Italemmezeta was the predecessor of Italjet, a firm established in 1958 by Leopoldo Tartarini, son of Egisto Tartarini, an Italian racer. Early machines employed MZ engines.

Apparently, the firm's name changed to Italjet in 1966. Italjet built a small number of machines for Floyd Clymer in the late 1960's utilizing Royal Enfield 750cc engines to be marketed under the Indian banner. Around 15 of these quite handsome motorcycles are believed to exist. Clymer died before the project came to fruition and the remaining 200 Enfield engines were sold to Rickman, resulting in the Rickman Interceptors.

Clymer also had Italjet build some 97 Velocette powered machines, of which about half had Venom Thruxton engines.
Italjet also built minibikes using Minarelli and Franco Morini Motori engines.

The Bologna-based designer and manufacturer of two-wheelers, Italjet, sold the complete manufacturing and distribution rights for seven of its scooter models to the Kinetic group of India in January 2007.

 

   

Italjet Bazooka 650

Italjet Grifon 650

Make Model

Italjet Grifon 650

Year

2006

Engine

Four stroke, 90° V twin, DOHC, 4 valve

Capacity

647 cc / 30.4 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 81.5 x 62 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio NA

Induction

NA

Starting

Electric

Max Power

79 hp  58.9 kW @ 9000 rpm

Max Torque

68 Nm @ 7500 rpm
Clutch Wet, multiplate

Transmission 

6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

 

Rear Suspension

 

Front Brakes

2x discs

Rear Brakes

Single disc

Front Tyre

NA

Rear Tyre

NA
Length 2057 mm / 81.0 in
Seat Height 762 mm / 30 in

Dry Weight

184 kg / 407  lbs

Fuel Capacity

17 Litres / 4.5 US gal

This is not the first time Italjet has made an attempt to enter the motorcycle market. They used to build bikes for Ducati. In the late 60's Italjet
introduced the Griffon 650. This motorcycle used the Triumph Bonneville 650 engine.

When scooters got popular in Europe they began concentration on scooters instead.

By the late 90's scooter popularity started to decrease. In 2000 Italjet introduced the Grifon 900 based on a Triumph 900cc engine, displaying it first
at the Milan show. They later decided not to put the bike into production.
According to thier web site they plan to resurect the bike. In addition, it
appears they are planning to put two 650 models into production in spring 2006. Both bikes are based on the GT650 engine and chasis. There is a Grifon model with handle bars, analog guages and spoked wheels. There is also a stealth black Bazooka model with clip-on handle bars, digital dash and alloy wheels.

Italjet Grifon 900 Concept

 

Make Model

Italjet Grifon 900

Year

2000

Engine

Four stroke, transverse three cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Capacity

885 cc / 54.0 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 76 x 65 mm
Cooling System Liquid-cooled
Compression Ratio 10.0:1

Induction

3 x 36 mm Mikuni carburetors

Ignition 

TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Starting Electric

Max Power

51 kW / 70 hp @ 8000 rpm

Max Torque

72 Nm / 53.1 ft. lbs @ 4800 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

6 Speed  /  chain

Front Brakes

2x 320 mm discs 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 230 mm disc 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/80-17

Rear Tyre

180/70-15
Seat Height 755 mm

Dry Weight

165 kg

Fuel Capacity

20 Litres