When you think, “Superbike,” do you think of the MTT Turbine Superbike YTK? If not, you absolutely should. The Turbine Superbike YTK is more than just a superbike by name; it’s a roaring, racing machine that’s just raring to go.
Named for the End of the World
If “Y2K” doesn’t ring any bells, you might have been born after the year 2000. “Y2K” refers to the theory that machines were all crippled with the Y2K Bug and were going to break in ways ranging from explosions to literally rising up and killing us all Terminator-style.
All of that fear in the face of certain destruction is perfectly captured in the faces of your competitors when you show up to the tracks in an MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K.
Despite only being in production from 2000 to 2005, the Y2K models established an incredible reputation both on and off the tracks, though managers would have to be insane to let them race jet-engine motorcycles without extensive liability insurance.
Designed by Rolls
Part of the reason for the widespread success of the Y2K was the fact that its engine was none other than the Rolls-Royce 250-C18 Turboshaft (a.k.a., Rolls Royce M250) engine used in everything from motorcycles to helicopters.
The version of the M250 used in production of the Y2K had perhaps the most power ever seen in any motorcycle, but it didn’t qualify for any “such and such production motorcycle” awards because it wasn’t a production motorcycle. Each Y2K was hand-crafted, like the classics of old.
Although, Guinness Book of World Records considered it a production motorcycle and handed out two awards: that for most expensive production motorcycle ever and that for most powerful production motorcycle ever.
All It Was Missing Was Wings
Only one generation of the Y2K would ever go into production, if you can even call it a generation. Each motorcycle was hand-crafted to match the custom specifications of its owners who had to get legal permission to avoid the top-speed production cap in the construction of a vehicle as fast as this.
- MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K (2001-2005)
It was often said that the only thing that the Y2K design was missing was a pair of wings. The jet engine M250 gave this 460-pound (dry) motorcycle an insane 320 horsepower at 52,000 rpm, 425 pounds-per-foot of torque, and a top speed of 250 miles per hour.
More Turbine Superbikes?
You bet! As recently as 2019, MTT’s website claimed that they were beginning production of the Race Ready 420RR, another turbine superbike, this time with 420 horsepower and a top speed of “faster than you will ever dare to go,” which likely means it hasn’t been tested yet.
Film and TV
The Y2K didn’t get around much in the film world, although it does have a couple credits. It’s most notable claim to fame is its appearance in Jay Leno’s Garage, which ran between 2006 and 2019.
Any superbike, motorcycle, or scooter (if you can imagine that) with a jet engine is destined to have a social following. Check out this Facebook page, which has over 2,400 likes.
MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K – an Exercise in Speed
If you’re ever lucky enough to ride a Y2K, just make sure that you have life insurance. Only professional racers and testers have what it takes to survive the ride on one of these monsters. But even if you’re just watching, the speed inside these machines is a sight to behold!