Watch MCN ride the Britten V1000

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One of the most special, unique, just plain awesome motorcycle ever made, only 10 examples of the Britten V1000 remain in the world. MCN’s Adam Child just got the very rare, very special chance to take one for a spin and produce this video.

  • Daniel Silverman

    I can’t say I’m not incredibly jealous. That bike was way ahead of its time.

    • GeoKan

      And still is…

  • Jhon Alexander

    Britten had immense talent,,the bike looks better the older it gets…

  • JB

    One of the really astonishing things about the Britten V1000 is how much of the technology wasn’t copied by the major manufacturers. In particular the front fork. Tube forks have been sort of the Achilles heel of the MotoGP bikes of late because they allow too much lateral flex in the corners. Motorcyclist Magazine had a piece about the need for a redesigned fork a few months ago, and Czysz was met with tremendous praise when he built his first prototype with unusual fork tube geometry, yet Britten had built a track proven motorcycle almost two decades earlier that fixed the problems of a tube fork. Why can’t the big companies take some of these designs and put them into their sport bikes? Wes posted the patent filings for some of the big four, but they were all pretty much tweaks to conventional moto design. When are we going to see some real skunkworks from these well funded, multinational MC companies?

    P.S. I’m glad Adam got to test this bike out. He and Neevesy are the two best road testers MCN has.

    • Emmet

      for a few reasons: Manufacturability, marketability/liability concerns, and racing homologations. Why should a motorcycle manufacturer risk so much in sales and R&D when what exists already (telescopic forks) works adequately and at low cost?

      • AHA

        Er..BMW Duolever anyone…? Aren’t they basically the same solution as the Hossack wishbones on the Britten V1000?

    • BigHank53

      Don’t forget customer resistance. If the front of the bike didn’t dive under hard braking (anti-dive is easy to design into a lot of alternative front ends) lots of people would quickly proclaim the bike “dangerous”, just because it didn’t react exactly the same way everyone’s old bikes did.

    • yipY

      Alternative fork theories are great:in theory.In practice they offer little benefit.Brittens mickey mouse fork engineering killed a guy on the I.O.M.when it collapsed at high speed.If all the Elf/Honda,Czysz and other alternative designs actually helped win races Casey Stoner and 46 would have used them.Yamaha sold GTS1000′s with the good RadParker setup and all it did better than a standard fork was hard brake slightly better,it did not justify the expense at all.John Britten’s story is good,but the bike was a developmental dead end:literally on both counts.

  • James Stuart

    I saw the Britten run at Westwood MC Club in 1990. It took the lap record (I think Gary Goodfellow was riding it but im not sure) that day which was also the last race at Westwood as they sold the property. It was an amazing site to see back then as no one had even heard of it because well, unless you had magazine subscriptions or cable tv (and at that something like ESPN 2) you’d never know it existed. I still have the copy of Moutain Racing News with it on the cover.

  • rohorn

    Was wondering the other day if any of them hit the track lately – thanks for posting that!
    Anyone know what became of the Britten shop after the earthquake(s)? All I’ve heard is that the bikes (and a few other bits & whatnot) made it out, but that the building itself is gone.

  • gabe

    The #10 Britten bike is sitting in a museum in Solvang, CA, about 30 min away from here. It is awe inspiring to look at it in the flesh…

  • Taylor Ramsauer

    What an incredible machine.

  • Jonathan Noble

    It sort of sounds like the issue Rossi had with the CF Ducati frame and poor feel in the corners, too stiff.

    • yipY

      The main problem with 46′s Ducati was that the front discs and bearings were too wide and the tank put the fuels weight distribution in the wrong spot for good handling.

  • Wiggysan®

    Are we all forgetting that Mark Forsthe did a test ride on the V1000 in about 1996 for P.B mag?

    This “exclusive” ride is about 20 + years late.

    Good video still.

    • rohorn

      Feb 1995 issue – page 22-29 (Holding it (the magazine) in my hand right now).
      Mar 95 has the teardown pics and more – page 106-111.

      I’m arguing with myself about cutting up both issues and scanning them correctly….