Yamaha GTS1000 R
f amaha revisited the GTS, we can only hope it would be like this.
In 1993, amaha gave us a glimpse of a possible future in the shape of the sports- touring GTS1000. Powered by a detuned FZ R motor it is best remembered by the RADD front swingarm which separated suspension and steering tasks, along with an eye- watering initial purchase price that left little change from 10,000. It wasn’t a big seller, though one chap showed the bike’s true potential by racing it at the IOM TT (take a bow Steve Linsdell). amaha must be applauded for taking such a bold move in giving us the first mass- produced bike to feature such technology, as well as throwing ABS, a catalytic converter and fuel- injection into the package too. As a tribute to their bravery, we’ve created our own, but instead of rebooting it as an underpowered sports borer’, how about something a little more Raddical?
The 1993 Omega' frame used the engine as a stressed member and we' ve kept it in our model. sing 2019 R1 magnesium wheels and a heavily modiae ed swingarm from the same bike, this GTS is lighter on its feet and has the Ohlins to make the most of it. As before at the front, the lower arm and shock handles suspension duty while a vertical strut steers the bike. There' s very little dive under braking and the problem of changing geometry is virtually eliminated. Due to the front swingarm we still have a single front disc but it' s now a larger diameter with a more powerful Brembo monobloc caliper.
While the rst-generation GTS was an overweight mile-cruncher, our bike is stripped to the bone to be lighter, more powerful and built for laughs on the street. With styling inspired from several bikes in the amaha range, the minimal bodywork reduces weight as well as increasing the get-out-of-my-way road presence with its 21st century curves. We' ve even given provision for pillions, though their footrests are foldaway items so as not to ruin our curvaceous GTS lines. t' ll be Ducati Diavel for breakfast, Suzuki Katana for lunch and VMAX for dinnerº
The original bike used a ve-valve, four-cylinder ZR1000 motor, which sounds great except amaha lopped 0bhp off the top-end leaving it just 100bhp to lug around 251kg. This gave acceleration that would leave arms rmly in sockets, and riders falling asleep at the handlebars. So we' ve based ours on a 17 0bhp R1 powerplant, retuned for all-day mid-range usability, but still upping the performance stakes massively.
Whatdoyouthink? s this the funny front-end future for amaha? Let us know!