Naming a motorcycle after a famous programming bug is a bold move. Nevertheless, Marine Turbine Technologies implemented the aforementioned marketing tactic in 2000 when they made the world’s most expensive motorcycle. Read on to find out more information about this super fast sports bike.
What is the Y2K Motorcycle?
As we mentioned above, the Turbine Superbike Y2K, also known as the Y2K Motorcycle, is named after a date formatting bug. In case you are not familiar, the glitch in question was set to occur as computer clocks switched from 1999 to 2000. After the event was resolved by proactive programmers, Marine Turbine Technologies, or MTT, decided to utilize the glitch title to market a made-to-order motorcycle in 2000.
Why Used Y2K Sports Bikes Are Still Popular
The original asking price for the Turbine Superbike Y2K was $185,000. To earn this six figure price tag MTT equipped the Y2K Motorcycle with the following.
- Supremely lightweight parts reduce the motorcycle weight down to 500 lbs
- Computerized ignition
- Rear-mounted LCD camera
- Fully adjustable mono shock rear suspension from Öhlins
- Brembo disc brakes
- Automatic transmission
- Lifetime engine warranty
To touch on that last point, the Turbine Superbike Y2K features an Allison 250-C20 gas turbine engine. This Rolls Royce developed motor was ahead of its time in terms of longevity, quality, and power. Matter of fact, the Allison 250-C20 can still be found in powersports machines and helicopters to this day.
Taking this into consideration, it should come as no surprise the Turbine Superbike Y2K is capable of generating the impressive stats listed hereafter.
- 320 HP
- 425 ft/lb of torque
- Top speed of 275 mph
- Can run on diesel or anything combustible
By the way, that last bullet point is no joke. According to Ted McIntyre II, CEO of MTT, the gas turbine engine is so versatile “It’ll run on good tequila.”
To ensure the impressive power output of the Allison 250-C20 was properly harnessed, MTT developed a streamlined motorcycle frame around the motor, and added on other high-quality, speed enhancing parts. For example, the Y2K Motorcycle has a 9.5 inch wide, 17 inch tall, carbon fiber rear tire which generates a lot of traction in a short amount of time.
Thanks to these high-quality components, the sports bike garnered an astronomical price. In turn, the MSRP earned the Turbine Superbike Y2K the Guinness World record for most expensive motorcycle in production.
How to Buy a Y2K Motorcycle
Buying a cheap used Harley Davidson is way easier to achieve than procuring a Turbine Superbike Y2K. This phenomenon occurs for two very unique reasons. First, the astronomical price tag of the first turbine powered street legal motorcycle has not decreased much in the last two decades.
Second, the Y2K was made-to-order. As motorcycle fans may know, when a motorcyclist is offered extended customization freedom the rendered object tends to be associated with strong, emotional ties, which are hard to sever.
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