Greeves Wessex

Short details:

  • Greeves Wessex, 1968
  • 250 CC Villiers 37A Engine
  • Trial bike, road registered
  • Only in production one year – aprox. 120 pcs produced


Short Story:

  • I coincidently found this bike in the early 90’ies. It belonged to a kid that intended to use it in the fields, but he couldn’t start it.
  • I had no idea what a Greeves was, but it was funny and British, so I bought it and hauled it home to my garage.
  • It stood there for a few years, and I still had no idea what this weird bike was, and no clue about where to get parts.
  • But as the interned spread out, I got in touch with the Greeves Riders association, and found out that the Greeves is a real gem and worth a full restore.
  • The restoration work took a few years, because everything was worn down or broken. The ignition and charging system was the hardest part, but with specialist parts from the UK, I got it back in running condition.
  • I had to add lights to get a road registration for it.

This bike is turning heads where ever it shows up, and I never got so much attention before by rifding a motorcycle.

I rode it occationally for 6-7 years, but as I never really used it more than a few times every year, it had to go.


Wht did I do to it:

  • Engine
    • Bearings
    • Seals
    • Bored to second oversize
    • Piston and piston rings
  • Clutch
    • Primary chain
    • Clutch plates
  • Gearbox
    • Bearings
    • General overhaul, including new 3rd gear wheels
  • Rear drive
    • chain and sprockets
  • Electricity
    • CDI ignition build into the original flywheel magnet
    • 12 volt lights with hidden electronic reticifier/controller
    • Special bracket for battery, horn, and brake light swtch
    • Lights, horn, switches
  • Wheels
    • Bearings
    • Rims
    • Tires
  • Misc.
    • Handle bar
    • Clutch and brake levers
    • Fenders
    • Silencer
    • Bead blasting and painting, including new tank transfers


“Before” pictures

 

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