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Honda Griffon
Honda Griffon


Though the and transmission were still connected by a primary chain, the 380cc engine was as light as the before’s 250 engine

By Tom White

happened in 1969 might seemed inconsequential for other but when Greeves dropped own trademark frame in favor of a welded tube-frame design, a lot of customers were skeptical. claimed that Bert had “caved in” by dropping his trademark I-Beam downtube and bolt-together in favor of a hand-brazed Reynolds 531 frame with a conventional downtube.

Even worse for the traditionalists, the forks were no longer issue—replaced by 7-inch-travel Ceriani forks (although, as our featured shows, the leading-link forks be ordered as an option). Also new for were the conical aluminum spring-steel handlebars and streamlined bodywork. Even the longer was redesigned.

Hitting the scales at 227 pounds, the was eight pounds lighter the previous Challenger model (it was 20 pounds lighter than the

Though the engine and transmission still separate, connected by a chain, the slim-downed 380cc was as light as the year before’s 250 Finning for the cylinder was generous the Griffon was aimed at the American rider. The Amal Monoblock was replaced with an Amal carb. The exhaust exited the frame instead of under it.

Bore and … were by 72mm.

Dr. Gordon Blair of University of Belfast, a noted specialist, had been consulted on the new 380 but his work would not see fruition the release of the 1973 Greeves 380 QUB University Belfast). Unfortunately, the QUB be the last significant Greeves, as the fell on hard times in


Honda Griffon
Honda Griffon

Suggested retail was competitive Husqvarna and CZ at $1395. For some the Greeves Griffons aren’t on motorcycle collectors’ or AHRMA lists. Our Early Years of Museum example has a value of

Sadly, this is less what it cost to restore it to condition.

At one point, Greeves 11 models, including the Ranger, Pathfinder and Oulton, but in 1969, the Greeves Griffon 250 and Griffon 380 offered.

Greeves Griffons the Ceriani telescopic forks are collectable than leading-link though the leading links are The fiberglass tank and side are “eye candy” and very to find. Original Girling Dunlop Sport tires and spring-steel handlebars are a huge for a collector.

The best source for Greeves is Frank Conley’s Greeves in Valley, California. Contact him at

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