The 2011 Saxon Motorcycle Griffin is a chopper, with the front wheel positioned at the end of a set of long forks that are placed at a deep 43-degree angle. With a six-speed, belt-driven transmission and a chain drive, the Griffin is a smooth operator, despite its bad-boy looks. The engine is a V-twin, air-cooled, four-stroke energetic unit with two valves per cylinder. One could buy a very good car for less money than the $28,920 MSRP commanded by the 2011 Saxon Motorcycle Griffin. However, there are far fewer thrills in a $28,000 car. The price is a bit above average for choppers, as is the dry weight of the cycle.
When the electric starter has fired the engine up, premium gas powers the sound emanating from the pipes. Sometimes high-priced wheels need high-priced fuel. Some of the cost can probably be recouped by using the 2011 Saxon Motorcycle Griffin's overdrive setting on the six-speed transmission, when at cruising speeds. The front tire is barely two inches wide, but the sitting is secure on that fat ten-incher on the back. The wheels are aluminum, for lighter weight. Brembo, a top-of-the-line manufacturer, makes the brakes. Both wheels have disc brakes, to haul the chopper down from whatever speedy mission it has been pursuing. Suspension components include an inverted fork up front and a twin-sided swing arm in the rear, which is adjustable.
There is a single seat, with no backrest available. The seat can be upgraded with leather covering, and a two-up seat can be ordered. Evidently, tough guys need no chain guards, brush guards, or exhaust guards either, because the cycle in question does not offer such amenities. The frame is steel, and the digital instruments are a speedometer and tachometer – that is all this bike comes with. This is the definition of bare-bones cruising. With no bags offered by the manufacturer either, the role is set for the 2011 Saxon Motorcycle Griffin: to make appearances around town, or maybe take a day trip not too far from home. It is stripped-down, visceral sound and motion. However, the ride will be a blast, and the five-gallon fuel tank will take bike and rider a good ways down the road.