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« on: December 05, 2005, 07:13:08 AM »

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
engine.



When scooters got popular in Europe they began concentration on
scooters instead.

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
America.

References below.

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...

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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!
http://www.italjet.com/eng/company/home.htm


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

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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
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2005, 01:46:59 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2005, 01:52:16 AM »

Kinetic has rights to build Italjet scooters and export them to toher countries.  They were looking into getting the italjet scooters into North America via one of 2 US companies...

http://www.magindia.com/manarch/news/man22645.html
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2005, 02:04:50 AM »

here is some quotes from an interview with Kinetic Managing Director...

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Known for her bold business moves, Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Engineering Ltd, and Director of Kinetic Motor Company Ltd and Kinetic Marketing Services Ltd, has played a key role in transforming the Kinetic Group from a niche moped manufacturer to a manufacturer of a full range of two-wheelers – mopeds, scooters and motorcycles. She has played a leading role in expanding the group’s operations to new businesses.


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Can you elaborate on your tie-up with Hyosung Motors and Italjet?
   
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Both of them are very different tie-ups. We have a technical collaboration with Hyosung Motors for specific motorcycles – the GF series – with four-valve engine technology. We also bring high tech bikes like the Comet and Aquila to India through this tie-up. Our alliance with Italjet was basically the acquisition of the seven designs. All rights were with them along with the production set up, and a deal with Leopoldo Tartarini, whereby he will design scooters for us. He is an amazing designer who has, in addition to his own range, designed for Gilera, Yamaha, Ducati, etc, so it’s very exciting to be associated with him.


http://www.exchange4media.com/e4m/interview/dialogue_detail.asp?id=214
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2006, 07:08:02 PM »

This wealth of information is great!  I love the Bazooka, everything flows together very well.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006, 09:59:55 AM »

thats a very retro, new school bike.... I just wish they wouldn't put so much effort into a bike with the same engine that seems to have sooooooooo many faults in it....
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2007, 11:04:22 AM »

What I want to know, is the tail end going to be compatable with a gt650R. I would love to combine the 2 bikes for a sweet lookin custom!
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2007, 03:37:59 AM »

i MUCH more like the seat on the Grifon. The perimeter frame is the same, so it shouldn't take too much to get the comet and grifon butts to cooperate.

mmmm....motor-bike booty. (give yourself personal bonus points for recognizing the Mothership connection  :wink:  )

I think they should make the red/white model more closely match the old 60's Griffon.
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2007, 03:14:53 PM »

Look closer it's the same frame as the Hyosung GT650 only in black.

My first clue the shields for your shoes on the pedals.
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2007, 11:23:49 AM »

the bazooka is sic as fuc.

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