A common question that begins many conversations in the motorcycle-world is, “How much horsepower does your bike have?” A shockingly uncommon response would be, “About 5,000 hp.” That is a response that at least one person can use, because there is a bike that actually puts out that much horsepower!
Australia’s Mad Ron Laycock is the owner of the jet-cycle that boasts this much power. It has a 1968 Rolls Royce Viper turbojet aircraft jet engine, which was most likely taken from a Macchi Jet or Jet Provost, that puts outs the 3,800 hp. The afterburner adds in an extra 1,200 hp on demand.
For you gearheads, here are some of the jet-bikes specifications:
-Airflow – 32,000 CFM
-Pressure ratio – 4.3:1
-Compressor – 7 stage axial flow
-Engine Weight – 640 lbs (290 kgs)
-Rear end – hub twin-discs (no chains or sprockets)
-Frame – Custom made by Mad from schedule 80 tubing
-Front end – Yamaha FJ 1200
-Wheelbase – 3.4 meters
Although this sounds way over-the-top, it is also pretty awesome. Let us know what you think on social media.