John Britten First Custom Motorcycle

brittenbike“How’s it going Cyril? A while back, there was a feature on your blog regarding the late John Britten and the Britten Bike. Back in the early days when John was building his first motorcycle, the pickings in his bank account were pretty slim, so the company I work for fronted up with substantial sponsorship to help John get his bike on the track. A mutual agreement followed, whereby my employer gets to display the first Britten bike ever built in our front desk reception area. At the time, I snapped this picture”. Cheers, Brian Winter. (New Zealand) Kiwi Bikers NZ

11 Responses to “John Britten First Custom Motorcycle”

  1. 1 Brandon Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Historic pic.

  2. 2 J Jun 6th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Brilliant bike- so far ahead of it’s time- still cool to look at

  3. 3 Jeremy Jun 6th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Cyril, nice to make many discover who was John Britten. I am certain that the new builders never heard his name. It’s a shame that he left us so soon.

  4. 4 Marc Frantz Jun 6th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    In terms of starting with an absolutely blank slate and creating a racer
    from the ground up the way John Britten did (engine, frame, etc), the
    spirit of John Britten is alive and well in the soul of American
    Michael Czysz., who comes from a family that’s been into
    motorcycling as long as it’s been around.

    Just check out his Digital Superbike on his website:

    Be sure to check out the ‘history’ tab, as it will blow you away.
    There are numerous pictures of his family’s history with
    motorcycles (very cool).

    He will be campaigning his bike in the world’s first zero carbon,
    clean emission Grand Prix, to take place on Friday June 12.

    Hopefully, he will win and bring the trophy home to the U.S.A.

    Let’s wish this young American well in his quest, and hat’s off
    to Michael for keeping the spirit of John Britten alive, American Style!

  5. 5 john reed Jun 6th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I think that.
    Anyone who has built a bike, whether it is a custom or a production one
    should get down on their knees as form of respect to this man,and the team that
    helped him turn his ideas into reality

    john reed.

  6. 6 jatinder pal Jun 7th, 2009 at 5:06 am

    John was genius,if he would alive today he would had changed the face of modern motorcycles,he stunned the major 4…yamaha,suzuki,kawasaki and honda by building a superior motorcycle…RIP john…

  7. 7 Michael Schacht Crocker Motorcycle Co Jun 7th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    As great inspirations don’t come around that often,
    It’s nice to see John finally achieve the fame he so greatly deserved.
    We need more people cut from that cloth in our industry.
    There are achievements in this world that transcend money.
    John’s is certainly one of them.

  8. 8 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Co Jun 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    John was a visionary man who was way ahead of his time and it is amazing to see all who copied and learned from him since. It is amazing what talent comes out of a small country at the other end of the world, New Zealand, the land way down under. Get his documentary DVD and really see what the Britten was all about.

  9. 9 Margaret Schneider Jun 11th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Please let me know how I can get a copy of the documentary DVD of John Brittons first custom motorycle. Thank you.

  10. 10 Ben Ruffell Jul 7th, 2009 at 11:31 pm


    You can buy the VHS copy from the Britten website. The Official DVD is currently being finalized and will be on sale before the end of the year.



  11. 11 Scott Robert Aug 9th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    What a Vision John had.

    There is a 5 part movie here

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