The Japanese company Yamaha Motor - the world famous motorcycle manufacturer, with its headquarters in the city of Iwata. Its model range includes sports bikes, cruisers, motocross bikes, streetfighter, motorcycle sports class tourist. Yamaha is the second largest in terms of production among Japanese manufacturers of motorcycles after the Honda Motor Company. Her tales appreciated worldwide for its excellent handling, reliability and original design.
In addition the company produces motorcycles scooters, motorized bicycles, boats, jet skis, boats, outboard motors, ATVs, engines, electric generators, water pumps, snowmobiles, unmanned helicopters, electrical power units for wheelchairs and equipment. Originally it was part of the Yamaha Corporation, the largest manufacturer of musical instruments.
d impoverished population does not show much interest in musical instruments. The company's management is looking for ways to diversify production. So begins the story of Yamaha Motor Company, which is separated from the parent company to produce motorcycles.
It is worth noting that by the mid-1950s, when Yamaha decided to take the issue of motorcycles, the Japanese market were competing about 150 motorcycle manufacturers. The leader among them, of course, was the Honda Motor Company, whose head, Soichiro Honda, Yamaha bought her a piano.
the company's production department Yamaha motorcycle was founded June 1, 1955. The company has 274 employee, 30 million yen of seed capital and enterprise with a monthly production capacity of 200 units. Looking back, Jenish Kawakami, then president of Nippon Gakki, recalled that in the base period, Yamaha Motor Company company felt it kind of financial freedom, and he felt the need to expand the scope of business. Among the alternatives to musical instruments was the production of sewing machines, auto parts, three-wheeled trucks, scooters and motorbikes. Jenish Kawakami did not want to go to an unfamiliar market without having enough knowledge, so he, along with managers and chief engineers has visited the United States and Germany, before proceeding with the development of the first 125 cc motorcycle.
"If you're going to do something, do it the best that is possible" - this was the motto of the first Yamaha motorcycle developers. The first model was created after 10 months of design - Yamaha YA-1, also known as the "Red Dragonfly". It is in many ways reminiscent of the German motorcycle DKW RT125, but surpasses it in the specifications. So, instead of a three-stage gearbox in the Japanese motorcycle used a four. The model was equipped with a 125 cc two-stroke single-cylinder-engine capacity of 5.6 hp with air cooling. To meet the requirements of the quality of the highest class, YA-1 went through an unprecedented test of endurance, breaking the 10,000 km.
In January 1955 began mass production YA-1. In the same year, Yamaha has taken part in two major racing events Japan - climbing Mount Fuji and Mount Asama. "Red Dragonfly" won in both races in a class of 125 cubic meters. see, beating Honda. This provided a loud motorcycle debut in the domestic market. During the first year it was released about 200 motorcycles this model.
In 2002, this model has been improved and has received electronic fuel injection. In 2007, the motorcycle is equipped with a proprietary YCC-T engine operation control system.
Since 2005, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer begins to develop the Russian market. In April, the company created by Yamaha Motor CIS, the official exclusive distributor. The first priority is to establish a branched dealer network with offices in all regions.
Yamaha Motorcycles immediately arouse interest in Russian motor-fans. Begin to form clubs of fans of the brand or its individual models. The best-selling Yamaha motorcycles in Russia are YBR125 and YZF-R1.
In 2011 he published a German rival BMW GS1200R, first-class brand motorcycle travel enduro - Super Tenere. Two years later, there are novelties 09 and MT-Star Bolt.
Now Yamaha Motor in terms of production is second only to his invariable opponent - Honda. Its enterprises are represented in more than 45 countries. They employ more than 100 000 people. The company is developing in many directions, yet remain true to his original passion - motorcycles.