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T58 Powered Jet Bike

It's little more than a stripped down T58-GE-8F gas turbine helicopter engine mounted on two wheels.

Gas Turbine Powered Bike

Using only thrust this bike has reached speeds in excess of 225 mph in the quarter mile.

The long lower tanks each hold five gallons of diesel fuel for the flame thrower and afterburner. The short silver 'tanks' (mounted up by the vertical fin) each hold a parachute to aid in slowing down after high-speed runs.

Gas Turbine Powered Bike
Jet Powered Motorcycle

Double disk brakes all around provide plenty of stopping power.

Originally designed and fabricated by Tim Arfons, this Jet Bike is well balanced and very stable at high speeds.

Jet Powered Motorcycle
Gas Turbine Powered Bike

This is one of the spare motors out of Jet Bike.

It's being installed in another 'jet powered' project.

Gas Turbine Powered Bike

We have T-58 & Rolls Royce Gnome gas turbines available to power your project.
We also have starters, manuals, instruments, and gearboxes for T-58 and Gnome gas turbine engines.

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Aircraft Instruments

A simple cluster of aircraft instruments is monitored during starts.

The T-58 gas turbine uses a hydraulic actuator to control the Inlet Guide Vanes matching airflow to power load.

T-58 Helicopter Engine
T58 gas turbine powered motorcycle

Stainless steel braided aircraft lines safely route fuel, lube oil, and pneumatic pressure.

A metal intake screen helps protect the turbine from indigestion of foreign objects.

T-58 Jet Bike

In addition to the T-58, the Rolls Royce Gnome gas turbine engine can also be converted to thrust.

Gnome Turbo-shaft engine


Firing up the Jet Bike

The following series of photographs details the T-58 'start sequence' (which is common to most gas turbine engines).

Helicopter Jet Engine

Preparing for a start; the side covers are removed for inspection. We ensure there are no fuel or oil leaks, and no loose parts or FOD.

The starting batteries are located on the 'start cart' which connects on the left side through an aircraft power plug.

Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine
T58 gas turbine powered motorcycle

When the starter solenoid is engaged, the turbine begins to 'wind up'.

Oil Pressure is monitored first.

T-58 Jet Bike
T58 gas turbine powered motorcycle

As RPM approaches 20%, the igniters are turned on.

At 20% RPM, fuel is turned on and the gas turbine 'lights off'.

T-58 Jet Bike

Immediately after 'light off' the Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) rises and RPM starts to climb.

We have T-58 & Rolls Royce Gnome gas turbines available to power your project.
We also have starters, manuals, instruments, and gearboxes for T-58 and Gnome gas turbine engines.

T58 gas turbine powered motorcycle

A 'puff of smoke' is a sure sign of 'light off'.

The starter is disengaged at around 40% RPM and the gas turbine is now running on it's own.

T-58 Jet Bike
T58 gas turbine powered motorcycle

It is critical that EGT stays within limits.

The brakes are locked to keep the bike from rolling as more power is applied.

T-58 Jet Bike
T58 gas turbine powered motorcycle

This engine test was conducted after routine maintenance to ensure all systems are operating well within acceptable limits.

Jet Bike cools off after a successful test run.

T-58 Jet Bike


Jet Bike has been entertaining crowds for many years

Jet engine Bike

Here's an old photo of Jet Bike with different colors.

Jet Bike has gone through a few changes over the years.

Gas Turbine powered motorcycle


We have Gas Turbine thrust engines available
so you can build your own Jet Bike or Quad

You can contact me by e-mail.

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