You could think of him as New Zealand’s Erik Buell, but they are different types of geniuses. Different, but similar. John Britten died too young at the age of 45 after a battle with cancer, but not before designing, and building by hand, one of the most incredible motorcycles ever, the Britten V1000.
The V1000 not only won at Daytona against Ducatis, it won races around the world. Typically, it obliterated the competition, because there was no competition. The bike was in a class of its own. In some ways, the Britten V1000 will always be a bike within a class of one.
I saw reference to the video biography below, started watching it, and couldn’t stop. It is long (three 15 minute segments), but it is fascinating and incredibly inspiring. Definitely worth your time.