Because MTT’s original Y2K turbine motorcycle wasn’t fast enough, the kids down there on the bayou in Franklin, Louisiana are at it again. The original bike was powered by a Rolls-Royce Allison gas turbine (think Vietnam-era Huey helicopter) and was clocked at 227 mph. I don’t know how fast I went on the original on an airport runway down there, but it was fast enough to make me close the throttle well before I needed to, since the thing seemed to accelerate harder the faster it went. That’s kind of the nature of a turbine.

Since they called it Y2K, my ride must’ve been circa 2001. I don’t have a copy of the story I wrote for Motorcyclist, but the three or four days I spent in New Orleans with photographer Tom Riles on assignment is another prime example of the glory of BI (Before Internet) hedonistic journalism. After riding the Y2K for a couple of days, I needed the convenient drive-thru daiquiri bars… and all those amazing N’Awlins meals.

MTT got its start putting those turbines in boats, usually in pairs, and they had lots of magazine covers in the office to offer proof of concept: large vessels scooting across the waves putting out tremendous rooster tails of water. They also took us for an excellent, also terrifying ride through the bayou in a turbine-powered airboat. Work offered some great vacations in those days.

Anyway, where was I? MTT is building a new version, the 420 RR (Race Ready), with an uprated R-R Allison turbine producing 420 HP @ 52,000-rpm, but more notable for its 500 ft/lbs torque @ 2,000-rpm. You’ll be glad for the long, 68-inch wheelbase anytime the turbine begins spinning up in earnest, as that’s enough power to get things accelerating briskly.

If that sounds like too much, fear not. They’re also building a trike version.

Learn more at marineturbine.com/motorcycles

 

  • 12er

    The bumper melter…

    • john burns

      a clear case of Jay bending the truth for a laugh. As you can clearly see, the exhaust exits out the side. Try to keep your foot away from there..

      • therr850

        Is Jay bending the truth? The jet planes I’ve been around have a speedup and slow down lag.

  • allworld

    No mention of the braking system………….

    • Alexander Pityuk

      It’s easy. FLAPS FULL – ENGAGE!

  • V8-Snail

    Anybody ask for quotes yet?

  • SRMark

    I can see a raccoon crawling in that exhaust. To the moon Alice…

  • GreggJ

    Heated grips?
    Cruise control?
    Multiple USB outlets?
    Otherwise I’m not buying 😉

  • TheMarvelous1310

    Trike?!

    They got my email!…

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Burns, what are you trying to do? Kill us? As if 200 hp and 100 ft/lbs of torque wasn’t enough. Instead of track days, people will be trying to reserve runway time. Just put some wings on it and take off.

  • HeDidn’tWeDid

    I don’t need Hot Springs Village, Arkansas retirees on 420 H.P. trikes. They are dangerous enough on their Goldwing/Harley trikes. But, if this gets them over the speed limit….cool.

  • Bmwclay

    Do they make a cruiser?

    • Alexander Pityuk

      A cruiser can’t rev higher than 4K rpm. Everybody knows that.

  • Polly Molly Moo

    I deplore the lack of hard luggage options

  • Alexander Pityuk

    Interestingly enough, the motorcycle (is it?) weights just 500 pounds (probably dry).
    And runs on diesel or kerosene! How cool is that?

  • Alexander Pityuk

    I guess it’s not a good idea to start this thing in your garage…
    Also creators say that “it comes with 250 mph guarantee or money back. No refunds yet”. This company doesn’t count too much on after-sale servicing…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6f6cd78fdcafa77f1bf85cbcfbd7d4870e7ef859e8c47cdf434716e28dcfea3.png

  • Phillip Lanza

    A small correction. John Burns refers to the Allison turbine engine in connection with the Vietnam-era Huey helicopter. Most UH-1s were, in fact, powered by turbine engines sourced from Lycoming, while the Allison, then a subsidiary of GM’s Detroit Diesel division, powered the Army’s Bell 206 Kiowa (civilian model known as the Jet Ranger).

  • MrOrangeVest

    500ft/lbs @ 2k? The Y2K idle speed was in the 20k realm.