The Precursor

The Precursor was the first bike that John Britten and his talented team built completely from scratch. 

  • With a V-twin and water-cooled engine, The Precursor was the bike that took Kiwi engineer John Britten to the next level on the world stage
  • How? When, at the 1991 Daytona race, it finished second only to a factory Ducati bike – that’s right, a bike made by one of the biggest manufacturers in the world
  • This achievement was no small feat for a group of young Kiwis dabbling in motorbike engineering in their spare time.


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