August 2014 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Larry Horn and his 1954 Jawa 500 OHC

Make: Jawa Motors
Model: 500 OHC
Year: 1954
Country of Origin: Czechoslovakia
Engine: 500cc Twin
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Larry Horn
City: Huntington Beach

1954 Jawa 500 OHC

Congratulations to Larry Horn of Huntington Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1954 Jawa 500 OHC. This is Larry's sixth time winning Bike of the Month. Larry has won with almost every bike he owns.

Larry has owned the Jawa since 1968 when he got it as a rolling chassis. It was missing many parts including the tank. Working with a Jawa expert out of City of Industry, Larry spent 15 years sourcing the parts needed to put the bike together. The restoration was finished over 15 years ago.

This bike has been on display in the lobby of an HB business for many years. Larry has been invited to show this bike next month at the Palos Verde Concours D' Elegance so he pulled it out of storage/display and got it running for the event.

The Jawa 500 OHC was built while Czechoslovakia was under communist rule and was Jawa's first four stroke street bike. Jawa is well known for their Speedway racing motorcycles still in use today.

Some of the unique features of this bike are its magnesium engine and it's hand/foot clutch. The clutch is built into shift lever, so every time you shift the clutch is automatically engaged.

Thanks Larry for bringing another winner to our meet. See all the photos in our August Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1954 Jawa 500 OHC
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1970 Triumph Bonneville T120R
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1977 Honda CB750
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1963 Yamaha YG1
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1952 BMW R67/2
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1970 Honda CT70
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