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The John Britten Story

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Seeing there was a little bit of a teaser about John Britten (R.I.P.) on another thread http://www.dlra.org.au/forum/viewtopic. ... 0&start=45 and the mention that it might warrant it's own thread, well I thought why not.

I discovered the Britten Bikes a few years ago and the Legend was well established by then.

So for anyone who is unfamiliar with this extraordinary story check out these links.

http://www.britten.co.nz/

http://www.brittendvd.co.nz/trailer.html

http://www.motorsportsmarketingresource ... esign.html

If any one does actually have first hand experience with these Bikes or John Britten, I would really like to hear about it. (Chris D maybe??)

enjoy :D :D

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Hey Pete, my sister lives in NZ and taped, yep was a while ago, a Britten special that was on NZTV. Ill see if I can convert it to DVD and send ya a copy. Very interesting, him designing and building his first Daytona bike.

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Ive watched it online, what a man !
http://youtu.be/hyht48MAOTw (links to the other parts are on the right of the youtube page)
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I think one of the best bits is the time it goes past the Factory Ducati on the back wheel at 3/4 throttle at Daytona. Well its all good bits really. Like when he is quenching the set of cases that he has just cast.

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2011 Washed Out
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2014 MPS/G 250 140 MPH (RECORD)
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2016 MPS/F 250 114 MPH (RECORD)
2017 MPS/F 250 DNF

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Here is a short Vid of the first Bike.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tWYisJR4i0

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There is a docco. Been around a long time
' One Man's Dream'
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gennyshovel wrote:Ive watched it online, what a man !
http://youtu.be/hyht48MAOTw (links to the other parts are on the right of the youtube page)
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Here are the other two links

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV0FWljj6FE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTubQg_4_To

This is a link to One Man's Dream - The Britten Bike Story, it's a more complete Doco, runs for 1 1/2 hours.

It's got the Britten World Record attempts on it as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9N1gfLQ--k

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yep john britten was a man indeed ,this bloke will be remembered
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Truly an inspirational story where David Betters Goliath and where the eternal optomist is rewarded by his valiant efforts, simply EPIC. 8)
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I did meet John in person. I was working for Fisher & Paykel, they sponsored him and he brought his bike to our factory.
Completely amazing machine but more so when he spoke about it.
Everything was done for a reason, like putting the radiator under the seat and ducting the air to it, this he reasoned reduced the frontal area. Every other vee twin had a fairing like a parallel 4.
Tim Hanna wrote an excellent book that details a lot of the history.
Murray Atkins was the brains behind most of it.

There is also a LSR connection to Britten.
Jon White used one of his engines in a streamliner. I never knew of this until I read the book.
I think they had gremlins at Bonneville.
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The involvement in that project got the britten guys thinking. They ran a bike with a dustbin fairing on a closed road timed sprint near christchurch. From memory they set a NZ land speed record (don't know if it was official or not)

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