CR&S”, the acronym that stands for Café racers &
Superbikes is a motorcycle company founded by Roberto Crepaldi in 1992. He
opened a shop in Milan in order to make the bikes from the '60s-'70s known. In
1993, Crepaldi and John Britten had a collaboration and the first CR&S bike
John Britten was born on August 1950 and as a child he
liked the engines, building go-karts. At the age of thirteen, he managed to show
his talent restoring an Indian Scout motorcycle. After finishing school and
traveling through Europe, Britten returned to New Zealand and went into
business, designing glass lighting.
In 1985, John Britten designed the first bike, featuring a Ducati engine and he
called it AERO-D-ZERO. On the track, in 1987, it reached a top speed of 234 kph.
In 1988 and 1990, the bike won some speed trials due to those 242 kph and 247
kph respectively. At the age of 32, John had been working to a motorcycle design
for almost two years and that was the reason why he set up th Britten Motorcycle
Company in 1992.
The CR&S Britten V1000, as it was named, had a few
successful runs in motorsports competition around the world, with Nangi Dones,
Andrew Stroud, Stephen Briggs or Mark Farmer riding. In 1998, after some years
when the CR&S got a lot of victories on the track, Crepaldi thought it was time
for a Britten single cylinder project to be studied and manufactured.
After John Britten died, in 1995, the CR&S team stopped competing in racing and
they developed a single-cylinder road bike with the help of Raceco. The bike was
supposed to be manufactured and released for the motorcycle addicted. In 2004,
Roberto Pattoni became partner and technical director in CR&S and in September
of the same year the CR&S Vun was introduced.
2006 was full of events for the company. It brought two racing prototypes of the
CR&S Vun, which had a real show at Ducati Speed Week, in Hungary. In the same
year, a few units of this beast were delivered in Italy, USA and Germany. Seven
more of the racing version were presented at the end of the year at Milan Show.
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