MTT Turbine Superbike,often styled SUPERBIKE, also known as Y2K Turbine SUPERBIKE, is the world's second wheel-driven motorcycle powered by a turbine engine, created by Ted McIntyre of Marine Turbine Technologies Inc.
Reports of the MTT Turbine SUPERBIKE appeared as early as 1999 in a May issue of Cafe Racer magazine, but the production model was introduced in 2000.Powered by a Rolls-Royce-Allison Model 250 turboshaft engine, producing 238 kW (320 hp), the motorcycle has a recorded top speed of 227 mph (370 km/h), with a price tag of US$150,000 (US$185,000 in 2004). It is recognized by Guinness World Records as the "Most powerful production motorcycle" and the "Most expensive production motorcycle." 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. Riding the motorcycle is said to be somewhat tricky due to the inherent throttle lag in the engine, acceleration when letting off the throttle, and extreme length.
The engines used in the motorcycles are second-hand, having reached the FAA running time limit, after which they have to be rebuilt, regardless of condition. MTT can buy these engines for a much lower price than new engines and use them on surface vehicles without requiring FAA approval. To get around the problem of procuring the kerosene usually used in turbine engines, the engine of the bike is also able to use Diesel fuel, or even Jet A fuel.In addition to the engine, there are other innovations incorporated into this bike, such as radar detector with laser scrambler, rear-mounted camera with LCD display, and an optional passenger seat.Unlike other contemporary motorcycles (such as the Hayabusa), the 2001 and later models of the MTT Turbine SUPERBIKE do not have the 300 km/h speed limiting governors self-imposed by Japanese manufacturers.
In 2008, MTT released the "Streetfighter," another jet-bike with a more powerful 420-horsepower (310 kW) engine.
After developing the first turbine-powered outboard sanctioned by the US military and the RetroROCKET™, MTT produced not only the first turbine-powered street legal motorcycle, but also the most powerful production bike in the world: the MTT Turbine SUPERBIKE™.Powered by a Rolls Royce-Allison gas turbine engine, the Turbine SUPERBIKE™ has demonstrated over 320-hp and 425-ft/lbs of torque on the Dyne Jet 200 and has been clocked at a record breaking 227-mph.MTT's latest model, the MTT Turbine STREETFIGHTER™, has all the standard features of the Turbine SUPERBIKE™ yet with a larger swingarm, Pirelli® Diablo 240 rear tire, increased fuel capacity, and enhanced cooling system. The Turbine STREETFIGHTER™ comes equipped with a 320-hp Rolls Royce-Allison turbine with the option to upgrade to a 420-hp turbine with approximately 500-ft/lbs of torque.