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Adam Child  says:

MCN rides the Britten V1000

‘Outstanding’, ‘amazing’, and ‘work of art’ are all labels liberally applied to the exotic race bikes built by John Britten, but in reality the Britten deserves a unique accolade to celebrate its existence. In many peoples’ minds it’s simply the greatest bike ever made. For me it transcends everything, it’s a dream bike, it was the poster bike I had...

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  • Posted 2 years ago (23 January 2013 15:40)

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Oct 09

Posts: 39

Vortex52 says:


What a very ugly piece of metal !

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Oct 10

Posts: 5

StreetrodR says:

Reading this the author's praise for John Britten sounds a little overblown. But it isn't. Britten is (sadly was) at least as gifted an engineer as Enzo Ferrari or Colin Chapman - even more so when you consider that he did this virtually from his shed and not within the safety of a large company with engineers and money to burn. The word genius is overused these days but not in JB's case.

The previous poster says it's ugly. I'd say it's striking. It wasn't designed to win shows. It was designed to kick ass at the highest level which it did.

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Jan 10

Posts: 186

The Britten.............

..........was, and is, a masterpiece of engineering and vision created by a true pioneer and mechanical genius. @ VORTEX - you are such the offensive dullard ! If you knew anything, you would know the there is very little actual metal on the Britten. Just a few bits here and there besides the engine. John Britten pioneered exotic applications of carbon fiber way ahead of other manufacturers. Go ride your " Gixxer "

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Oct 09

Posts: 39

Vortex52 says:

The Britten !

@mrblistershifter, Very litlle metal apart from the is quite a lot of not only metal but uglly plastic as well....PML....

By the picture on your profile I do understand why you like this sort of thing....this is a free space and I do exercise my free speach and opinions about any garbage I see here.


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Jan 13

Posts: 1

marlin48 says:

Britten NZ 1996

As I was lucky enough  during the 1996 IOM TT to meet personally the 1996 Britton General Manager, Barry Reese. I told him about my intention to visit the Britton Shop in Christchurch the same year just for fun and because of my enthusiasm for the bike. So it happened and he showed me around all the production halls, he even took some wheels extra for me out of the oven...we had a 2 hours long chat about all kinda topics involved with parts maybe getting done in Europe for the Twin and for the new single cylinder model. He offered me even that I could buy one out of two available bikes (a brandnew one and the Daytona Winner were on offer) and I went back home after this with my head full of thoughts how I could get the right sponsors to let this bike race all vanished again for me after a long time of I know still that this was my best bike involved experience I ever had!! And I still love this outstanding kinda bike!!!!!!

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Apr 11

Posts: 109

bikerpete51 says:

beautiful machine

I've loved the look of this bike from the first time I saw the Britten. I know mainstream manufacturers like to play it safe with models they can move to the masses etc. but if one man can come up with the inovations that are on this bike what sort of bikes should we be riding from the major manufacturers with all the resources that they have, just a thought.

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