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Featured Listing September 9, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1994 Yamaha GTS1000

From the seller: There are places on the bike that look like scrapes or scratches that are simply reflections or glare but I couldn’t find a way to shoot in sunlight without them and the bike just looked dull shooting when overcast.

Update 9.14.2022: New start up video added!

Update 9.9.2022: Relisted on eBay or skip the link and buy directly from Don for $5,000! Contact Don with your interest: Don@dynamicperf.com

Today RSBFS reader Don brings us the perfect mix of a rare & exotic collectible that you can ride every day. Ahead of its time in concept, executed with all the precision that you would expect from one of the Japanese Big Four, and – as far as exotics go – completely useable, the Yamaha GTS turns heads in a way that few bikes can. But this is not just a show pony; the GTS has the power, braking and handling to back up those unconventional looks.

1994 Yamaha GTS1000 for sale on eBay

Since the dawn of motorcycling, engineers have struggled with the front suspension. This is because the front end of a motorcycle is complicated; there are many jobs to do. The front end needs to be suspended in order to make the ride more comfortable, it needs to combat weight transfer as much as possible (both in dive during braking as well as extension during hard acceleration), it needs to handle side loads due to cornering forces, and it needs to steer. We all know that the most popular solution for this is the telescopic fork. But there are other, ingenious methods that result in real benefit. Enter the RADD-Parker design, utilizing a swingarm that you might find on the back of a motorcycle, and introduces a hub-centered steering arrangement. This approach separates many of the forces and handles those components individually: steering is not affected by suspension compression or side loads, weight transfer can be optimized by pivot location, and most importantly the braking forces can greatly minimize (or even eliminate) front end dive while on the binders.

From the seller:
Yamaha GTS 1000 with rebuildable Ohlins shocks with piggyback reservoirs replacing the outdated and ugly originals (a pair of these is $3000 new)This bike is the ONLY production bike ever built with HUB CENTER STEERING and has other unique features including 5 valve cylinder headS & Yamaha’s Omega chassis. It’s also one of the earliest bikes with EFI and ABS.BIKE magazine declared the 1994 Yamaha GTS 1000 the COOLEST OF RARE MOTORCYCLES. ‘Scarce, stylish, yet capable and completely usable, that’s cool in our book. The bike was only sold in the US in 1993 and 1994 and only 400 were sold. This one is in very good condition especially for a 28 year old bike. All original other than the shocks. Runs great, starts instantly, recently tuned at the dealer who also installed a new battery & fuel pump. There are some very minor chips on the right mirror stalk & along the bezel that runs down the center of the fuel tank as shown in photos. The brake master cylinder on one side shows some oxidation which is shown in a photo.

Price: $6,999 or best offer – on eBay

The GTS is powered by the redoubtable FZR1000 Genesis mill. This provides abundant power and legendary reliability. The rest of the bike is all sport touring goodness. This is something comfortable enough to make you want to put miles on it – and it will gladly gobble up those miles. And when the going gets twisty, the Omega chassis and unique suspension arrangement does much to minimize the size and weight of the machine. It is a stable platform and a very willing dance partner through the apexes. Braking is rock solid, thanks to the RADD-Parker front end and six-piston caliper clamping on a centrally mounted disk. The GTS also offered cutting edge advancements such as computerized fuel injection and anti-lock brakes (ABS). And as exotic as the GTS looks, parts are readily available for it due to the use of popular components.

The Yamaha GTS is legitimately rare. Commercially speaking, this was the rock star of the swingarm front end set. But compared to other Yamaha models, the GTS was simply too expensive and too different to win over new owners. The buying public was not certain that they wanted a better mousetrap. The US saw this bike only briefly, although the model did survive in some geographies from 1994-1999. Even so, the longevity was likely more about shifting the leftover units than full new production over those years. Don has done well to represent the model as well as this particular bike. If you are looking for something worth hanging on to, something not just different but better, consider this 1994 Yamaha GTS 1000. This is a worthy exotic that will take you places in comfort and style. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1994 Yamaha GTS1000
Aprilia May 25, 2022 posted by

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary

Here’s all the available Featured Listings from our readers in the last week of May 2022! -dc


Yamaha GTS1000 for sale

Mike has dropped the price of his GTS1000 listing to $6,750 CAD which is roughly $5,279 today.


