Behind the Iron Curtain: 1958 Jawa 500 Overhead Cam Twin

The 1958 Jawa 500 was a luxury 500cc double overhead cam twin from the land of the proletariat.

The Jawa 250 featured unit construction, an automatic clutch, a plunger rear suspension and a telescopic fork, making it one of the most technically advanced motorcycles of its day and earning it the nickname "Perak," or spring.
Photo by Robert Smith