Feckin’ hell it goes dunnit?!
Truck mechanic, road racer, TV presenter and all-round engineering obsessive Guy Martin recently got a chance to fulfill one of his ultimate dreams, riding the legendary Britten V1000 at the Manfeild race track in New Zealand.
The likeable Lincolnshire rider, who has scored podiums at the Isle of Man TT, seemed pretty impressed with the bike:
It’s more settled than a modern bike. Driving out of a corner it just goes, you’ve got less transition from braking to driving. You’re getting bits but it’s not massive. Such an alien feeling, such a strange feeling. Mate that is mega.
Great, but why is this bike so special?
Kiwi mechanical engineer John Britten designed and built the Britten V1000 in the early nineties, utilising lightweight materials (carbon fibre bodywork, wheels, swing arm and suspension forks) and a V-twin engine which he designed and built himself.
Unlike most motorcycles, the V1000 doesn’t have a frame, instead the engine is used a stressed member. Sound familiar? That’s because Ducati use the same principle for the Panigale range of sportsbikes.
The bikes went on to set numeroues records, including the fastest top speed at the Isle of Man TT in 1993 and various standing start speed records.
Only ten of the bikes were ever built, and most now sit in museums or private collections around the globe.