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RSBFS Featured Listing Summary
Yamaha December 10, 2020 posted by

Front Loaded: 1994 Yamaha GTS1000

While not particularly sport bike-like and definitely less rare than many unicorns posted on this site, the RSBFS staff nonetheless flocks to the unique – if not a bit porky – Yamaha GTS1000. A gem of the sport touring set with its own rabid following, the GTS stands out due to the RADD/Parker front suspension. The rest of the bike is competent and reliable, but otherwise unspectacular. Think of the GTS as competence accomplished in a slightly different way.

1994 Yamaha GTS1000 for sale on eBay

Motorcycle engineers have long envisioned an alternate type of front suspension – one that could isolate road irregularities from weight transfer and steering. The attempts at alternate nose gear developed the moniker of “funny front ends” by many. And while the various suspension designs all had merit in some aspects, the overall package was always compromised in some fashion. The RADD/Parker design offers a single-sided swingarm hanging off the front of the “chassis” with a strut on the left side only. Steering is accomplished via a telescopic column, and braking duties are managed via a single disk mounted centrally and squeezed by a six-piston caliper with antilock functionality. All in all the designed worked – but packaging (such as the C-shaped “Omega” frame) was best accomplished by something larger than a sport bike. Thus, the FZR1000-powered GTS was born.

From the seller:
1994 Yamaha GTS1000 A low mile original bike in fantastic condition. Runs and drives great. No issues. These were groundbreaking in their time and are getting very difficult to find in this condition.
Prices are steadily climbing. Collectors are moving in on them the last couple years.
A great opportunity still affordable for now. This bike will never go down in price.
The back rest is removable and the hard cases for touring come with bike.

Redesigning what has been a staple of motorcycling for more than 50 years took some guts by Yamaha brass. The years of massive experimentation during the 1980s were largely over, and the buying public had consistently voted to follow standard conventions when it came to buying new bikes in the showroom. To be fair, the front fork must compromise size in order to combat flex (which the upside down fork was designed to combat) and is far from an ideal solution for a device that has to deal with so many different force vectors. But it works well enough that creating a new mousetrap did not earn Yamaha a long line for the new GTS. That makes this example a relatively rare survivor, despite its otherwise conventional UJM features.

If you question how well this whole setup works, consider that this 1994 GTS is sporting 33,500 miles on the clock. In truth once you are seated in the well-appointed cockpit you would be very hard pressed to identify any differences from riding a conventional motorcycle. That is perhaps the biggest benefit – as well as the biggest detraction – to the GTS. It does everything you would expect from a well-engineered motorcycle without feeling different or special – even though it was much more expensive than its conventional peers. Today these are well-loved and sought after machines. This particular example looks to have been used and cared for, and includes a Corbin seat upgrade and hard bags to further encourage time in the saddle. With a Buy It Now of $6k, this 1994 Yamaha GTS1000 is looking for a new home. Check out all of the details here. Stay safe, and good luck!!

MI

Front Loaded:  1994 Yamaha GTS1000
Yamaha December 12, 2017 posted by

Low Miles, Even Fewer Forks: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000 for Sale

Bikes today are faster, lighter, better-handling, and safer than ever before. But while there have been huge advances in terms of electronics and the materials used to build them, they use basically the same layout and suspension since motorcycle design became codified sometime in the late 1980s. The familiar telescopic forks are most definitely a compromise, but one designers and suspension tuners have become accustomed to working around. Simply put: when motorcycle forks compress under braking it upsets weight distribution and changes suspension geometry. So if you’re developing a suspension system that gets around those issues, you’d think you’d create some sort of exotic hypersports bike to show off the advantages of your high-performance design, right? Well if you’re Yamaha, you put your radical Omega Chassis Concept in a stylish, buy heavy sports-tourer like this GTS1000.

It’s a shame, because the GTS might otherwise have made a great case for this alternative, swingarm front end: simply put, the design works very well.  Oh sure, there isn’t any huge advantage over a conventional front end in a sport-touring application like this, but there’s no real downside either. And the single-sided front end should make tire swaps a breeze, although the lack of a second front disc might give faster riders a bit of pause… At least it’s vented and equipped with a six-piston caliper, and period tests don’t complain about stopping power.

Yamaha licensed James Parker’s forkless RADD front end to create their radical grand touring machine, and installed their five-valve, 1002cc inline four and five-speed gearbox, here tuned to produce a torque-rich 100hp. So the GTS was far too heavy and underpowered to be a legitimate sportbike, but limited fuel range and luggage options meant it leaned hard on the “sport” elements of sport-touring. Only available in the US from 1993-1994, the GTS1000 didn’t sell very well, as the odd suspension, high price, and relatively limited touring capabilities scared potential customers away.

