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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:

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Yamaha GTS 1000 with rebuildable Ohlins shocks with piggyback reservoirs replacing the outdated and ugly originals (a pair of these is $3000 new)This bike is the ONLY production bike ever built with HUB CENTER STEERING and has other unique features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!!


Featured Listing – 1994 Yamaha GTS1000
Yamaha July 13, 2022 posted by

Back to the Future: 1993 Yamaha GTS 1000

At some point in the history of the motorcycle evolution, someone decided that taking what worked out back (i.e. swingarm rear suspension) should also work on the front. Thus the concept of the backwards motorcycle, the funny front end, or the better mousetrap was born. But lest you think that this was a recent evolutionary breakthrough found only on the Bimota Tesi and today’s Yamaha GTS, the actual idea of hub-centered steering dates back to Carl Neracher in 1918 with his ingenious Ner-A-Car design. Since the dawn of time there have literally been dozens of attempts to handle (and in some cases, isolate) the simultaneous forces of road irregularities, braking-induced weight shift, cornering forces and steering that impact the motorcycle design. The most commercially viable of these designs was the James Parker RADD system, which was adopted by Yamaha for their GTS 1000.

1993 Yamaha GTS 1000 for sale on eBay

By nature the GTS is a sport tourer, although alternate front suspension designs have been utilized in outright sport bikes (i.e Bimota Tesi) as well as racers (the ELF racers in the GP series were especially innovative). But the packaging of the front suspension does tend to produce a wider, larger motorcycle. Powering the GTS is the ubiquitous FZR1000 motor, which has never lacked for power. The unique combination of sport bike soul and sport touring coachwork connected to the Parker RADD suspension resulted in a gem of a machine which – like the technologically advanced Turbos of a decade earlier – failed to sell. Like the Turbos, these are genuinely rare machines that are worth seeking out as they represent a bargain.

From the seller:
Yamaha GTS 1000, unique and rare model. Very good condition, everything works, good tires, fresh oil and filter. All original except for windscreen. Unique front suspension, this model was only sold 2 years in the US. A great sport-touring machine.

Today’s example shows exactly what this bike is all about. With 30,000+ miles on the clock, this is a rider; by all accounts the GTS is an excellent travel companion, and once underway the rider is completely unaware of the funky front suspension arrangement. Stability is reported to be superb, especially under hard braking. And despite the miles, this bike looks to be in otherwise great condition. The seller notes some recent maintenance, and an aftermarket windscreen (a bonus for rider comfort). With a Buy It Now set for a reasonable $4,200, you can rock a rare and unique bike that can be used as a daily driver for a budget. Win! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!


Back to the Future: 1993 Yamaha GTS 1000
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!!


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.


Low Miles, Even Fewer Forks: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000 for Sale
Yamaha October 7, 2014 posted by

1993 YAMAHA GTS1000


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


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



1993 YAMAHA GTS1000
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 .