The Janus Gryffin 450 Could be the Perfect Relaxed Scrambler

If you’re looking for a scrambler with an amount of power that could almost never get you into trouble, the Janus Gryffin 450 could be for you

Janus Gryffin 450

A new scrambler motorcycle has been unveiled in the US, with the Janus Gryffin 450 utilising a single-cylinder motor.

445cc in displacement, and using an SOHC configuration with four valves and a dry sump, the Gryffin 450’s has a maximum output of 30bhp which is said to push the 150kg bike to a top speed of 90mph, and it will do so for as long as it takes to run its 8.3-litre fuel tank dry.

A 21-inch front wheel is paired with a 17-inch rear wheel (both with aluminium rims and stainless steel spokes), which indicates the off-road bias of the bike. The particular category of off-road motorcycling the Gryffin 450 fits into is most obviously indicated by the exhaust design, with its dual pipes placed high-up and parallel to the ground denoting the bike’s scrambler style.

A tubular steel frame connects front, where you’ll find the 21-inch front wheel connected to a leading-link fork with dual progressive coil-over Ikon shocks, to rear, where the 17-inch rear wheel is suspended by twin progressive coil-over Ikon shocks. Both front and rear suspension offer 140mm of wheel travel. Being American, most of the measurements are given by Janus in inches, which leads to a rather specific seat height of 813mm.

A floating two-piston Brembo brake calliper squeezes on a 280mm front brake disc, while a floating single-piston calliper from the same Italian brand works on a 220mm rear disc.

Despite the retro looks and simple-looking appearance, a modern cockpit awaits the rider, with a digital tachometer, speedometer, and odometer, while the screen itself is LCD. 

Customers in the US can order by 23 March (which is tomorrow at time of writing) to get the First Edition trim package, which includes a specially numbered plaque and engraved components among other things.

Production is set to start in July, and prices begin at $13,495, which equates to around £10,700. There is nothing official from Janus yet on whether the bike will make its way outside the US, although there are suggestions in European media that it could do so.

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