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Yamaha October 9, 2017 posted by

Rarity with unfortunate paint: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000A

The Yamaha GTS1000's front suspension is from an era when bike makers were getting into wild experimentation to eliminate the shortcomings of conventional two-legged forks. Bimota spat out its interpretation with the Tesi, John Britten tried with the Hossack design, and Yamaha licensed RADD, Inc.'s design.

1993 Yamaha GTS1000 for sale on eBay



Before we go any further, it has to be said that the GTS1000 is way more sport tourer than sport bike, but its rarity and innovative spirit make it worthy of a space here. Needless to say, the buying public didn't catch on to what engineers knew inherently, and bought bikes they could understand, which carried traditional front ends.

That left the GTS out in the cold, and few made it onto the streets.

The GTS you see here has, ah, been altered some from stock, and we can't say that is necessarily a good thing. To each their own, we suppose. It also has been sitting for the last decade, and will need the maintenance that comes along with that.

From the eBay listing:

ORIGINAL OWNER, 18,000 MILES. STOCK EXCEPT FOR CUSTOM PAINT IN 1997. HAS BEEN SITTING IN GARAGE SINCE 2006, SO NEEDS A NEW BATTERY AND PROBABLY FUEL LINES. STILL TURNS HEADS. INCLUDES OPTIONAL YAMAHA SADDLEBAGS. HEALTH FORCES SALE.

Though the cosmetics are polarizing, they have almost certainly lowered the cost of entry of this rare beast, and these things will certainly become more desirable the older they get. For the right price, it could be well worth snapping this one up and embracing the weird while you decide whether to take it back to stock.

Rarity with unfortunate paint: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000A
Yamaha October 7, 2014 posted by

1993 YAMAHA GTS1000

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From the book of funny front ends comes this rare 1993 Yamaha GTS1000. Born of the James Parker "RADD" design and licensed by same, Yamaha added a bit of tour to the sport package and created a very interesting bike. In some ways, it is a bike looking for a purpose. It is clearly not a sport bike. It is clearly not a touring rig. It is a big, porky beast with a single sided swingarm front suspension. Is that, then, it's purpose - to look different? By de-coupling braking and pitch moments from suspension, the swing arm front end promised greater suspension efficiency and better chassis behavior. And while the GTS1000 is a great bike - robust power and faultless handling - Yamaha took the cautious approach to what was ground-breaking technology. The fact that it worked as well as a conventional motorcycle was not enough; the GTS failed to sell and was limited to one year of production. Rarity is often a simple case of nobody being interested at the time (think factory Turbos, RE5 Rotary, etc). These bikes are getting difficult to find in decent condition, and with fewer than 9,000 miles this looks to be a great example of the breed. Not much in the way of pictures or text, but what is there looks clean. Good Luck!

1993 Yamaha GTS1000 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
1993 YAMAHA GTS1000
EXTREMELY RARE FIND! There's nothing else like it . . .
In great condition with low miles

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1993 YAMAHA GTS1000
Yamaha March 19, 2014 posted by

Strange New World: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000A

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In the late 1980s and early 1990s it seemed that everybody was trying to improve upon motorcycle front suspension design. The working theory was that as front forks have to deal with multiple different forces (suspension, braking, steering), they needed to be extra beefy to handle them all. A better way might be to isolate some of the forces, enabling a better handling, safer motorcycle. Engineer James Parker developed the RADD concept, which was adopted by Yamaha for this rare sport-tourer: the GTS1000.

1993 Yamaha GTS1000 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Right side has been down, plastics have been replaced, scratches on the frame and front swingarm

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There were many interpretations of "funny front ends" during this era, including the Bimota Tesi and the legendary ELF racers (both of which experimented with alternate takes on the swingarm front end concept). Noted designer Tony Foale created one, and Dutch master Nico Bakker marketed an example as well. But for all the benefit of isolating braking, suspension and steering forces, the concept has yet to take off commercially. All of what adds up to make this GTS a rare bird.

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This bike is far from perfect, but then we don't see many of them around. Prices are relatively cheap, and aside from the front end the rest of the bike is pretty standard Yamaha - meaning parts availability and mechanical reliability are what you would expect. Click here to check out all the pictures. Be sure and let us know what you think!

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Strange New World: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000A
Sport Bikes For Sale October 29, 2010 posted by

1993 Yamaha GTS 1000

1993 Yamaha GTS 1000

It's open for debate: What defines a sport bike? Given, this GTS1000 steps a little over the line into sport-touring country, but you cannot deny that it is unique and rare. It also looks incredibly clean and well cared for.

From the seller:
Very rare find in this Excellent condition. This GTS has New Dunlop Q2's front and rear, Corbin seat and best of all Full Ohlins Suspension! All service work is fresh with Repsol synthetics. This bike is as close to mint as gets.

With the James Parker developed front swing arm suspension, handling was purported to be excellent - especially under braking. Which brings us back to the question: What defines a sport bike? Well this one was good enough for Brian Catterson (then, Editor for American Roadracing, now Editor of Motorcyclist) to turn into a successful race bike.

Additional information on the GTS 1000 can be found courtesy of Motorcyclist magazine. You can also .

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