When we heard that we were getting a motorcycle powered by a helicopter engine coming to the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa, we were more than a little curious.
Visions of a modified Harley Davidson sprouting rotor blades soon gave way to reality as we started to research this marvellous machine.
The MTT Y2K Turbine Motorcycle, commonly referred to as “Superbike” was originally powered by a Rolls-Royce-Allison Model 250-C18 gas turbine producing a claimed 320bhp (240kW) at 52,000 rpm. This engine was normally reserved for use in helicopters.
The manufacturers reportedly guarantee that the bike will do at least 250mph. (That translates to an incredible 400 kilometres per hour!) Presumably you can get your money back if it doesn’t go that fast. Whether or not the rider is brave enough is another matter!
Unlike some turbojet-powered motorcycles which relied on jet propulsion for thrust, the Y2K Superbike's turboshaft engine drives the rear wheel via a two-speed automatic gearbox and chain and sprocket.
The MTT Turbine Superbike does not require jet fuel to operate. MTT has fuelled the Y2K with diesel, kerosene and Bio-Fuel.
Current turbines used in the Y2K motorcycles are second-hand, having reached the original manufacturer's mandated running time limit, after which they must be rebuilt regardless of condition. MTT refurbishes the engines and extends a long term warranty with the purchase of every bike. They now develop around 420bhp.
It is understood that the Y2K held a Guinness World Record for the world's fastest production motorcycle, and that it was also the most expensive.
One of many news items about this incredible machine reported that whilst waiting at a set of traffic lights, a Y2K’s exhaust actually melted the front bumper of the car behind!
John Gee, the owner and manager of “Antique Motorcycles” in Cheltenham is the proud owner of the machine which will be on display at our event.
The bike shown in this picture the one which will be on display at Euroa Show and Shine on October 1st.