  First: low purchase price, secondly: low operating costs, thirdly: suitability for various road surfaces and fourthly: perfect driving comfort. The simple design meets all the requirements.  JAWA "50” has a two-stroke engine with a flat piston and gearbox layout in a monoblock.  The horizontal cylinder has a volume of 49.5 cubic centimeters, a stroke of 44 mm and a bore. of 38 mm.  The 1˝ HP motor handles all normal slopes with no difficulty when fully loaded.  The vehicle weighs only 48 kg.

The world famous Czechoslovakian Jawa works with this new design will satisfy the strong demand for a cheap and fuel-efficient small vehicle in the domestic and the foreign market.  Since the end of the war, the motorcycle and automobile industry in Czechoslovakia has developed extraordinarily quickly. Before the war they suffered from a large number of manufacturing companies, large and small companies who fought a fierce rivalry at the expense of consumers. Constant changes of type, one design followed another, where there was not many changes or significant improvements.  The requirements for systematic and generous research were missing.  It could be creating only when the individual enterprises were nationalized after the war.

With the development of the JAWA 250 the great age of the Czechoslovak motorcycle industry began.  Previously, because of superior competition from foreign companies, the two factories of JAWA and Ceská-Zbrojovka could only sell their products almost exclusively on the domestic market.  Today the export trading company of the Czechoslovak Republic, sell the brands manufactured by the state industry in more than a hundred countries.  Not only the popularity of Czechoslovak motorcycles, but also the numerous victories in international performance tests are hallmarks of quality.

Elegant, powerful and cheap is this youngest child of the Czechoslovak motorcycle industry.  With an average consumption of 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers, the JAWA “50" reaches a top speed of 50 km/hr. This new vehicle will be produced in two versions - with and without auxiliary pedals.  While they are unnecessary for driving operation, different countries into which the moped is being exported, require auxiliary pedals.  Pictures: NBJ-Foreign Service

The entire frame is covered by a metal cover so that the scooter looks sleek and the rider's clothing is protected from contamination. Below the fuel tank will open a "window" to the carburetor.

The upwards hinging seat, under which there is space for tools, spare parts and other accessories, is attached to the frame. The upholstery consists of a high level of foam rubber insert.