1968 Greeves Oulton
It’s hard to believe only 21 of these beautiful Greeves Oulton racers were ever sold. As the story goes the previous race bike they produced was the legendary 1965 250cc Greeves Silverstone which won the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix twice. Then at Silverstone it won third place which cemented the production of the Silverstone through until the end of 1967, until they were being beaten by rice rockets like the Yamaha TD1C. Greeves decided to produce a larger capacity machine for the 1968 season, and thus was born the 344cc 35RFS Oulton. This bike was a lightweight stunner but sadly failed to match the success of the Silverstone, and as mentioned earlier only 21 were sold. Unfortunately Bert Greeves decided it was time to retire from the company in 1968 and after that so did Greeves production of road racers.
Until recently when Richard Deal bought the rights to the Greeves name in May 1999. The new company continues to develop motorcycles and launched the first new Greeves Trials Bike for 20 years in January 2009. I like their range of replica vintage Greeves dirt bikes, although their website needs a lot of work. [Photo by Moto Arte Design via MC24]