15 months ago I bought a very unusual motorbike, a Yamaha GTS1000. It was introduced in 1993 and was in production until 1996 and on sale in various countries until 1999. It was a test bed for various new technologies that Yamaha were working on. The most dramatic one being the hub centre steering on the front of the bike.
This overcame the tendency of the front of the bike "diving" under hard front end braking, plus the single disk (rotor) was on the centre line of the bike, therefore no torque under braking. Catalytic converter build into the exhaust, vented rear disk, plus a myriad of other innovations made the cost of the GTS1000 too high, but it gave Yamaha the chance to test the technologies in the real world. Reviews on YouTube all rave about the handling.
. Even Clarkson sat on one!! But at Ł10,000 in 1993 it couldn't compete with the likes of the Honda Fireblade at under Ł6,000.
So I decided to buy one and restore it with a few tweaks, even with its excellent record on handling a new set of modern shocks are needed.
So here is the starting point.
And here is how it stands at the moment. No wonder I don't get out in the SLK much.
I think you will agree, some way to go yet. I would be glad to hear from anyone who has worked on one of these and can advise on matter I haven't been able to sort out, such as the type and supplier for the spherical bearing in the front end and the track rod end type connectors. I have found some info on the various web sites and forums but any personal experiences would be appreciated.