Yamaha motorcycle history



Yamaha motorcycle history

Early beginnings

The motorcycle section if Yamaha was found in 1955. Its initial product was 125cc two-cycle, which was a single cylinder motorcycle, known as YA-1 and it was a copy of a German DKW RT125. It was their first competitive racing motor. With this model, Yamaha entered the market as racing motorcycle producers. Later on it became popular racing motorcycles manufacturer, constantly competing with Honda and other Japanese manufacturers. In 1963, Yamaha won in motor racing competition in Belgium, which proved their dedication to both the two-stroke engine and racing. That influenced a considerable rise in sales, and Yamaha set up the first subsidiaries in Thailand and the Netherlands. In 1968, Yamaha released their first four-stroke bike, the XS-1. It was larger and more powerful motor than the British motorcycles of the time. Only in 1976 did Yamaha come up with a multi-cylinder bike, and in 1978 Yamaha’s first four-cylinder model was launched. It was the XS-1100, and regardless of its heavy construction and being more tour orientated it brought many victories in endurance racing.





Rejecting the trends, consumer preference, and environmental regulations, Yamaha continued to refine two-strokes throughout the 1980s. These bikes were designed to achieve outstanding performance. In the 1980s, this motorcycle industry started to produce more specialized models designed to beat the competitors in motocross racing, recreational off-road riding, touring, and street riding and cruising.




Cruiser era

Cruiser era

One of the first Japanese cruiser bikes was the XY759. It was the model with an air-cooled V-twin stroke engine. By the end of the 1980s, Yamaha launched dozens of various models of cruisers. In 1995, Yamaha announced the production of Star Motorcycles, which was a new name for its cruiser motorcycles in the American market. Today, Star motorcycles are still known as Yamaha brand, in markets all over the world. It was a successful try to make a breakthrough into the cruiser market, which was one of the most profitable markets in the USA.
In 2007, Yamaha established one of its largest and most lucrative subsidiaries in the Philippines, which operates on all continents, under the name of Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc.




Super 7

The “Super 7.”

Yamaha’s Yard Built team has been working very hard over the last few years to impress its customers with a stunning model from the Sports Heritage Range that is yet to be released. Jens von Braun, a founder of JVB-Moto, designed a stirring naked Yard Built version of Yamaha XSR700. He worked to expose the bike as a retro styled machine. The result is a super clean motorcycle, which reflects the lightweight but very powerful and energetic bike of standard XSR700. Many parts for the “Super 7”, including LED indicators, speedometer mounting, the headlight, as well as side covers and seat unit, which give a distinguishable look to this model, are made by JVB-Moto. The Super 7” has Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa tires, with Ohlins shocks at the rear, which helps to keep everything under control. Custom risers keep LSL handlebars at just the right height of the impressive fuel trunk. A custom rear brake reservoir and a polished regulator are also parts of this sensational model.


Many lovers of XSR700 are hardly waiting for this model to be released, and it will certainly fulfill all their expectations.

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