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Old 27th March 2013, 16:08   #16
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Congrats Karl, that's one gem of a bike you have there. Wish you many happy miles on top of her :P

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The bits missing on the bike from the originality bit are the following

Speedometer - came with a black and white dial Yenkay .
Levers - were non ball ended aluminium ones
dim-dip switch cover -Should be metal ,chromed ones
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Prashanth

I was religiously going through all the pics to find out the misses only to notices Prashant has done a fabulous job of pointing out everything I could come up with(And more).
Great job mate.

Regarding the mudguard, it definitely looks shorter from the pics you have put. Maybe it's the angle, maybe it's not. Something looks off balance there.
And please please redo the seats.A better seat cover will up the looks by a mile.
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Looking forward to hearing feedback on how I should go about things, what should I look out for mechanically, what should I be careful about and so on.
Some more points in addition to the ones already mentioned:

1. The rear shock absorber should have the top part in body colour and the lower bit chrome.
2. The rear light should be placed about 1.5 - 2 inches after the rear grip and not directly below it.
3. The rear number plate should be positioned in a manner that the top rubber of the rear reflector is hidden from view.
4. The seat has excessive cushion - one of the hallmarks of the original design was the slim design of the cushion that blended along with the rest of the design.
5. There are a lot of Yezdi parts on the bike - the square footrests, the chain cover etc.
6. The rear grip should rise only about 1.5 inches from the rear mudguard - this appears to rise at least 2 - 2.5 inches. As already mentioned, it looks like this is a replacement mudguard.
7. Although someone has mentioned that the cap should have been bakelite, I dont think that is applicable to the Jawa's of 1969 vintage. It was applicable to the earlier Jawa's of 1963 - 1965 vintage.

Hope this helps.
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today we were lucky to get our hands on this lovely 1969 example.
It looks like we have sat in Time Machine and reached in 1969.

60s, 70s & early 80s was the era when motorcycle riding was not known by everyone. If anyone ride these bike in today’s era then he will under stood that even getting down from mail stand is not easy and need careful posture and control. Riding starts after that.

I have no word to say & only can watch the photos silently.
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What is that red line on engine?
What will be the remedy for aged sheet at shock absorber joint?
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Mounting can't be wrong. This is an aftermarket mudguard made by monkeys. Unfortunately the monkeys made a lot more than just mudguards. There's a lot of these available, and they just don't fit right. You might need to cut and re-shape it or just put it in the bin. I had the same on my Jawa, but threw it out when I managed to get an NOS original.
If you come across another one, do keep me in mind. Though I would think twice before fitting it, the paint will never match. Maybe I'll just leave well alone for now.

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Also works as a discreet touch to identify your maroon Jawa amongst the hordes of maroon ones at a Jawa Club meet. "I'm with the Redhead!"

The redhead's been doing great, runs so slick, barring a few squeaks in the swing arm. There is a nipple for greasing it, will look into it.

A lube job is due, what fluids are recommended? And what about oil fuel mixture?

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And please please redo the seats.A better seat cover will up the looks by a mile.
Its such a comfy seat right now, I do not want to even touch the cover. Would look into it only later when any cosmetic work is being done.

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What will be the remedy for aged sheet at shock absorber joint?
I don't think I followed what you are highlighting - if its giving you the impression that its sheared/rusted, it isn't. Its merely where the grab handle sits.
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If you come across another one, do keep me in mind. Though I would think twice before fitting it, the paint will never match. Maybe I'll just leave well alone for now.

A lube job is due, what fluids are recommended? And what about oil fuel mixture?
Hi Karl,

Will keep eyes and ears open for a rear mudguard.

Lubes, I generally use a 20W-50 (Motul or Shell) for the crankcase. However, the specified grade is SAE50, which is nigh impossible to find. A suggestion from TBHP member "Collector" is to use a 50-50 mix of SAE40 and SAE90 (both easily available) which gives you a grade close to SAE50. Not personally tried it yet, so cannot comment.

For the "petroil" I just use what the petrol bunk gives me: a 2T oil premix or packet, 60ml to a litre for the Jawa (running-in) and 30 for the Roadking. On long rides, I prefer a 20W-40 for the mix, just for some peace of mind.

Cheers,
Rahul

NOTE: The Bangalore boys would draw you into discussions on additives like STP, or the hot favourite Laal Ghoda, so be warned!
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Great bike, I too recently got lucky with one of them,drives well,however got some trouble with electicals of the same, l am sorting those things myself, can any one please send me a scanned copy of owner's manual.
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Hello All,

Sorry to jump in, this is my bike 1973.

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