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.

Technical Data

Engine type

Four stroke, air cooled

No. of cylinders



48 cc

Maximum power

0.83kW (2.6 de-restricted)

No. of seats


Starting the engine

Electric (12v) OR kick start (6v)


4 speeds

Dimensions (lxhxw)

1790 x 990 x 670 mm


1.4 lt / 100 km

Tank capacity

2.8 lt


0.2 lt



Tyre - front

2.25 x 17

Tyre - rear

2.50 x 17

Brakes - f & r



76 kg

Carrying capacity

150 kg

Maximum speed

45 km/h (70 km/h de-restricted)


12v - 4 Ah OR 6v - 4 Ah

All this information and the pictures were taken from the motoscoot web site which shows that these are still available. There seems to be two versions available - an electric start model which has 12 volt electrics and a kick start version which is 6 volt. Neither model has pedals but it seems to be supplied as a restricted version to make it comply with requirements to class it as a moped (in the Czech Republic). The restriction seems quite severe but I would think that it would be quite straight forward to unleash the full power.

The site quotes prices for the two versions which were at mid July 2011:-
19,990 CZK (6v - without starter)  = £720
20,990 CZK (12v - elec. starter)   = £755

The conversion to British Pounds were at the rate at the time and are, of course, prices in the Czech Republic. It is not clear if these are trade or retail prices and I guess that there will be delivery and on-the-road charges to add.

Motoscoot offer a set of luggage advertised as being for:- fishing, golf and hunting, shown left, so I guess that the black tube is for carrying your rods/clubs/shotgun.
The price shown is 4890 CZK  = £176