Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jawa 350 Ruta 40: Dual-purpose, the Czech-Argentinean way

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If you want to do a Long Way 'Round in Argentina, you'd probably do it on one of these...
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Set up in the erstwhile Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) way back in 1929, Jawa is one of the oldest motorcycle brands in the world and despite its antiquated machines, manages to survive – albeit barely – even today. It’s one of the very, very few companies that still produce a handful of two-stroke motorcycles in Europe. But what’s possibly more interesting is the Jawa 350 Ruta 40, which the company produces in Argentina, in South America.

Jawa, which has been present in Argentina since the late-1930s, produces the Ruta 40 in that country, where it is, apparently, actually used for long-distance adventure touring. Forget the BMW R1200GS and the Moto Guzzi NTX1200 Stelvio, it’s the Jawa 350 that gets the job done in Argentina!

The Jawa 350 Ruta 40 is fitted with a liquid-cooled four-stroke 350cc parallel-twin engine, which produces 23 horsepower and 22Nm of torque. The gearbox is a five-speed unit and final drive is via chain. The bike rolls on 18-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels made of aluminium, shod with 100/90 and 130/80 tubeless tyres. With its 28-litre fuel tank, the Ruta 40 has a range of about 700km, which should come in handy when you’re far off the beaten path. And while there’s no ABS or traction control here, Jawa do fit disc brakes on both wheels, with the front end getting a twin-disc setup!

We admit we’d never actually buy one of these things, but the Jawa Ruta 40 is rather cool in a... quaint, prehistoric sort of way. If we ever went to Argentina, we’d want to ride around on this rather than take the bus... :-)

You may also want to visit the Jawa 350 Ruta 40 blog here, and the official Jawa website here
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