His Čezeta is instantly recognisable; his use of aerodynamic streamlining captured the spirit of the 1950s 'space age' and conjured up dreams of riding a rocket to the stars. Everything about the design was revolutionary to meet it's aim to be simple, practical and comfortable for two riders. For Czechoslovaks, the distinctive rounded front instantly inspired the bike's enduring nickname of 'The Pig'.
Its unconventional looks charmed the world, and his Čezeta was sold in thousands all over the Communist world during the 1950s and 1960s. Being deemed too technologically advanced to export to the western world they remained rare in other countries outside the Soviet bloc. Many thousands of these fans around the world still ride their vintage Čezeta as a testament to its legendary build-quality.
Today Čezeta operates as a small-series manufacturer in the famous 'Wikov' factory in Prostějov. This was once the factory where 'the Rolls Royce of Czechoslovakia' was produced in the 1930s and is a fitting home for production of the current Čezeta scooter - the 'Type 506'. In every way, this embodies JF Koch's underlying principles of developing revolutionary solutions aimed to make a motorcycle that is a joy to ride and effortless to own.
Jaroslav František Koch (Founder)
Neil Eamonn Smith (Current CEO)