Yamaha GTS1000

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The GTS1000 is a sport-touring motorcycle introduced by Yamaha in 1993, and sold until 1996.

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Production1993 - 1996
EngineWater-cooled, inline 4 cylinder, EFI, DOHC Genesis engine
Power102 hp (76 kW) @ 9000 rpm
Torque78.2 ft·lbf @ 6500 rpm
SuspensionRADD front suspension, mono-shock rear
BrakesABS disc, front and rear
TiresFront: 130/60-17; Rear: 170/60-17
Wheelbase58.9 inches
Seat height31.1 inches
Weight553 lb
Fuel capacity5.3 gallons

The GTS1000 is most notable for its innovative forkless front suspension, specifically a RADD front suspension designed by James Parker. This suspension provided improved stability under braking, but the improvement did not justify the additional cost for the consumer, and the bike was not commercially successful.[1]

The GTS1000 also had advanced technologies not normally found on motorcycles at the time, such as electronic fuel injection, ABS brakes, and a catalytic converter.[2]

The engine was taken from the Yamaha FZR1000 of the time, and incorporated Yamaha's Genesis engine technology, though it was limited by design to 100 bhp.[3]

In 2006, Bike declared the 1994 Yamaha GTS1000 the coolest of rare motorcycles. "Scarce, stylish, yet capable and completely usable: that's cool in our book."[4]


  1. Roland Brown, "Classic Motorcycles", p. 61, 2000, Hermes House, London, ISBN 1-84038-433-6
  2. The GTS1000 Home Page (self-proclaimed), retrieved March, 2007
  3. Bike, December, 2006, p. 100]]
  4. Bike, ibid.