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Greeves Classic Motorcycles

Greeves Classic Motorcycles

Best known for its trials and motocross bikes. Essex firm Greeves also built roadsters and the Silverstone road-racer in the 1950s and 1960s. Most of the roadsters were 250 and 350cc two-strokes, with engines bought from British Anzani or Villiers and given names such as Fleet-master, Sportsman and Sports Twin. Off-road success included many wins for the Greeves Hawkstone scrambler and the European 250cc championship won by Dave Bickers in 1960 and 1961. Bill Wilkinson's Scottish Six Days Trial victory on a 250cc Greeves Anglian in 1969, ahead of Sammy Miller's Bultaco, brought to an end British bikes domination of the trials world.

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1959 Greeves 250B Greeves 250B  
1960 Greeves Hawkstone SCS Scrambler Greeves Hawkstone SCS Scrambler

250cc, built in May 1960, left the factory on 27/5/1960 and was sold to the dealer Grays of Bridport in Dorset . Engine and gearbox built by John Fryatt.

1960 Greeves Trials Bike, 250cc 1960 Greeves Trials Bike, 250cc
Greeves 1961 Hawkstone Villiers 200 classic scrambler Greeves 1961 Hawkstone Villiers 200 classic scrambler The greeves rolling chassis is believed to be 1961 with taper roller headstock and paddle hubs. This is fitted with a Villiers 9E 200 cc engine, an ex kart racing with full circle flywheels, oval conrod, packed cases, modified barrel, new racing piston, strenghtened clutch, 930 concentric carburettor, the bore is good, engine and gearbox bearings appear OK No kickstart fitted, the internal pawl gear and spring have been removed, remainder of gearbox contents have not been modified so kickstart can be easily reinstated by purchasing these parts from one of the Villiers component suppliers. No electrics, just a purpose made flywheel, with self extracting nut (as original flywheel) and a breaker cam for the battery powered coil ignition, the shaft is not modified so original, or modern ignition systems (Motoplas etc) will fit or the battery system retained.
1961 Greeves 24 TDS Greeves 24 TDS Villiers 32A iron barrel engine, 250cc.
1961 Greeves Motocross Scrambler, 250cc 1961 Greeves Motocross Scrambler, 250cc
1961 Greeves Sports Twin Greeves Sports Twin
  • Engine - 324cc, 180 degree parallel twin two-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke - 57 x 63.5 mm
  • Launched - 1956-1963
  • Compression Ratio - 8.7:1
  • Carburettor - Villiers 25mm
  • Weight - 270lb
  • Top Speed - 74 mph
  • More Greeves Sport Twin info..

    1963 Greeves Scottish Trials 1963 Greeves Scottish Trials
    1963 Greeves 32DD Essex Twin 1963 Greeves 32DD Essex Twin Villiers 3T 324cc 2 stroke twin engine.
    1963 Greeves 250 Essex Sports Twin, model 25DD 1963 Greeves 250 Essex Sports Twin, model 25DD

    Greeves are widely acknowledged to have been at the top of their game in the manufacturer of lightweight two strokes both road going and racing. Frame number 25DD158 and engine number 718D 13708, which according to Roy Bacon’s Villiers book makes it the 57th 25DD off the production line in 1963.

    1964 20dc Greeves Sports 1964 20dc Greeves Sports
    1965 Greeves 250cc Silverstone Road Racer 1965 Greeves 250cc Silverstone Road Racing Model Greeves entry into the world of road-racing was prompted by the efforts and success of Reg Everett who, during the 1962 season had campaigned a machine built from a combination of Greeves roadster and motocross components. Mr Everett's success led to the factory developing their own racing model, which debuted at the 1962 Earls Court Show. The new machine utilised a Villiers derived engine and bore a price of £285.
    1965 Greeves Anglian 1965 Greeves Anglian
    1965 Greeves Challenger 1965 Greeves Challenger Greeves introduced the first of their Challenger models in 1964. Typed the MX1, the new model headed the range of moto cross machines from the Thundersley factory and significantly introduced an engine designed by Greeves and containing no Villiers components. The barrel, head and crankcases were produced in-house, with the crankshaft assembly emanating from Alpha Bearings. An Albion gearbox and clutch were used and the magneto was supplied Stefa. The MX2 variant followed for the 1965 season incorporating a number of modifications to the transmission and was followed for the 1966 season by the MX3. The new model broke with Greeves tradition with either Ceriani telescopic forks or banana forks being specified in place of the Greeves leading link design previously specified.
    1965 Greeves Anglia Trials, 250cc 1965 Greeves Anglia Trials, 250cc
    1966 Greeves TGS Anglian Greeves TGS Anglian
    1966 Greeves 250cc 1966 Greeves 250cc
    1967 Greeves Challenger Greeves Challenger Greeves Challenger sidecar outfit...Greeves only ever made one "works" outfit and this is it. It was made for the 1966/7 winter series that was shown on Grandstand by the BBC and ridden by Alec Wright. At the time there were no "works" outfits and Derry Preston-Cobb thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get some publicity for Greeves putting a two stroke against all the big four strokes. It was also entered in the Welsh Three-Day.
    1967 Greeves 250 "TT" Challenger MX5E 1967 Greeves 250 "TT" Challenger MX5E

    The TT Challenger was commissioned by Nicholson Motors but only a single batch of about 30 bikes were produced in 1967.  

    1966 Greeves 250cc Anglian Trials 1966 Greeves 250cc Anglian Trials
    1968 Greeves MXB4 1968 Greeves MXB4 360cc.
    1969 Greeves Ranger 1969 Greeves Ranger 250cc.
    1969 Greeves 360 Challenger 1969 Greeves MX4D 360cc.
    1971 Greeves Pathfinder, 175cc 1971 Greeves Pathfinder, 175cc
    Greeves Griffin QUB 380cc 1975 GREEVES GRIFFIN QUB 380cc 1975

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