Urban Motor’s Slick Jawa 350!

Check Out This Jawa Custom From Urban Motors

Updated August 14, 2018

While the supercharged Triumph Thruxton’s may have taken center stage at the Glemseck 101’s Essenza Sprint Event, it’s the 1964 Jawa 350 from Urban Motors that really caught our interest. While the other entrants in the Sprint are squeezing the most out of their engines, these guys have put their heart and soul into creating a truly original machine. Up against the likes of BMW R nineTs and Triumph Thruxtons, it’s quite obvious that Urban Motors aren’t in it to win it, but they’re certainly there to prove that their two stroke masterpiece is one of the more interesting designs on the track.

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As far as custom motorcycles go, Germany’s Urban Motors have a history of excellence, and as you can see here, this Jawa is no exception. Everything about this bike is completely custom made, save for the classic Jawa engine. The chassis has been crafted from steel tubing, and the bodywork has been made with an alloy, with the help of KRT Framework. KRT’s Marvin Diehl was also responsible for the bike’s outlandish front suspension, complete with the integrated handlebars.

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Long term followers of our page might be familiar with the concept works from Mehmet Doruk Erdem, with his signature monolithic style bodywork, and integrated handlebars, but this design is not his doing. The idea behind the bike was penned by Henry Schulze, and his design language is all about minimalist shapes and subtle accents.

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The bike also boasts two very interesting and super skinny 23” rims from SM Pro, a solo drum brake at the back, a Jikov carb, two custom made pipes, and absolutely no lights to speak of. This is a show piece after all, and practicality and performance aren’t the driving force behind the build. Weighing at 90 kg, it sure is a lightweight beast, but we’re not sure it’s going to hold up in a drag race, but again, that’s not the point.

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According to Urban Motors boss Peter Dannenberg: “If essence is the key, then we want to do it right. We want to make a statement.”

“We are not dogmatic about competitions and rules,” Peter told BikeExif. “We like to see the big picture and enjoy divergence with humor, fun and the winking of an eye.”

It may not have hard hitting performance figures, but it’s still one of the best bikes we’ve seen this year. From a fabrication standpoint, Urban Motors receives top marks.


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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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