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FRISCO – It’s not a Harley. It’s not a BMW. In fact, the motorcycle Frisco residents will be seeing Saturday is a mixed breed of machinery.

Only 800 Yamaha GTS motorcycles were ever sold in North America, and 45 of them will be shown off during the first ever North American Yamaha GTS rally. Owners from all over the United States, Canada and Australia will be in town with their rare bikes.

“We’re just a bunch of guys that



keep in touch over the Internet,” said Boulder bike owner Joe Loss. “We just decided to get together one of these days.”

The crew will be arriving Friday and leaving on an all-day ride Saturday over Independence Pass to Aspen. Saturday night, the crew will



be hanging out at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco.

The specialty bike, according to Loss, was considered the most advanced production motorcycle of the early ’90s, with its car-like front suspension.

The Yamaha also contains an electronic fuel-injected 1000cc five-valve engine, antilock brakes and a catalytic converter, a combination never seen on two wheels.

The GTS was discontinued quickly in the U.S. but continued selling in Europe until 2000.

“I just bought mine a few years ago from an individual in Boulder,” Loss said.

“It was one of those bikes I always wanted to own but never thought I would.”

For more information, visit the GTS Rally Web site at 222.ladj.com/gtsrally.


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