Yamaha

Yamaha

Yamaha Motor Co Ltd is a Japanese company manufacturing motorcycles and marine products, which began production of its first motorcycle (a copy of the German DKW RT 125), the YA-1 125cc in 1955. Like many motorcycle companies, Yamaha has moved through various incarnations as a company, from a start in 1887 making reed organs, to aeroplane propellers and eventually finding its way into motorcycles - and Yamaha are now the second largest seller of motorcycles worldwide. The early Yamaha 125 the YA-1 was an instant success at racing, setting up a rivalry with motorcycle manufacturers: Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki which has run and run ever since. By 1963 Yamaha's concentration on two-stroke racing had paid dividends, with their first international victory in the Belgian GP where they won the 250cc class. Sales were booming by then and Yamaha set up international subsidiaries in Thailand in 1964 and the Netherlands in 1968 and went into production of the 305cc two-stoke, the company's flagship machine. This was swiftly followed by the 350cc two-stroke twin R-1. Following on the heels of the R-1 came Yamaha's first four-stroke the XS-1 650cc which equalled the popular bikes of the time like the Triumph Bonneville and the BSA Gold Star. In the 1970s and 1980s Yamaha's RD and RS families grew and evolved. Alongside these, small standards like the ever popular FS1 and step-through V-50 and V-80, were manufactured. Yamaha also produced off-road bikes for off-road racing and recreation and proved to be an innovator in dirt-bike tech. In 1980 the RZ-250 was the parent of the RZ series with the RZ-350 becoming a popular hot-rod of the 1980s. By the end of the 1980s Yamaha was offering dozens of cruiser styled bikes in many different displacements and configurations. The FZ, RX-Z, RD, RX, YZF 'R1' all followed and Yamaha is continuing to expand, innovate and consolidate its motorcycle production worldwide to date.

Created with Sketch.
Volver arriba