Our May window bike was on loan to us from our friend Lawrence Hacking. We've had a few of his bikes in the window over the years: His 2001 XR650R Dakar bike, 1974 ISDT Jawa bike and last month we were excited to add a 1969 Greeves 380cc twin port Griffon to the list.
The 1969 Greeves 380cc twin port Griffon is one of the most collectable and rare vintage motocross bikes. Greeves motorcycles were made in the UK between 1952 and 1977, the company was founded by Bert Greeves. British riders such Bryan Wade competed on these bikes during the 60's in events such as the TV Scrambles which was a televised series. Many Greeves motorcycles were exported to the USA and Canada. The 380 Griffon was a revised model from the original Challenger. This particular bike was restored by Costa Zarifi and won the best in show award at the Ormstown, QC vintage festival a few years ago. The bike features Ceriani front forks which was a option and is exactly how the Griffon would have come from the factory. The two stroke engine has massive cylinder finning for cooling and an AMAL carburetor. Greeves was slow to react to a changing market and technological advancements made by Japanese manufacturers ultimately they went out of business. During their heyday Greeves motorcycle riders enjoyed many racing successes, more recently the Greeves name was resurrected but it is not often you see a new Greeves motorcycle.