MTT Turbine Superbike

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MTT Turbine Superbike
MTT Streetfighter Turbine - Flickr - Supermac1961.jpg
Manufacturer Marine Turbine Technologies
Also called Y2K Superbike
Production 2000 - 2005
Class Sport bike
Engine Rolls-Royce 250-C18 turboshaft
Top speed 200mph +
Power 320 shp (239 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 298 lb·ft (404 N·m) @ 6,000 rpm
Transmission 2-speed semi-automatic
Suspension mono shock adjustable, oleopneumatic, Öhlins
Brakes 320 mm discs, 4-piston Brembo calipers
Rake, trail 27 degrees
Wheelbase 68 in (1,727 mm)
Dimensions L: 2450mm
Seat height 840mm
Weight 500 lb (230 kg) (dry)
Fuel capacity 34 l (7.5 imp gal; 9.0 US gal) (diesel, kerosene, or Jet A)

The MTT Turbine Superbike, also known as the Y2K Turbine Superbike, is a wheel-driven motorcycle powered by a turboshaft engine. When MTT president Ted Mclntyre decided to add a motorcycle to his firm's range, he appointed Christian Travert, a former bike racer and custom builder, to head the project. The machine is powered by a Rolls-Royce-Allison Model 250 gas turbine producing 320 shp (240 kW) at 6,000 rpm.[1] Unlike some earlier jet-powered motorcycles, where a massive jet engine provided thrust to push the motorcycle, the turboshaft engine on this model drives the rear wheel via a two-speed gearbox and chain and sprocket.

Rear view showing the wide rear tire and large bore exhaust

The engines used in the motorcycles are second-hand, having reached the FAA-mandated running time limit, after which they have to be rebuilt, regardless of condition. To get around the problem of procuring the kerosene usually used in turbine engines, the engine is also able to use diesel, or jet fuel.

In 2008, MTT promised to release a more powerful "Streetfighter," another turbine bike with a more powerful 420 hp (310 kW)from the Allison 250-20b engine, but it was never released and the orange bike only featured the standard C18 (320shp) shaft turbine. Due to the converted 3 speed Toyota gearbox and right angle bevel drive, the power loss was quite high and the bike only made around 270hp at the rear wheel. The bike has never achieved a speed even close to 250mph and many people feel it is impossible due to not making enough horsepower to achieve such a terminal speed.

Reaction[edit]

Greatest Ever: Motorcycles, a television program by Discovery Channel, ranked the Turbine Superbike the fourth greatest motorcycle, stating that it held a Guinness World Record for the world's fastest production motorcycle, and that it was also the most expensive. Paul Garson praised its audacity, while Jay Leno, who had owned a Turbine Superbike for almost four years at the time of the broadcast, said of it: "It really does scare you half to death, but it's great fun." [2]

However, in the same program, author and former Classic Bike editor Hugo Wilson said the Turbine Superbike had "as much relevance to motorcycling as a fish." Racer and author Mat Oxley went further, calling the Turbine Superbike "an exercise in technological masturbation." Leno introduced the Turbine Superbike as "really a stupid motorcycle." [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PDF brochure of the MTT Turbine SUPERBIKE
  2. ^ a b Greatest Ever: Motorcycles (Television production). Discovery Channel. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 

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