Post-Listing Update: This Greeves Ranger did not meet reserve at $3,415.
Founded by Bert Greeves, the Greeves motorcycle company started when Bert was mowing his lawn and thought of mounting a lawnmower engine to the wheelchair of his disabled cousin to help with mobility. That led to a government contract, and Bert was inspired by his success to start building motorcycles as well. The company was quite successful with exports – at one point Greeves was sending more bikes to the US than it was keeping in its home country. The Greeves Ranger is considered by some to be the first ever ‘trail bike’, a road-legal dual-sport.
The Ranger was specifically designed for export to the States, utilizing a 250cc engine sourced from Villiers. Production numbers aren’t known for sure, though some estimates peg the number around 3,000. This bike was known for several innovative features, like the I-beam casting, front downtube, and the crazy-looking front suspension design – take a look at the photo for a view of the leading-link. Greeves was well known a decade before Honda and the rest of the Japanese competition took over the market. General consensus was that at the time, only a Penton was in the same league.
This specific Greeves Ranger (VIN: 24CS141) has spent the last 10 years in a museum with a few other bikes that are being sold off. It’ll need a battery, the carbs cleaned, and a few other minor things tended to. Note that a lovely example sold 2 years ago for $5,265 at a Bonham’s Auction in Vegas.
Find this Greeves Ranger for sale in Englewood, Colorado with bidding up to $2,524.99 and a BIN price of $5,000