Better Find A Runway Because This Jet-Powered Bicycle Is Taking Off
Colin Furze is known for his extreme mechanical genius – some would argue insanity – in creating high-powered, high-velocity motorcycles, mopeds, and even flamethrowers. Here Furze takes his insanity to a new level with a jet powered bicycle. Better strap in, because this looks like it will be one heck of a ride! Furze shows off his jet powered monstrosity made from a vintage bicycle and homemade jet engine.
But what about actual “safe to ride” jet-powered motorcycles? They have to exist, right? Well, let’s look at a few that have hit the market and we’ll share our opinions on them. Colin Furze is definitely creative, but he got his design for his jet-powered motorcycle from the original Harley Davidson jet engine version.
Harley Davidson, however, got its inspiration from the 1929 Broad Track Racer. Powered by two jet engines slapped on either side, the only real place this motorcycle is at home is at an abandoned air strip. Now, a vintage model can be purchased for as little as $25,000 – making it a steal in comparison to most other gas turbine models. (more…)
PROS: At the price-point, the Harley Davidson jet engine motorcycle is perhaps the most affordable, bare-boned turbine-powered motorcycle on the market. It’s largely a recreati
PROS: At the price-point, the Harley Davidson jet engine motorcycle is perhaps the most affordable, bare-boned turbine-powered motorcycle on the market. It’s largely a recreation, which means it probably has updated alloys for structural integrity – important for jet-powered speeds.
CONS: While classic, the Harley Davidson jet engine motorcycle just looks rickety.
Recommendation: For $25,000, you could arguably engineer and weld your own high-grade Colin Furze jet-mobile. Equally as safe and reliable and you have the comfort of knowing you made it.
Flamethrowing Jet Powered Suzuki Hyabusa
Around 2012, a couple custom companies came out with their own version of the Suzuki Hyabusa. The twist? These Hyabusas took sourced parts from old F-14 jet fighter turbines. With an estimated torque of 300 lb-ft, there’s no doubt that the Suzuki Hyabusa is one of the world’s only street legal motorcycles with that much force behind it.
“Anybody who can ride a scooter can ride this,” said Tony Pandolfo to Car Scoops. “It is an automatic and handles exceptionally well. It is just like a Hayabusa except it sounds like an F14 fighter jet charging down the runway. It is like a jet at lower speeds but as it picks up it sounds more like a traveling missile.”
Tony manufactured custom Suzuki Hyabusas from his home base in Orlando, Florida. The turbine fueled monsters weigh in at an MSRP of around $60,000 – so it’s definitely a commitment to speed and sound. Let’s just hope nobody pulls behind you at a red light.
PROS: The most accessible of all jet-powered motorcycles, the modified turbine-engine Suzuki Hyabusa actually fits all the bills for commercial production and design. It looks sleek, it drives like a dream, and it’s able to get to subsonic speeds – what’s more to want in a turbine-powered bike?
CONS: Custom order, custom design, and custom price. If you have the money to drop on a turbine-powered motorcycle, none of these problems are problems.
The Rolls Royce Madmax MTT Y2K Turbine Superbike
Have you ever wondered what a Rolls Royce Allison Model 250-C18 gas turbine engine would sound and feel like inside a motorcycle? For those who may be unfamiliar, the Rolls Royce Allison Model 250-C18 gas turbine is what powers some high-end jet turbine helicopters. Designed to produce up to 320 shp at 52,000 rpm, all of that massive force is placed into the turboshaft to produce thrust for the MTT Y2K Turbine Superbike.
It made its initial debut in the 2006 Las Vegas SEMA show with a more powerful 420 hp Allison 250-C20B engine. Make no mistake – the MTT Y2K Turbine Superbikes are racing models and may make for a very interesting weekend ride on long, windy roads. As such, they’re made custom to order.
Jay Leno owns one of these MTT Y2K Turbine Superbikes and he said famously, “I’ve got to go with the Y2K Jet Bike as one of the all time sexiest. It’s the most fun because it’s a bike… and it’s a jet, and because it’s the best motorcycle ever for shutting up the Harley guys.”
Recent redesigns of the MTT Y2K Superbike have put a Dyne Jet 200 engine in place of the Rolls-Royce Allison Model. The power train has 320 HP and over 425 lb-ft of torque – making it arguably more formidable than many lightweight pick-up trucks.
PROS: The newer models are completely customizable with all sorts of colors, textures, and designs. Heads will definitely be whipping around when they see your MTT Y2K Superbike race on by.
CONS: The newer MTT Y2K Turbine Superbikes also probably lack the elegance and performance reliability of the Rolls Royce Allison engines. Dyne Jet 200s are great but the upkeep is a thing all to itself.
Between the MTT Y2K Superbike and the Turbine-powered Suzuki Hyabusa, the Suzuki Hyabusa definitely takes the cake in terms of cost-efficiency but the MTT Y2K Superbike appears to be the clear winner in performance, reliability, and “wow” factor.