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AG 175 1982
AG 200 1985
AX 125 1970
Bronco 1997
BT1100 Mastino Concept 2002
BT1100 Bulldog 2003
BT1100 Bulldog 2004
CS 200 1971
DT 125 1972
DT 125 1973-74
DT 125 1975-76
DT 125 1977
DT 125 1978
DT 125 1979
DT 125 1980
DT 125 1981
DT 125 1982
DT 125 1983
DT 125LC 1984
DT 125LC 1985
DT 125R 1986
DT 125R 1987
DT 125R 1988
DT 125R Ténéré  1988-89
DT 125R 1990
DT 125R 1991
DT 125R 1992
DT 125R 1993-95
DT 125R 1996-97
DT 125RE 1998
DT 125RE 1999
DT 125RE 2000
DT 125RE 2001
DT 125RE 2002
DT 125RE 2003-04
DT 125RE Everts Replica 2005
DT 125X 2005
DT 175 1974-76
DT 175 1977-78
DT 175 1979-80
DT 200R 1984-85
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DT 200wR 1990
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DT 230 Lanza 1999-00
DT 250 1968-69
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DT 250 1973-74
DT 250 1975-76
DT 250 1977
DT 250 1978
DT 250 1979-80
DT 250 1981
DT 360 1972
DT 360 A 1974
DT 400 1974-75
DT 400 1976-77
DT 400 1978
DX 250 1970
FJ 600 1984
FJ 1100 1984
FJ 1100 1985
FJ 1200 1986-87
FJ 1200 1988-90
FJ 1200A 1991
FJ 1200A 1992-93
FJ 1200A 1994-97
FJR 1300 2001
FJR 1300 2002
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FJR 1300 2011
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FJR 1300E /ES 2014

 

 

 

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RD 350 1973
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RD 350 1976
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RD 350F 1984
RD 350F  1985
RD 350F2 1986-87
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RD 350N 1983
RD 350R 1990-91
RD 350R 1992
RD 400 1976
RD 400 1977
RD 400 1978
RD 400 1979
RD 500LC  YPVS 1984
RD 500LC  YPVS Christian Sarron Replica 1985
RS 200 1970
RT 250 1968-72
RT1 360 1970-71
RX 350 Sport 1970-72
RZ 125 1982
RZ 125S 1983-
RZ 125 1985
RZ 125LC 1986
RZ 201 Rotary Concept 1972
RZ 250LC 1980-81
RZ 250LC 1982
RZ 250LC 1983
RZ 250R 1984-85
RZ 250R 1986-87
RZ 250R 1988
RZ 350LC 1981-82
RZ 350LC YSP Limited Edition 1982
RZ 350LC 1983
RZ 350RR 1984
RZ 350RR 1985
RZV 500  YPVS 1984

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Yamaha Motorcycles, under this motto, employing all its creativity, and with a very strong spirit of challenge, became what it is now: one of the biggest players in the worldwide motorcycling scene.

But Yamaha's history doesn't start with motorcycles...

It is back in 1877 that Torakusu Yamaha started with the Nippon Gakki Company that later would become Yamaha Corporation: an important manufacturer of fine musical instruments.

As the company grew, they explored several fields of opportunity in the textile industry and others.

During the World War II, the company set up a factory to produce airplane propellers. This plant played an important role in Yamaha's entry to the motorcycle industry as you will see.

After the war, Yamaha Corporation had to find new ways to use the tooling and experience that had been accumulated during their times in the airplane industry, and it was then when Yamaha Motor Corporation was founded.

It's important to mention that even though this new company was just another branch of Yamaha Corporation, it was placed under an independent management. In this case, under the guidance of Ginichi Kawakami; which turned out to be a brilliant move.

Before producing their first motorcycle, Ginichi Kawakami traveled a lot establishing what would be very useful relationships. He also sent out his engineers to Europe and had them learn how to build motorcycles, particularly from DKW; with whom they kept an underground and unofficial long lasting relationship.

One proof of this is that nowadays, the only two manufacturers in the world of mass-produced five side-valve engines are Yamaha an Audi (DKW - Auto Union).

One of the most important legacies from this international relationships were all the skills learnt by Yamaha's engineers on two stroke engines know-how. Other manufacturers as Suzuki would not reach the same level of development in this area till seven years later.

Not to wonder why the first bike from Yamaha Motorcycles the 125 YA-1 was fairly a faithful copy of the 1949 DKW RT 12. The only two important differences were the four speed gearbox instead of the original three speed gearbox, and a gear transmission replacing the primary chain drive.

IMPORTANT MODEL FROM YAMAHA MOTORCYCLES

Yamaha YA-1

Even though the Yamaha YA-1 - baptized "Acatombo" (Red dragonfly) by its fans - had "nothing in special" and was more expensive than its competitors, it almost immediately became a great success.

It was reliable: before putting it into the market, the prototypes were tested along 10,000 miles of rough rides . Even the big boss himself, Ginichi Kawakami, rode the bike without any incident from Hamamatsu to Tokyo.

It was beautiful: with this model Yamaha was the first manufacturer to put special attention to the decoration of the motorcycle. This task was given to GK Design in Tokyo. It's worth mentioning that this firm has designed the "look" of most Yamaha motorcycles to date.

It was fast: the YA-1 obtained excellent overall results in the most important local races of that time: Mount Fuji (third place) and Mount Asama (first place).

In fact it was this aggressive attitude in the sporting world that helped Yamaha Motorcycles gain fast acceptance even though they made a late start in the motorcycle scene (in comparison to Honda and Suzuki).

In other words: Yamaha Motorcycles showed the world they had arrived to be considered good and fierce competitors from the beginning. Particularly to Honda and Suzuki.

Other important models from that time were:

The Yamaha YD-1 (the competition for the Suzuki TP of that time)

Some technical specifications:

Yamaha YD-1

15 hp 70 mph. 185,000 yen

in comparison to:

Suzuki TP

18 hp 80 mph. 195,000 yen

The Yamaha YDS-1

The dream bike of all young Japanese between 1959-1960.

Some technical specifications:

20 hp 333 lbs. 85 mph.

Direct rival of the Honda CB72

Since then, the history of models and victories goes on and on...

Today, Yamaha Motorcycles is one of the major players in the worldwide motorcycling scene. Just to give you an idea of how important Yamaha Motorcycles have become:

- The 2004 Moto GP was won by excellent rider Valentino Rossi on
a Yamaha motorcycle.

 

 

 

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