Since Tingko posted this link...http://korider.com/PHP-Nuke/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=294
...I have been digging around and found some more links on the Italjet Grifon 650.
This is not the first time Italjet has made an attempt to enter the motorcycle
market. They used to build bikes for Ducati. In the late 60's Italjet
introduced the Griffon 650. This motorcycle used the Triumph Bonneville 650
When scooters got popular in Europe they began concentration on
By the late 90's scooter popularity started to decrease. In 2000 Italjet
introduced the Grifon 900 based on a Triumph 900cc engine, displaying it first
at the Milan show. They later decided not to put the bike into production.
According to thier web site they plan to resurect the bike. In addition, it
appears they are planning to put two 650 models into production in spring 2006. Both bikes are based on the GT650 engine and chasis. There is a Grifon model with handle bars, analog guages
and spoked wheels. There is also a stealth black Bazooka model with clip-on
handle bars, digital dash and alloy wheels. No word on if it will be availiable in North
Here are a few more pics...http://www.mx5passion.it/forum/showthread.php?t=51254
According to MCN the bike will be out in Spring of '06...http://www.motorcyclenews.com/nav?page=motorcyclenews.articles.articleCategory.article&resourceId=3687149&articleCategory=NEWS_NEW-BIKES
Looks like back in 2000 Italjet introduced a Grifon model based on a Triumph 900 engine. It never made it to production.
Here is what Italjet has to say...
The beautiful Grifon 900 from Italjet, featuring a Triumph motor, may look like a mirage. Actually the production of this eye-catching road fighter has been postponed due to a precise choice of the company. Yet the project has not been set aside: this wonderful model will soon be back in the minds of Italjet's designers. You will hear about Grifon very soon!
http://www.italjet.com/eng/company/tomorrow.htm (scroll to bottom)
And what about Grifon? People keep asking about this model, which is really willing to be produced! Don't worry, the famous road fighter has just momentarily been set aside, and will soon come back on our designers' monitors. You will be kept up to date!
Here is some more information on the Grifon 900...http://www.motorcycledaily.com/grifon.html
Here is an older (70's) picture of the Italjet Grifon based on the Triumph Bonneville 650 engine...http://digilander.libero.it/massimo254/MOTO/italjet_grifon_650.htm
The Grifon 900 is not just the first motorcycle powered by engines supplied under an official agreement with Triumph’s owner, John Bloor, to be built outside the revived Triumph’s Hinckley factory, it’s also the recreation of Italjet’s first large-capacity model of 35 years ago. This was the Triumph Bonneville-powered Grifon 650, of which around 600 examples were built by Italjet in San Lazzaro between 1967 and 1971. The company used T120 Bonneville engines, supplied direct from Triumph’s works at Meriden, and sold exclusively in Italy, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. History might, indeed, repeat itself. http://www.chpltd.com/italianbike/bologna.html