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  • Yamaha XT600 Greeves

    Went to have a look at this XT600 enginee Greeves special today which has been built by a local VMCC member.
    The frame is from a 24SCS (61/1962) it retains the LL forks but has a completely new bespoke swinging arm, the rest of it is from bits acquired from eBay, hubs from a Honda with TLS front, engine is a four valve twin port XT600 (595cc) the tank from a Suzuki Maurauder & seat Royal Enfield.
    The builder chose to be totally legal & re registered it with DVLA as a BMC Special (BMC is the owners initials by the way, & no parts from a BMC Allegro were used) This involved going through a lengthy & time consuming Single Vehicle Approval route hence the Q plate. The DVLA also issued a new 17 digit frame number Q897CGU XT600 engined Greeves frame number DVLASWA3971512008 so the original Greeves one is not used.
    Pics attached
    (John H if you want to use this piece & pics for LL that's fine by me)
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    Last edited by John Wakefield; 06/07/2018, 05:58 PM.

  • #2
    And why not i say, a good reliable engine fitted and finished off very neatly, this thing is quite common now, we have down here in our local club an Ariel square four with a 5oo Hond twin engine being used, it is interesting to see how innovative some people are

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dick F View Post
      And why not i say, a good reliable engine fitted and finished off very neatly, this thing is quite common now, we have down here in our local club an Ariel square four with a 5oo Honda twin engine being used, it is interesting to see how innovative some people are
      I agree Dick, no complete Greeves was broken up as the frame (bent) & forks were bought from an autojumbler. The owner previously had a Vincent Comet which he had difficulty starting due to bad knees, the Yam engine has an electric starter. In some aspects you can see a similarity with the Vincent.
      The only downside is that Q plate, you dont get free Historic Tax with those, some people had advised the builder to just register it as a Greeves but he was not happy that the insurance would be valid with all the modifications. A good point.
      Last edited by John Wakefield; 22/03/2016, 10:06 PM.

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      • #4
        This bike is for sale at Cheffins auction 20/7/19 https://machinerysales.cheffins.co.u...2F%3Fpage%3D11

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        • #5
          Winning bid:780 plus 8% commission pus VAT (850)
          That is a very low price for a restored, on the road bike, I think it reflects that Greeves hybrids are not in demand. Though to be fair this one had very few Greeves parts only main frame and forks. The fact that it had been re registered as a BMC with DVLA issued frame number and a Q plate will not have helped.
          Last edited by John Wakefield; 20/07/2019, 08:10 PM.

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          • #6
            Now being advertised on Facebook by John Taylor, for 12345 presumably he bought it in the Cheffins auction for 850 and is now looking to make a killing. It is of course a 24SCS main frame not a 25DC
            https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f..._dHON1UzBruvGT

            John Taylor
            19 hrs
            Greeves with Yamaha Xt600 motor
            12,345
            Waltham Abbey
            Would anyone in this group be interested in this bike available for sale? 1961 model 25dc Fitted with yamaha Xt600 engine. Stainless exhaust etc. Many hours spent, finished and registered 2015. Illness forced sale, Before you ask how much, no idea, but solid offers welcomed and considered. Located Essex
            Last edited by John Wakefield; 02/08/2019, 02:35 PM.

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            • #7
              In auction at Matthewsons 9/19 estimate 1275 to 1675 https://mathewsons.co.uk/auctions/au...ves-recreation

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              • #8
                If you thought that the XT600 (Q897CGU) was an abortion, how about this SR500 'custom' with LL forks (from a Challenger according to seller) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Yamaha-sr...kAAOSwBLJdyDcU
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                • #9
                  I bet the handling is exciting if not twitchy looking at the fork angle. I would love to know how it is tax and MOT exempt, it is a 1979 T reg which will not be eligible until April next year. Dogsbody

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                  • #10
                    Seems to have had a continual MoT pass rate, but currently out of MoT. I wonder if the conversion has been made since last MoT
                    AEB106TYAMAHA SR

                    Check another vehicle ColourBlue

                    Fuel typePetrol

                    Date registered1 June 1979

                    MOT expired on15 October 2019

                    Get an MOT reminderwhen the vehicle's MOT is near its time for renewal.(Opens in a new Window) by email or text.

                    If you think the MOT expiry date or any of the vehicle details are wrong, contact DVSA.
                    Open All MOT history

                    Check mileage recorded at test, MOT expiry date, defects and advisories, and view test certificate


                    Date tested12 October 2018

                    PASS

                    View test certificateMileage17,769 miles

                    MOT test number1025 7564 9191

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date15 October 2019

                    The MOT test changed on 20 May 2018

                    Defects are now categorised according to their severity – dangerous, major, and minor. Find out more

                    Date tested12 October 2017

                    PASS

                    Mileage42,185 miles

                    MOT test number5047 8996 4660

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date15 October 2018

                    Date tested29 September 2016

                    PASS

                    Mileage42,057 miles

                    MOT test number2685 5627 7992

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date15 October 2017

                    Date tested15 October 2015

                    PASS

                    Mileage41,903 miles

                    MOT test number4970 1972 4531

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date15 October 2016

                    Date tested16 October 2014

                    PASS

                    Mileage41,331 miles

                    MOT test number5395 2918 4228

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date15 October 2015

                    Date tested25 July 2013

                    PASS

                    Mileage40,846 miles

                    MOT test number3183 5600 3489

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date28 July 2014

                    Date tested11 July 2012

                    PASS

                    Mileage45,103 miles

                    MOT test number2992 8309 2165

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date28 July 2013

                    Date tested29 July 2011

                    PASS

                    Mileage39,763 miles

                    MOT test number3494 0031 1296

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date28 July 2012

                    Date tested5 June 2010

                    PASS

                    Mileage49,051 miles

                    MOT test number6600 9645 0161

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date4 June 2011

                    Date tested20 May 2009

                    PASS

                    Mileage47,996 miles

                    MOT test number8604 9014 9191

                    Test location

                    View test locationExpiry date19 May 2010

                    Last edited by John Wakefield; 14/11/2019, 10:18 PM.

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                    • #11
                      He says low mileage backed by MOT history. How come it was 42000miles now 17000? So fast it went back in time? Dogsbody

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                      • #12
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