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Yamaha Motorcycle History


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Japanese motorized vehicle-producing company, is part of the Yamaha Corporation. After expanding Yamaha Corporation into the world's biggest piano maker, then Yamaha CEO Genichi Kawakami took Yamaha into the field of motorized vehicles on July 1, 1955. The company's intensive research into metal alloys for use in acoustic pianos had given Yamaha wide knowledge of the making of lightweight, yet sturdy and reliable metal constructions. This knowledge was easily applied to the making of metal frames and motor parts for motorcycles. Yamaha Motor is the world's second largest producer of motorcycles. It also produces many other motorized vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, outboard motors, and personal watercraft.

The Yamaha corporate logo is comprised of three tuning forks placed on top of each other in a triangular pattern.

In 2000, Toyota and Yamaha Corporation made a capital alliance where Toyota paid Yamaha Corporation 10.5 billion yen for a 5 per cent share in Yamaha Motor Company while Yamaha and Yamaha Motor each bought 500,000 shares of Toyota stock in return.

Racing heritage

Yamaha has a long racing heritage where it has had its machines and team win many different competitions in many different areas, for example both road and off road racing, also Yamaha has had great success with riders such as Bob Hannah, Heikki Mikkola, Kenny Roberts, Chad Reed, Stefan Merriman, Wayne Rainey, and the latest, Valentino Rossi. Yamaha is known to those who are older in age as the designer of the modern motocross bike, as they were the first to build a production mono-shock motocross bike (1975 for 250 and 400, 1976 for 125) and one of the first to have a water-cooled motocross production bike (1981, but 1977 in works bikes).

Since 1962 ,Yamaha produced production road racing grand prix motorcycles that any licensed road racer could purchase. In 1970, Non-factory "privateer" teams dominated the 250cc World Championship with Great Britain's Rodney Gould winning the title on a Yamaha TD2.

Motorcycle models

Yamaha has made an extensive number of two and four-stroke scooters, on-road and off-road motorcycles. The Yamaha XS 650, introduced in 1970, was such an overwhelming success that it crippled the British monopoly of vertical twin motorcycles.