The Yamaha GTS1000 is a sport-touring motorcycle introduced 1993, remaining on sale until 1999. It is notable for its forkless front suspension, designed by James Parker of RADD Inc. The unique setup purported to provide improved stability under braking, but the improvement did not justify the additional cost for the consumer when new and consequently, the bike was not commercially successful. However, used examples – especially ones as expertly rebuilt as this – are rare and much sought-after.
While doing without a telescopic front fork, the GTS1000 packs high-tech sport-tourer components like a single-sided front swing arm, Yamaha’s innovative Omega chassis, electronic fuel injection, three-way catalytic converter, ABS brakes and a six-piston front-brake caliper.
The potent engine was taken from the Yamaha FZR1000 of the time and incorporated Yamahas' Genesis engine technology, though it was detuned to 100bhp. In 2006, 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”.
Indeed, renowned bike insurer Bennetts went one step further and announced that it was THE rarest motorbike on UK roads today. As if in support, website www.howmanyleft.co.uk records that, as of October 2021, NONE are currently licenced and just 13 are SORNed.
Originally of Dutch origin, K391 HRM was completely rebuilt in the UK by its former keeper during 2017 and received its first UK registration in February, 2018. A comprehensive file of images supporting the rebuild are available, some of which are reproduced in the gallery. It underwent an MoT in November 2018, recording mileage of 30,769 miles.
The bike was acquired by the current owner in April, 2019. The bike successfully passed a further MoT on 31st August, 2021 at just 30,788 miles – a mere 19 miles further down the road than that recorded three years earlier. Since then, a mere 14 miles have been added to the bike’s odometer, which currently registers a total of just 30,802 miles.
Along with the V5C and current MoT certificate, the bike comes with a comprehensive file of paperwork and imagery supporting both the rebuild and subsequent routine servicing, parts and repairs as required in the past few years.
In the GTS1000, we have a fine example of one of the rarest bikes available in the UK today. It has been ridden less than 50 miles since its rebuild was completed. It is presented in the original ‘Yamaha 0189 Dark Purplish Blue Metallic #2 (DPBM2)’ paint colour, with contrasting silver grey finishes elsewhere on the bike.
There are a small number of cosmetic issues occurred during transit to its current owner that we were advised of and that we would be remiss not to point out. There are two small dents on the silencer, a small scuff on the right rear grab handle and the left mirror cowling received a knock and has a crack - all as shown in the gallery.
Aside from those, the bike presents in exceptional condition with a new seat and panniers and all brightwork shines as it should.
At the time of taking the accompanying photographs, our agent was not treated to the joy hearing the bike fire up, but was assured by the owner that the bike runs just as the Yamaha engineers intended. Indeed, a rummage through the restoration imagery may well attest to the thoroughness undertaken during the rebuild on both the cosmetic aesthetic and mechanical prowess of the machine.
Here is a rare chance to own a game-changer that should have – but didn’t – move the game on. To be fair, the bike was ahead of its time and brilliant in nearly all respects, except the price.
In early reports from the bike’s 1993 launch event in North Africa, test riders raved about the huge torque from the motor, phenomenal brakes, amazing high-speed stability and its character to deliver thrills through the twisties, yet offer a becalmed cruise when touring.
When new in 1994, the GTS1000 commanded a UK retail price of £11,979 – due mostly to the cost overruns incurred during its four-year development programme. Still, a tad under £12k for 100bhp was silly money back then (and remains somewhat unnerving even today!). However, due to reasonable uptake (mainly in the States), the bike continued in production until 1999.
Today, history has been kinder to the GTS1000. Those (very few) UK owners that have them respect the machine’s traits and rare, low milers command high interest.
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