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Video: Britten V1000 ridden

The ultimate nonconformist race bike, the Britten V1000 was hand-built by a dedicated team led by maverick engineer John Britten in New Zealand in the early '90s. Only 10 bikes remain, and after a year of negotiations, MCN's Adam Child flew half way around the world to ride it.

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bob the builder


Feb 03

Posts: 197

John Britten, sadly missed by the bike world. he was ahead of time ,designing bikes.

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Feb 12

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Titosfuneral says:

what a bike...

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Jul 10

Posts: 398

DoomedDog says:

And after

all this time it's still more of a prototype than the supposed prototypes that compete in todays MotoGP which are really nothing more than superbikes but slightly lighter with a little more power. The Britten is proof that you don't need millions to design and build a working and succesful prototype motorcycle.

If MotoGP was filled with designs and ideas like that on the Britten what an incredible class of racing it would be.

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Sep 12

Posts: 3

Bikerchas says:

Excellent video about an absolutely classic machine. Good work Chad.

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Jan 10

Posts: 186


I was fortunate enough to see the Britten race @ Laguna Seca back in the day. Andrew Stroud was able to reel in the Ducatis at will. It was a thundering beast ! I spent hours inspecting it in the pits and i'm still amazed, to this day, at the innovation, design and craftmanship of this legendary machine. Just imagine what he may have come up with next......

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Apr 12

Posts: 320

DazLoczy says:


The way the camera shook on the penultimate corner I thought for a brief second he nearly dropped it! Agree with DoomedDog completely. Had a poster of this on my wall in the 90's from Performance Bike magazine, alongside an NR750 and a tricked up ZZR1100.

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Feb 05

Posts: 223

Bob_1 says:

Adrenaline Pumping

I can remember the Britten at the TT in the early 1990's. In particular sitting on the bank just below Creg-ny-baa and watching it pick the front wheel up out of the slow right-hander. I think it was Nick Jefferies riding. The sound was fantastic. I must go through my old photo's and find it.

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Nov 10

Posts: 75

mozart says:

TT 94

Me and my old man, were sat at quarry bends when nick jeff came crawlin past on the brit. after the marshall had come through, we jumped on my dads gpz and saw nick, not much further on from quarry

the britten was leaning against a garden wall, an old lady had give nick a cup of tea, and i got a pic of me sat on the britten. memories........ what a machine


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Jason Hall


Aug 02

Posts: 129

Jason Hall says:

For all Britten enthusiasts.

If you haven't seen it you should get a copy on "One Man's Dream - the Britten Bike Story". It documents the full story of making the final version of the bike and all the testing and the land speed record stuff they did with a dustbin fairing and no silencers.

My copy is on VHS. I wrote directly to Ruffel Films in Christchurch asking how I could get a copy and within a week, they just sent me one and kindly asked me to send them a cheque for £20GBP to cover the price and P&P. How cool was that?

I'm sure it must be on DVD now. It is something you will watch over and over again.

John Britten was an amazing man - such a shame that he died so young.

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Aug 02

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neilf says:

Britten DVD

Here you go;

I think that you can also watch it on You Tube.

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