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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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Aug 02

Posts: 316

cthwaites says:

I don’t know all the technicalities of the much of it was innovative and have any of its engineering break throughs made it into the main stream?

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Jan 11

Posts: 657

carloslavado says:

I have seen and heard this beast go round Assen, when competing in a Bott race. This stands for Battle of the Twins. There were many other technicaly interesting bikes in this class. Over Yamaha from Japan had some cool bikes as well i thought. Good times, with Paddock passes easy to come by. walking around and checking great creations. Magni Guzzi's as well, beautiful bikes. But this Britten was the one. Kick ass bike.

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Mar 04

Posts: 204

v2kiwi says:

Britten V1000

other wise know as the fastest lawn mower in the world, Well in NZ anyway, mainly because it was built in the back garden shed so to speak. It was hard to beleive that this thing was trashing factory Ducati 851,s & 888 in it,s day at Daytona. There were few place,s it could run but  Bott and SOS racing was the best , and it,s a shame those class,s are,nt more popular. They were the true prototype bikes in my mind and most of the tuning was DAD & DAVE with there own specials not  Factory efforts. SOUND OF SINGLE (SOS)  anyone can have a go and it,s sort of what that 450 mx bike converstion class is all about, full turn of circle then. I guess thats why classic racing is so popular now cause it,s the best way to go for all those true enthusists that develope and tune their dreams to what they can. Has the BRITTEN ever been to GOODWOOD ??? Thats prob the only place you,ll ever hear or see it these days. What a Machine.

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Nov 09

Posts: 88

ginganz13 says:


Just saw Stroud ride it round the Cemetery Circuit in Wanganui - serisouly guys don't bugger about in the cold and wet  - there's an awesome street racing series in the NZ  summer (December)  with a huge history -

I know there are tons of conspiracy nuts out there - but is there any clearer instance of  institutional market 'guarding' holding back real development than this? The talent wasted by vested interests protecting their 'business' rather than innovation is criminal.

Brave rider taking it round Pukekohe - it's like a bloody goat track - did a track day on a VFR and nearly got launched out of the seat!


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Sep 11

Posts: 7

RobinC says:


We were at Daytona when it won, a fantastic sight, made all the better by Andrew stroud doing stand up near vertical wheelies at high speed on the banking! Its a sight that will live with me for ever.

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Feb 10

Posts: 199

wesley01 says:

Just awesome, best story about an amazing bike.

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Jul 08

Posts: 286

MCN LiamM says:

If you've not quite had your fill of the Britten, here's a link to a documentary on the machine and it's maker.

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