 

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000 for Sale

Selling a very rare GTS1000A with a very low low miles. 

Bike is in a beautiful condition, kept in the garage for years , recently serviced with all new fluids and filters. New fuel pump. Left mirror has a small crack from moving in the garage, not even noticeable. Please feel free to ask me with any questions . 

New tires are needed. 

Treat yourself with a beautiful gift for the holidays. 

Bike starts and runs like new. 

The Buy It Now price is set at $6,500 which is pretty steep for a GTS1000 but, with just 4,400 miles on the clock, it’s probably one of lowest-mileage examples in existence.  The problem is that, unless you’re a collector of oddities, there’s really no point: these things can rack up crazy miles so there’s really no need to find one in such unused condition unless you plan to keep it as a museum piece. And that’d be a shame, since the GTS1000 is an amazingly competent mile-muncher.

-tad

Low Miles, Even Fewer Forks: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000 for Sale
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 June 26, 2014 posted by

Exotic Suspension for the Masses: 1994 Yamaha GTS1000

Only sold for two years in the US, the Yamaha GTS1000 was available from 1993-94. Styling is conservative 90’s Japanese, but without the garish graphics that often distinguish sportbikes of the era and the look is handsome, but so relatively unremarkable that it’s easy to miss the bike’s true standout feature: the forkless front end.

Almost missed that, didn’t you?

1994 Yamaga GTS1000 R Side Front

Conventional telescopic forks have well-known limitations: under braking, they compress and throw a motorcycle’s weight forward, upsetting weight-distribution, and this shift disturbs suspension geometry as well. In addition, the forces being channeled through and being amplified by the tubes means that triple-trees and  headstocks need to be very beefy, increasing weight.

1994 Yamaga GTS1000 L Front End

Plenty of alternatives have been tried since the dawn of motorcycle suspensions, but most have fallen by the wayside: they may improve in some areas, but usually at the cost of increased complexity or reduced steering feel, exactly the kind of things engineers were looking to avoid. They exchanging simple for complicated with no real upside, except as an exotic calling-card for owners of bikes like the Vyrus or Bimota Tesi who don’t mind the additional maintenance expense.

Interestingly, the suspension on this machine provides the best of both worlds: suspension compliance and braking stability as well as relative simplicity and reliability.

1994 Yamaga GTS1000 Dash

Yamaha’s “Omega-Framed” GTS1000 was an innovative, ambitious attempt to bring exotic swingarm front suspension technology to the masses. Alternative suspension maverick James Parker, who is still hard at work developing this concept today, licensed his technology to Yamaha and the engine was from Yamaha’s FZR1000, a 1000cc five-valve four cylinder that was detuned for touring duty, although that’s likely easily changed to something approaching the donor bike’s 145hp without too much trouble. The bike also included a great deal of exotic technology like electronic fuel injection, anti-lock brakes, and a catalytic converter.

1994 Yamaga GTS1000 Frame

From the original eBay listing: 1994 Yamaha GTS1000 for Sale

Two words. RARE, Collector! This GTS1000 is in fantastic condition and yes, it’s a pretty difficult find. The GTS was only available in the states from 1993 to 1994. It was still available in Europe until 1999. The previous owner took exceptional care of this. If you’re a collector or an enthusiast, this would be a great bike. Not to mention, it’s still a great bike to ride. For those of you who looked at this listing earlier, I did get the bags and the brakes. Please see pics. The only thing that is any concern is that the ABS is disconnected. I do have a box of all the parts for the ABS (see pics). The previous owner disconnected them as he didn’t like ABS. Overall, this bike is in great condition and would be a wonderful motorcycle to have in any collection.

Reviews at the time suggest that the suspension performed as advertised. Unfortunately, while the bike was innovative, it was very expensive and the de-fanged powerplant combined with a surprisingly limited range to muddy the waters: exactly what was this bike for? The main advantages of this design were really wasted on a heavy sport-touring bike like this, and it seems odd to combine relatively primitive ABS with a suspension designed to provide increased braking ability at the limit.

Poor sales killed the bike after just two years, although it sold until 1999 in other markets. I’m not sure these are really any sort of huge investment opportunity, but they have a strong cult following and parts for the engine should be readily available, although bodywork and suspension bits could be a problem. As an affordable sport-touring mount, it’d be hard to beat, so if you’re looking for a weird bike with reliability and subtlety, this interestingly technical machine could represent an opportunity you never knew existed.

-tad

1994 Yamaga GTS1000 L Side

 

Exotic Suspension for the Masses: 1994 Yamaha GTS1000