1977 Jawa 500 DOHC Speedway World Championship Bike
In the world of speedway, the name Ivan Mauger is legendary. And we’re honoured to be home to the 1977 Jawa 500 DOHC the Kiwi speedway maestro rode to win the 1977 Speedway World Championship Final in Gothernberg, Sweden.
Arguably one of the most successful speedway motorcycles of its time, the Jawa 500 DOHC is oft-admired for its incredibly solid and simple construction.
Founded in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1929 by industrialist František Janeček, who had purchased the remnants of motorcycle manufacturer Wanderer, the Jawa marque earned a name for building motorcycles that were not only affordable but reliable too. However, it was Jawa’s racing division that really made the marque stand out. The feats of Kiwi speedway legend Ivan Mauger serve as a prime example of this.
So, what makes this bike so special? The dry weight comes in at just 85.5 kilograms (188.5 lbs), making it ideal for the fast-paced, millimetre-perfect riding style needed for speedway.
This 1977 version of the bike was supplied to Ivan Mauger by the Jawa factory. Mauger rode it to win the hugely-popular 1977 World Speedway Championship Final in Sweden.
Legend has it that the chassis of this bike has not been restored since this ride to victory –although it has been cleaned.
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