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Offline johnr

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2015, 05:43:42 AM »
WOW. Fantastic! Thanks John. ;-T

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2015, 06:33:22 AM »
An amazing part of motorcycling history.

I am pleased to see them returning for an event.

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2015, 07:27:10 AM »
"not a gasket in the motor"
How rare is it to have a piece of engineering that is so unique and fresh? 
What a wonderful story.  Fantastic that the bikes will be out there racing.
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Re: The Britten returns
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2015, 12:09:17 PM »
Makes me want the head south for that. I got to see it run at Daytona and man was that cool!
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2015, 12:31:18 PM »
Thanks John . Britten is another Kiwi icon  ;-T

  Dusty

Indeed..... an engineering genius taken from us way too early in his life. One can only imagine what influence he might have had on the sport.

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2015, 12:41:08 PM »
Britten Number 10 resides at the Solvang Motorcycle Museum

Britten by jdgretz, on Flickr

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2015, 01:21:37 PM »
Thanks for posting.  I saw the Britten run at Daytona when Joost was active on another Guzzi board.  Still have my Britten Racing T shirt.  I believe a cracked cylinder sleeve took them out of that race if I remember correctly.

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2015, 01:31:39 PM »
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2015, 01:32:20 PM »
Britten Number 10 resides at the Solvang Motorcycle Museum

Britten by jdgretz, on Flickr

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I've made a point of seeing this one several times. Hope it's still there.

For my money excluding missing the "spaghetti bowl" of powder blue exhaust - it is unquestionably the most beautiful motorcycle ever made... aesthetically or technologically.

Thanks for the heads-up JohnR. I'd love to hear/see these running with the odd MGS-01 and VR1000. Love those exhaust notes.

On a weider note. That Solvang piece is the center of my own private - till now - fantasy of a "Thomas Crown Affair" scenario. Pinch it and just enjoy looking at it behind a faux-wall in my study. I don't need to ride it, I'll just look at it with one of the many internet soundtracks in the background.

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2015, 05:11:33 PM »
An international court had declared that Britten had the best claim to the *Indian* name . Wonder what that would have produced ?

  Dusty

I seem to remember some talk about that. I have a suspicion that plans were afoot prior to John Brittens death.

Frankly I have no idea what has happened the the brand since Johns death. I suspect it was sold off to some conglomerate and killed.  It might have just faded away having lost it's driving force, but I would have thought it had gained too much momentum for that.
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2015, 07:57:40 AM »
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2015, 10:04:57 AM »
And he cooled engine castings in his swimming pool... "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt must have been a Kiwi.
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2015, 04:49:11 PM »
"In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The coo coo clock" (Orson Welles)

New Zealand should be well proud of the Britten  ;-T


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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2015, 03:38:40 PM »
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2015, 03:58:41 PM »
Here is Guy Martin having a crack on one.

http://www.3news.co.nz/sport/guy-martin-rides-britten-motorbike-at-manfield-2015011118#axzz3OVfzRP4v

Brilliant ! Now ... will someone translate what Guy said  ??? :D "Goes like buggery"  ;D

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2015, 04:12:16 PM »
Ron , something tells me that an Indian produced by Britten would have been a bit different .

  Dusty

I would hope so! I do like what Polaris has done; but frankly, lone genius's typically do a better job on projects like that than corporate types that have shareholders to behold to. Too bad we'll never know.
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2015, 05:55:59 PM »
Brilliant ! Now ... will someone translate what Guy said  ??? :D "Goes like buggery"  ;D

  Dusty

Means he thinks it's fast Dusty.
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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2015, 06:41:27 PM »
Means he thinks it's fast Dusty.

Hmm , thought buggery meant something else  ;D Have watched several Guy Martin videos over the years , not sure even his mates understand him  ::)

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Re: The Britten returns
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2015, 07:39:41 PM »

 


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