A brief history of Yamaha bikes
Yamaha was a relative latecomer to the motorbike world, with the bike division of Yamaha only established in 1955. As with many of the world’s leading bike manufacturers that are still around today, it was motorsport that helped establish it as a brand.
Yamaha wasted little time and in their first year of production won the important Mt Fuji assent in the 125 cc class.
With Yamaha a name in the Japanese market, it took a little longer to break into international competitions. It wasn’t until 1963 when Yamaha’s persistence paid off with victory in the 250cc class of the Belgium Grand Prix. Sales of road bikes soon followed and international expansion began in earnest.
1998 was a big year for Yamaha with the launch of its YZF-R1, acclaimed by many as one of the best supersport models of its generation. The R1 brought the best of race-bred engines together with leading chassis technology for bikers, with many seeing it as one of the best high performance bikes on the market.
Today’s range, which also includes tourers, roadsters and even cruisers, continues to appeal, making Yamaha one of the most popular bikes on UK roads.