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I ran across a YOUTUBE video about a jet-powered motorcycle. It’s the Y2K super bike.

This thing has the Rolls Royce-Allison gas turbine engine out of a Bell Ranger helicopter, producing more than 320 horsepower. It’s a production bike made by the south Louisiana company MTT. One proud Y2K owner is Jay Leno of Tonight show fame. Anybody with $182,000 can join Jay for a jet-powered romp. The Y2K is fully street legal, and makers claim that at 250 miles-per-hour this is the worlds fastest production bike. Well, maybe.
While you’d get to the grocery store pretty quick at 250 mph, you’d still be second in line if your neighbor was going to the same store on a Dodge Tomahawk.

The Tomahawk doesn’t have a jet engine. It uses good old-fashioned pistons. Ten of them in a Dodge V-10 viper engine producing 500 horsepower. The Tomahawk was first built as a concept bike. The claim to be a production bike is because they were reportedly available for sale though Nieman Marcus at the bargin price of $555,000.
It’s true the Y2K would get off the line a little faster with it’s 0-60 time of 2.2 seconds, beating the Tomahawk’s 2.6 second specs. But the Tomahawk would quickly make up the ground, passing the 250 mph Y2K at a relative speed of 50 mph as it hit its 300 mph top speed.
The Y2K is street legal, while the Tomahawk is not. But that really shouldn’t be much of a problem. If you’re ripping up the road on a Tomahawk and notice blue light flashing behind you, just go to second gear.
Tomahawk or Y2k? Either way, I doubt the ice cream will melt before you get home.

— Guy Wheatley

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