John Britten was a New Zealand-born mechanical engineer who is best remembered for engineering and building one of the most technologically advanced motorcycles of it's time, the Britten V1000, in the late '80s and early '90s. Growing up as a young lad, Britten's personal heroes included Bruce McLaren (of Formula 1 fame) and Burt Munro (The World's Fastest Indian), so his background was obviously mixed in not only the two-wheeled world but also in the four-wheeled world.
Reportedly there were only ten total of the V1000 and V1100 machines built over the course of John's too-brief time on this planet (sadly, Britten passed away from cancer in late '95) and the one above was found on display at the Barber Museum outside Birmingham, AL. in April 2007. The 999cc 60 degree V-twin quad cam machine is truly a work of art and a testament to the sheer genius of what the man was all about.
Check out the video that Motorcycle News.com put out the other day when they got the chance to test ride John Britten's V1000, one of the most technologically advanced racing motorcycles of it's time.
Check out the official site for the Britten Motorcycle Company here.
MCN talks with Nick Jeffries about what it was like to ride the Britten at the Isle of Man TT.