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Most people fail to put the Britten's performance in it's proper context.
They tend to compare the bike with today's performance levels.
Back in the 90's when the Britten was created, it was putting around 180 HP at 12,500 RPM.
That was amazing back then. And the fact that it was an engine created in a backyard shop makes it even more amazing.

When it was racing at Daytona, it was against the factory Ducati 888's and was wheeling past then at will.
When the rider pulled in, he told John he was only using 3/4 throttle, and that's after welding a cracked cylinder in a cycle shop the night before.

I've seen The Worlds Fastest Indian (about Burt Munro), which was a really good movie, but I think the Britten story would warrant a movie of it's own.

The man and the machine never cease to amaze me.
 

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Most people fail to put the Britten's performance in it's proper context.
They tend to compare the bike with today's performance levels.
Back in the 90's when the Britten was created, it was putting around 180 HP at 12,500 RPM.
That was amazing back then. And the fact that it was an engine created in a backyard shop makes it even more amazing.

When it was racing at Daytona, it was against the factory Ducati 888's and was wheeling past then at will.
When the rider pulled in, he told John he was only using 3/4 throttle, and that's after welding a cracked cylinder in a cycle shop the night before.

I've seen The Worlds Fastest Indian (about Burt Munro), which was a really good movie, but I think the Britten story would warrant a movie of it's own.

The man and the machine never cease to amaze me.
Ditto.

A man ahead of his time. Just think what he would have achieved if his life hadn't been cut short so young!
 

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I remember reading magazine articles when John was still alive and first watched the story of the Britten bike on a VHS tape some 12 years ago. First time I watched, tears were coming down my face - heroic films do that to me sometimes and from what I saw John was truly heroic.

When in NZ a couple of years ago I realised that most Kiwis know of Burt Munrow and John Britten. Also met a few ingenious people who made their own machinery & equipment. One had rebuilt his plane after crashing it and had several interesting projects on the go. Another made a hydro electric generator from the innards of a washing machine and a bank of batteries to power his family's home.
Many NZ'ers don't have access to finished products or even materials in the way we may be used to in other countries, so they make what they need. John Britten was entirely on another level though. When their bike cracked a cylinder at Daytona and they couldn't find a machine shop with the material to make another overnight, John welded it. The bike would have gone on to win the race had a Rectifier not failed - one of the few components John hadn't made himself.
 
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