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Yamaha GTS1000 rebuild keeps me away from the SLK

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.
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Checked how many are still on the road in the UK - there are only 7 actually registered and another 11 on SORN (for our overseas readers that means they are statutorily registered as not licensed and stored off road). That probably makes it one of the rarest road bikes around . It has been mentioned in the motorcycle press a couple of times recently and that is probably why there are 5 of the above total on eBay at the moment.


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I was always interested in this bike but I am a sucker for outdated underpowered V twins of Italian origin so it was never on my wish list.
Please do post more of your progress.


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"Outdated underpowered V Twins of Italian origin". Now there's a mouthful.
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I remember the bike coming out.

In NR750 territory (bikes mainly built to ensure patents). [Honda purists screaming NR not NR750]
Both turned out to be nice bikes though.

You're going to get a lot of attention off the bike world.
But I suspect little help.

People who bought these bikes weren't usually the home mech types.

Good luck with the project.

I'd love to see the bike when it's out and about.

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Thanks for posting, very interesting. Nothing to add for the bike, except about shocks. Such a technological wonder deserves a set of ttx ohlins, with the cartridges upgraded to 4ways.

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Well guys, finally finished the GTS1000 rebuild and I've had nearly 20k hits on the blog, even though there are virtually none of them in the UK (about 10 on SORN and the same registered). Spare parts are non existent, but I am proud of the result and I am now waiting for the DVLA to get their fingers out and register it. It was originally imported from the Nederland, but never registered in the Uk. Starting full rebuild of a 93 GTS1000 - GTS Club . I might now have time to take the 55 out for some fun, or maybe the GTS????


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Congratulations on your win!

It's good to see one coming back onto the road.

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