Britten Motorcycles was founded in 1986 by John Britten who decided to completely redesign his own personal Ducati. After a complete redesign of the entire body and frame, John determined that the Ducati engine would not be sufficient, so after inquiring around his native New Zealand, he found a New Zealand made Denco motor.
The Denco motor as well proved to be unworthy of his newly designed frame and completely scrapped the entire design and started once again from scratch. This time John Britten was to use carbon fibre instead of fibreglass.
Then John built his engine from scratch after drawing up two different plans, a 1000 cc and 1100 cc engine which he would have cast out of steel.
The first race using a Britten Motorcycle was in 1991 at the Battle of the Twins where a Britten Motorcycle came in at second and third place.
Britten Motorcycles have placed in every racing competition that they have entered into and although John Britten has since passed on, Britten Motorcycles still produce bikes as well as having raced 10 motorcycles specially designed for racing only by John Britten before his death.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 04/06/2008