c.1984 Jawa Type 896/897 Long-Track Racing Motorcycle
Its dominance of speedway racing challenged by the four-valve Weslake engine, Jawa responded by introducing a new double-overhead-camshaft, four-valve motor in the early 1980s. Available in speedway/long-track variants as the Type 894/895, this engine was adequately powerful, producing up to 65bhp, but rather top heavy, and was superseded by the more compact single-overhead-camshaft Type 896/897. Using the Jawa engine in its long-track form, Jiri Stancl and Peter Collins finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 1985 World Long-Track Championship behind winner Simon Wigg. Purchased for the Museum in 2004, this Jawa long-tracker previously belonged to a Bavarian rider and has been on display since acquisition.
- This machine carries frame no. 771 and engine no. 897-4948.
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