Britten V1000

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Britten V1000
Britten V1000.jpg
Manufacturer Britten Motorcycle Company
Also called The Britten
Production 1991-1998
Predecessor Aero-D-One
Engine Water-cooled 999 cc 60 deg V-Twin quad cam 4-stroke
Top speed 303 km/h (188 mph)
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh / opt 6-speed
Brakes Front: Dual 320 mm (12.6in) cast-iron discs, Rear: 210 mm (8.3in) disc
Wheelbase 1420 mm
Weight 138 kg (303.6 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity 24 l (5.3 imp gal; 6.3 US gal)[1]
The No.7 Britten V1000 at Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum in Alabama, USA

The Britten V1000 is a handbuilt race motorcycle designed and built by John Britten and a group of friends in Christchurch, New Zealand during the early 1990s. The bike went on to win the Battle of the Twins in Daytona, USA and set a number of world speed records.

The bike was designed from first principles and hosts a number of innovations including extensive use of carbon fibre, the radiator located under the seat, double wishbone front suspension, frameless chassis and engine data logging.

A total of 10 Britten V1000s were produced by the Britten Motorcycle Company and now exist in collections and museums around the world.

Renowned motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart said of the bike:

"It’s an easy bike to ride, in the sense it’s got a very wide power delivery, but to really get top performance, you have to ride it like a grand prix bike."

And having ridden all the superbike contenders in the world today, I can say that the Britten is the closest to a grand prix bike. It’s incredibly ironic that instead of Europe or Japan, the most sophisticated and technically advanced motorcycle in the world comes from New Zealand,’[2]

Specifications[edit]

  • Wheelbase 1420 mm
  • Weight 138 kg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 24 litres
  • 166 HP @ 11,800 rpm
  • Maximum safe engine speed 12,500 rpm
  • Maximum speed 303 km/h

Engine[edit]

  • Water-cooled 999 cc 60 deg V-Twin quad-cam 4-stroke
  • 4 valves per cylinder, belt driven
  • Compression ratio 11.3 : 1
  • Bore x stroke 98.9 mm x 65 mm
  • Piston, flat-top slipper
  • Titanium conrods with oil feed to little end
  • Titanium valves Inlet Ø40 mm Exhaust Ø33 mm
  • Wet cast-iron cylinder sleeves / opt silicon carbide–coated alloy sleeves
  • Composite head gaskets
  • Back torque dry clutch
  • Wet sump. Oil feeds to bigends, gudgon, camshaft lobes & gearbox shafts
  • Programmable engine management computer with history facility
  • Fuel injection - sequential, 2 injectors per cylinder

Transmission[edit]

  • Gearbox, 5-speed constant mesh / opt 6-speed
  • Primary ratio 1.97
  • Gear ratios 1st 2.5, 2nd 1.77, 3rd 1.38, 4th 1.125, 5th 0.961

Chassis[edit]

  • Fully stressed engine with ducted under-seat radiator. Top chassis, girder & swing arm all constructed in carbon/kevlar composites
  • Front Suspension: double wishbones, Hossack suspension.
  • Rear Suspension: swing arm with adjustable three-bar linkage
  • Shock Absorbers: Öhlins
  • Rake: adjustable
  • Trail: adjustable
  • Front Wheel: 3.5" x 17" in-house carbon composite
  • Rear Wheel: 6.0" x 17" in-house carbon composite
  • Front Brakes: Twin 320 mm cast-iron rotors with opposed 4-piston Brembo callipers
  • Rear Brakes: 210 mm rotor with opposed-piston Brembo calliper [3]

Racing Achievements[edit]

1991[edit]

  • 2nd and 3rd Battle of the Twins, Daytona, USA

1992[edit]

1993[edit]

  • Fastest Top Speed at the Isle of Man TT
  • 1st (BEARS) 2nd (Formula 1) Australian TT Bathurst
  • 3rd Battle of the Twins, Assen, Holland
  • NZ Grand Prix title
  • World flying mile record (1000 cc and under)
    • 188.092 mph (Rider Jon White)[4]
  • World standing start 14-mile (400 m) record (1000 cc and under)
  • World standing start mile record (1000 cc and under)
  • World standing start kilometre record (1000 cc and under)

1994[edit]

  • 1st Battle of the Twins, Daytona, USA
  • 1st and 2nd New Zealand National Superbike Championship [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Motorcycle Classics - 1993 Britten V1000
  2. ^ Faster and Faster: Britten V1000: The greatest motorcycle ever built
  3. ^ Britten Motorcycle Company - information - technical info
  4. ^ Motorcycle News, (UK weekly newspaper) 22 December 1993, p.4 Britten sets new flying mile record. "New Zealander John Britten, creator of the V1000, lent rider Jon White the race bike he took to Isle of Man TT in June after White had twice crashed his Britten-powered streamliner" [img]. Accessed and added 28 September 2014
  5. ^ One Man's Dream - The Britten Bike Story (video), 1995, Ruffell Films