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Britten Bike

Britten Bike

See the record-breaking Britten V-1000 motorbike, designed and built by Kiwi genius John Britten.

The Kiwi-made Britten V-1000 isn’t just good-looking – it’s won a string of trophies and broken several records. In 1993, it set the World Flying Mile Record for motorcycles 1000cc and under, reaching 302 kilometres per hour.

Britten V1000 motorcycle, 1991, Christchurch, by Britten Motorcycle Company Ltd. Purchased 1995 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (T000649)

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Britten V1000 motorcycle, 1991, Christchurch, by Britten Motorcycle Company Ltd. Purchased 1995 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (T000649)

About John Britten

John Britten (1950–95) was an engineering genius from childhood. By age 13, he and a friend had begun restoring a 1927 Indian Scout he found in a ditch. John turned his hand to many other creative projects too. He crafted designer lampshades in the 1970s, and fashioned a magnificent house out of a former horse stables, complete with atrium and indoor plunge pool.

Don’t miss the audio-visual that shows John and his team working on the Britten bike in his garage – yes, he really did build it at home!

Britten bike - Collections Online

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