Two decades on the Britten V1000 is still considered one of motorcycling’s most outstanding designs. But few know the inside story of how it was developed…

The New Zealand-built Britten V1000 shocked the motorcycle world in 1992 with its innovative design. And while it was only eligible to race in niche events, such as Battle of the Twins and BEARS events, it made a legend of its creator, John Britten.

As well as setting world land speed records in 1994, it was featured in the New York Guggenheim Museum’s ground-breaking The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition in 1998. Britten’s creation really was performance art.

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