Yamaha History: Connecting past to the future.
Yamaha was established in 1887 as a piano and reed organ manufacturer by Torakusu Yamaha. The Company's origins have grown to become the world largest manufacturer of musical instrument.
1955: The first Yamaha motorized product was the YA-1 Motorcycle (125cc, 2-stroke, single cylinder, street bike). It was produced and sold in Japan.
1958: The first Yamaha Motorcycles sold in the USA were by Cooper Motors, an independent distributor. The models were the YD1 (250cc, 2-stroke, twin cylinder, street bike) and MF-1 (50cc, 2-stroke, single cylinder, street bike, step-through).
1960: Yamaha International Corporation began selling motorcycles in the USA.
1968: The DT-1 Enduro was introduced. The world's first dual purpose motorcycle which had on & off-road capability. Its impact on Motorcycling in the USA was enormous.
1970: Yamaha’s first 4-stroke motorcycle model, the XS-1 (650cc vertical twin) was introduced.
1971: The SR433 high-performance Snowmobile was introduced.
1973: Yamaha continued expansion into new markets by introducing Generators (ET1200).
1975: Yamaha pioneered the very first single-shock, production motocross bikes. This was the beginning of the YZ Monocross machines that changed motocross forever.
1976: The legendary SRX440 snowmobile hits the market and quickly catapults Yamaha to the forefront of the snowmobile racing scene.
1977: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, was founded in order to better appeal to the American market and establish a separate identity (from music & electronics) for Yamaha motorized products.
1978: The XS1100 motorcycle (four cylinder, shaft drive) was introduced. XS650 Special was introduced. This was the first production Cruiser built by a Japanese manufacturer.
1979: YICS (Yamaha Induction Control System), a fuel-saving engine system, was developed for 4-stroke engines.
1980: The new Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, corporate office was opened in Cypress, California.
1981: The first air-cooled, V-twin cruiser, the Virago 750, was introduced.
1984: The first production 5-valve per cylinder engine was introduced on the FZ750 motorcycle.
1985: The V-Max 1200 musclebike hits the streets.
1986: Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America was founded in Newnan, Georgia.
1987: A new exhaust system for 4-stroke engines, “EXUP,” was developed to provide higher horsepower output throughout an engine's powerband.
1992: The Vmax-4 Snowmobile (2-stroke, four cylinder) was introduced
1994: Yamaha expands its product offerings by acquiring the Cobia boat company.
1995: The Century and Skeeter boat companies are acquired by Yamaha.
1996: Yamaha introduces its first Star model with the 1300cc, V4 Royal Star.
1997: Yamaha acquires the G3 boat company.
1998: The YZ400F four-stroke motocross bike was introduced. This was the first mass produced 4-stroke motocrosser.
2000: The Buckmaster® Edition Big Bear 400 4x4 was introduced. This was the first ATV with camouflage bodywork.
2003: The RX-1 Snowmbile (1000cc, 4-stroke, four cylinder) was introduced. The world's first high performance 4-stroke Snowmobile.
2004: Rhino Side x Side model introduced. Combined performance, terrainability, utility capabilities, and take-along-a-friend convenience to lead the way in a new category of off-road recreation.
2005: Yamaha captures MotoGP triple crown by winning the rider, team and manufacturer titles.
2008: Yamaha wins MotoGP triple crown of manufacturer, team and rider championships
2009: Yamaha Marine Co., Ltd. merged into YMC
2010: Yamaha won the MotoGP "triple crown" of manufacturer, team and rider championship titles for third consecutive year.
2011: New Intelligent Machinery group company established to expand surface mounter sales in Europe and the USA
2013: Yamaha introduces the Yamaha Bolt.
2014: Development of "BLUE CORE" next-generation compact, high-performance engines.
2015: Yamaha Motor Ventures and Laboratory Silicon Valley Inc. (YMVSV) established in the U.S.
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