GRIFFON – year 1902
Manufacturer: Ets. Griffon, Courbevoie, His, France
Among the many French motorcycle manufacturers, who at the beginning of our century set the direction for the development of this new industry (like Peugeot, Clement, Bruneau, Bailleul, Fournier, Gobron, Werner i inni) the popular brand Griffon takes a serious place, also known in motorcycle sport.
Company, founded in 1902 year, producing popular motorcycles with Zedel engines of various power, It also specializes in the production of sports motorcycles, racing and record driving. The latter group includes the model shown in the illustration from the first year of the company's operation. This bike is specially designed to set the speed record over a kilometer, with the so-called. standing start. The power unit of this model came from the Swiss company Zedel. It was an air-cooled V-shape, two-cylinder engine with power 3,7 kW (5,5 KM). The motorcycle had no clutch or gearbox. The driving force was transmitted via a V-belt directly to the rear wheel pulley. The simple tubular frame had a reinforced front fork. The brakes only acted on the rear wheel. During the trial in the French city of Dourdan, this vehicle achieved a fantastic result – average speed 105 km/h. This record remained for two years (He was beaten only by Maurice Fournier on his motorcycle with a two-cylinder Bucheta two-stroke engine with displacement 2340 cm3 and extraordinary, for those times, power - 16,2 kW - achieving maximum speed 120 km/h).
Griffon brand, which was taken over by Peugeot in the 1920s, presented its motorcycles for the last time in the thirties of our century.