One Man’s Dream. The John Britten Bike Story.

John K. Britten (1950 –1995) was a New Zealand mechanical engineer who designed a world-record-setting motorcycle with innovative features which are still ahead of contemporary design. He continues to be an inspiration to many. He produced revolutionary machines to his own design made of light materials and using engines he built himself, which became famous around the world. His Britten motorcycles 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 on the Daytona International Speedway.

This trailer is from a fascinating video capturing all the drama, the dreams and the nightmares, the triumphs and the tragedies. It is the legend of the man from “Down Under ” who dared to challenge the might and wisdom of the world’s great motorcycle production factories and captured a nations imagination en route. Very inspiring. You can order online the only DVD available telling the story of John Britten and his bike by going to .

10 Responses to “One Man’s Dream. The John Britten Bike Story.”

  1. 1 Nov 26th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    He’s the man!!

    No money but so many clever idea!!

    When you want, you can !!

  2. 2 Don Emde Nov 26th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I was at Daytona when John came over in 1991 and I remember people saying “A guy doesn’t just build a bike in his garage and it runs right down the track with a Ducati.This just doesn’t happen.” But it did. John Britten was a brilliant man who left this earth too soon.

  3. 3 Bad Monkey Nov 26th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I got to see one of Britten’s race bikes at a show in New Zealand last year. So cool, especially when you realize how much one man did with very few resources. Very innovative and original.

  4. 4 Nov 26th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    make sure you watch all 6 clips. words cannot describe what Mr. Britten was capable of……

  5. 5 Mark Nov 27th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Tim Hanna’s bok on Britten is long, but it does a great job of telling the story of this extremely driven man. A superb read. His bikes? If I won the lotto it would be a Britten and a 58 Ferrari Testa Rosa I would first spring for.


  6. 6 martin Twofeather Nov 27th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Good men can’t be kept down and John Britten is one of the best……….

  7. 7 Nov 27th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Well put Don. A truly remarkable guy. John Britten was a true genius and created things with little which made him even more remarkable.
    I was at a race track in NZ on the sidelines 20′ away from the start/finish flagman and Andrew Shroud was doing some test laps. The flagman gave him the checkered flag and at over 100 mph he braked, popped the rear wheel in the air and parked the front wheel right between the flagmans legs and crotch. Remarkable in that era of race bikes.
    I true genius in many ways and not just motorcycles who left this earth way too early.

  8. 8 Nov 28th, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Very inspiring, true passionate about motorcycles, great exemple for young people.

  9. 9 Nov 29th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    If he was still here,he would had changed the face of motorcycles.
    Pure genius.

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