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Britten Motorcycle

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In a poll compiled by the world’s leading motorcycle writers to rank the Motorcyclist of the Millennium, John Britten was placed equal with the four founders of Harley Davidson.

Britten an engineer from New Zealand designed and built a motor bike in his backyard shed from scratch. He not only developed an entirely new fabrication system using space age kevlar and carbon fibre, but designed the complete engine, making the patterns for casting himself.

His Britten motorcycle won races and set numerous speed records on the international circuits, and astounded the motorcycle world in 1991 when they came a remarkable second and third against the factory machines in the Battle of the Twins at Daytona, USA.

His motorcycle went into limited production and the one pictured is on permanent display at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington.


  

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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)


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