Most likely, the person whose name is used to refer million motorcycles, he never tried to pass on such.
Torakusu Yamaha died in 1916, and probably never even seen the bike. Yamaha was born in Nagasaki in 1851 and began work as an apprentice wizard, and then became an intern for the production of medical equipment. In 1883, he moved to the city of Hamamatsu, where he had a private practice engineer. The first contract for the repair of school authority has led to the creation of a musical dynasty Yamaha. Venture for the production of musical instruments has been named Nippon Gakki («Japanese musical instruments"), he was successful. As an emblem used three tuning fork. Much time has passed since then, as the company's founder died Torakusu Yamaha, and the company has experienced a strike, earthquake, change of leadership, when its president Genichi Kawakami in 1948 decided to use the remainder of the war the factory for the production of small motorbikes for a prosperous domestic motorcycle market.
While other firms with caution included in the production of motorcycles, the company Nippon Gakki, taking advantage of the benefits of guaranteed funding, worked on the creation of a new motorcycle and engaged in the construction of a new factory in Hamamatsu. Expand the production of motorcycle Yamaha has been named in honor of the founder of the firm.
Nippon Gakki Company built its first motorcycle model based on the DKW RT125. The first motorcycle brand Yamaha - YA1 a 125 cm3 was released in 1955. In the month produced 200 of these motorcycles. The next year was released over a large modification of the class 175 cm3. Motorcycles YA series were in production until the early 1970's.
In 1966, the company released a two-cylinder model YL1, which is standard equipment could reach speeds of 113 km / h.
In 1969, Yamaha introduced a four-stroke two-cylinder model X51 with vertical cylinders.
As for the small-car, it was obvious that Yamaha will produce the same bikes for everyday use as a Honda and Suzuki. Small two-stroke machine with reed valve and frame type scooter brand Yamaha presented V50 and V80 models with automatic two-and three-stage gearboxes.
In 1973, it was replaced long ago produced models come YDS series RD. The series included the RD model classes 125, 200, 250 and 350 cm3. In 1975, motorcycle-RD series were subjected to a cosmetic improvement, which was to tank a more angular shape, new seat and new graphics.
In the late 1970s, a new market of large off-road motorcycles, and in 1977 there was a long-awaited model XT500.
At the same time produced a more traditional four-cylinder motorcycles XJ series with two camshafts located in the head, which included model HJ550 and equipped as the drive shaft and the XJ650 HJ750. As is the case with the model CX brand Honda, Yamaha has equipped the model XJ650 turbocharger and released the XJ650 Turbo with the same technical characteristics as the model with engines larger sizes. Happened yet, what more - better, and released in 1983 XJ900 motorcycle was more accommodating and frankly tourist. It was equipped with two four-cylinder engine arranged in the head of camshaft 853 cm3 as a drive shaft, and air cooling. This concept has proven quite viable, at least, at the end of the twentieth century in shops still exhibited such modifications FJ900 motorcycles with an engine enlarged to 891 cm3 volume capacity of 91 hp. More impressed by motorcyclists made released in 1984 model FJ1100, engine size which was soon increased, resulting in 1986, a model FJ1200.
In 2000, despite the fact that this model has been discontinued, the market for used goods is considered to be one of the best machines for long hiking trips. Machine capacity 125 hp and a maximum speed of 238 km / h provided the four-cylinder engine with air cooling and as a drive shaft. The machine was equipped with a rear suspension with mono shock absorber, alloy frame and fairing cockpit. Since 1991, as an option, even anti-lock braking system ABS.
In 1985, Yamaha has launched an attack on the sport bike market, launching the FZ750.
Yamaha will mark the completion of the twentieth century, the release of three shock series models YZF: Rl and R7 in 1998, a R6 in 1999.
The development of Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd has been very successful and the number of motorcycles produced continuously increased, and in the 80's of last century, motorcycle production reached 20 million units.
Now Yamaha - one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world.