Jawa CZ 250cc The Budvar Bike
We were commissioned by Czech brewer Budwesier Budvar to design and build a custom motorcycle which reflected the craft and tradition of the brewery. We were also tasked with building the bike using a Czech made motorcycle. We wanted to reference the style of the early Jawa models from the 1930's to 60's whilst creating something modern and unique. We found a rare export model which used the original beautifully sculptured engine from the 50's within a much more modern and utilitarian built bike. We also had to ride the bike 1000 miles to the Brewery in South Bohemian as a test run so the engine had to perform.
We started by fabricating a new hard tail frame following the form of a 1950's Triumph with the work being undertaken by Jake Robbins vintage engineering. We re-conditioned the engine and built a new loom and electrical system using uprated parts. We added minimal controls and a Bates style light. Custom brackets were made to keep the clean lines of the bike and emphasis the custom parts. These included a hand made seat which was matched with a hand tooled leather tank strap. We work with a leather worker who carved and painted a Hop motif along the tank strap. The frame and parts were powder coated before going to London Scooter bodyshop who sprayed a two tone cream over the red base. Finally we invited Coop of Dapper Signs to hand paint the lettering and add the gold pin stripping.