Yamaha GTS 1000

Yamaha Corporation as we know it today was created more than a hundred years ago. The primary activity was production of musical instruments, small organ,piano…

Nippon Gakki Co., later called Yamaha, was founded in 1980 by Torakusu Yamaha. As stated in introduction, the company since establishment was involved in the manufacture of musical instruments. They started with a small organ and piano, and today they are one of the largest manufacturers of equipment for musicians in the world. Logo on Yamaha gas tanks represents 3 crossed tuning forks. Just thanks to the production of these forks and pianos, craftsmen at Yamaha have gained a lot of experience in working with metals and various alloys. This experience combined with those acquired in the World War II, as well as the high demand for cheap means of transport ( which was discussed in previous histories ), led to the fact that Yamaha began production of motorcycles.

First Yamaha came out from the factory back in 1955. It is a model YA-1. Unlike the first-born of other Japanese manufacturers, this motorcycle was very serious, probably because it was a copy of the DKW. It was powered by two-stroke engine with 123 ccm, whole 5,6 HP and 9,4 Nm of torque. It is important to note that this was a real motorcycle that did not use the frame of a bicycle. Of course, such a good motorcycle was accompanied with “good” price: at a time when the wages of university-educated men was just under 11.000 yen, the YA-1 cost entire 138.000 yen. His successor, YC-1 was a bit better: thanks to the engine of his 174 ccm, power is increased to as much as 10,3 HP. In addition to higher power, the motorcycle was exceptionally looking and the price jumped to 145.000 yen. YD-1 which appeared the following year, was also a remarkable motorcycle during that time. His biggest asset was also the engine….the first of the twin-cylinder Yamaha with 247 ccm and 14,7 HP. The first copies were sold in America in 1958.

Yamaha’s first production facility outside the borders of Japan, was opened in 1966 in Siam when it launched the first model from the super-sport class. It is a model YDS-3 that developed 26 HP and a complete novelty on this model was adjusting the rear suspension. The first Yamaha enduro, DT-1, was in the production in 1968, with 246 ccm and largest front fork gap among all Japanese motorcycles. Just a year later, Yamaha has built its own race track.

The first large-volume engine, powered by four-stroke parallel twin engine with 653 ccm and 53 HP, was launched in 1970 and carried the label XS1.

In the text above , there isn’t a base/forerunner of story that we want to tell.

This is precisely what distinguishes this model not only from other Yamaha motorcycles but also from all other motorcycles ever produced.

Yamaha GTS 1000 is sport-touring motorcycle first introduced in 1993, sold until 1994 in the United States, and sold elsewhere until 1999. Most recognizable for its mono front fork…RADD project (Rational Advanced Design Development), constructed by James Parker. This design and structure of the front fork has enabled excellent stability when braking. Due to the enormous costs of research and development, Yamaha GTS did not achieve the expected success (at that time it was the technological revolution). When produced, in addition to the above technological innovation, GTS also possessed other aspects of unseen advanced technology; EFI, ABS, catalyst. The engine was taken from the Yamaha FZR1000 of the time, and incorporated Yamaha’s Genesis engine technology. Irrespective with mentioned above, design has limited GTS to 100 HP (75 kW). It is important to note that in 2006, British magazine “Bike” declared Yamaha GTS 1000 the coolest of rare motorcycles. Among others one of the sentences of the article was: “scarce, stylish, yet capable and completely usable: that’s cool in our book.”

What also adorns this engine is a Omega Chassis Design.

There are unofficial information that despite the high price, Yamaha has not been able to cover the costs of research and development, so the production ceased. There is a large number of those who think that this is one of the best motorcycle ever produced by the famous Japanese manufacturer.

Overall this is a Yamaha motorcycle attempted to combine the “adrenaline athlete” on one side and motorbike comfortable enough and reliable for long journeys on the other. By position when driving there is still a slight advantage given to the “sports” part of the GTS. Seemingly, first time when You come across with it, it looks and is….very heavy motorcycle. That feeling only lasts until the moment when you start to drive it and realize that with the incredible ease You are managing “road cruiser, a fast truck” (as some experts call it). Conclusion……looks, power, technology and above all – joy while riding it.

Therefore, at the end of the story we are proud to present Yamaha GTS 1000. Produced in 1995. Through pictures and specifications, enjoy the offered model.

Model Yamaha GTS 1000
Year 1995
Category Sport turing
Displacement 1003 ccm
Engine type In-line four,  four stroke
Power 73 kW / 100 HP
Top speed 228 km/h
Bore x stroke 75,5 x 56 mm
Fuel control DOHC
Cooling system Air
Gearbox 5 brzina
Transmission type,
final drive
Front tyre 130/60-17
Rear tyre 1970/60-17
Front brakes Single disc, ABS
Rear brakes Single disc, ABS
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc. 248 kg
Fuel capacity 20l
Mileage 59.000 km
Price 3.050 EUR