František Janeček was born on 23rd January, 1878 in Klaster, a small village in Bohemia (modern-day Czech Republic). He studied mechanics in Prague, receiving his degree from the Berlin College of Engineering.
While serving on the Italian front during World War I, he developed a flurry of designs, patenting over 60 inventions – including an improved hand grenade which became standard issue for the Czech Army.
Instead of starting from scratch, he purchased the motorcycle business Wanderer from German manufacturer Winklhofer & Jaenicke, along with the design and tooling for the new Wanderer 500 motorcycle.
Combining the first two letters from “Janiček” and “Wanderer”, the first Jawa motorcycle was
conceived – the Jawa 500 OHV.
After World War I, the demand for weapons fell, so the skilled workforce and factories of Europe focused their precision manufacturing techniques on the nascent world of motorcycles.
In 1929, Janiček was lured in.
Combining the first two letters from “Janiček” and “Wanderer”, the first Jawa motorcycle was conceived – the Jawa 500 OHV.
Patchett’s first step towards a universal motorcycle was using the 175cc Villiers two-stroke engine.
By 1933, the new model had taken off – the Jawa 175 became the most popular motorcycle in Czechoslovakia.
Subsequently, Jawa discontinued production of the 500cc OHV.
Founded by Rustom and Farrokh Irani, the firm Ideal Jawa began importing Jawa motorcycles into India.
Recognising the demand, Jawa established a factory in Mysore in 1961 with support from the king at the time, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.p>
Between 1961 and 1971, Ideal Jawa manufactured the 250 Type 353/04 under licence.
Jawa motorcycles quickly earned a reputation for being rugged, simple, and unbreakable.
The Jawa 250 was the first choice of commute for urban youth – and many brave racers took home wins on the Jawa 250, inspired by the European racing scene.
Fariborz Irani, CK Chinappa, and Somendar Singh were a few of the household names who made the brand famous racing these motorcycles on all kinds of terrain.
By 1971, the Ideal Jawa company manufactured and sold the new motorcycles under the name “Yezdi” with technical assistance from Jawa.
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