#ProjectRhodiumOmega Yamaha GTS 1000 for the 21st centuy.
In April 2015, I had a discussion with James Chen who’s an successful businessman and passionate of all things on wheels. In one of our various lively chats, he talked about the first motorcycle that he saw when he was young that shocked his imagination by creating unlimited possibilities for the future of motorcycles. This was the Yamaha GTS 1000 introduced in 1993, a motorcycle that was ahead of its time. The most noticeable part of it was the out of this world RADD (Rationally Advanced Design Development) front suspension designed by James Parker and the frame to handle it. Unfortunately it was so ahead of its time, people didn’t understand the value, and didn’t last. It sold in the USA for two years and elsewhere for only seven. It was a shame that the concept didn’t survive.
James said, “Wish I could give this motorcycle a re-appearance in line with the 21st century so a new generation of young people can open their imagination the same way it did when introduced on 1993”. With that idea, he described his vision for the motorcycle and we went through a couple sketches. Sketch after sketch our passions raised to the point that it was determined to make this dream into reality.
Working with the lines of the motorcycle it was decided that the overall design of Project Rhodium Omega is pentagonal. No matter the seat, air intake, or different viewing angles, each panel has influence from the pentagon.
Why name it Rhodium Omega? The word Rhodium is the name of an metallic element that is rare, highly resistant to corrosion, and extremely reflective. We chose this element to express the feeling of this ultra-futuristic design. The word Omega is actually the name of the frame of the motorcycle which resembles the omega symbol at profile view. This is how we came to the name Rhodium Omega.
The project took JSK Moto Co. over 30 months to build. The most time, sweat, and frustration in our build history. For the moto-nerds out there, we share the build process below highlighting what it took us to create this motorcycle. With this project completed JSK Moto Co. can show that not only can we design modern-retro builds, we also can build functional futuristic motorcycles as well. We hope everybody likes it and be able to once again spur the imagination.