In 1953, Yamaha, under the guidance of Genichi Kawakami, Yamaha Motor’s first president, began a trial manufacture of motorcycle engines. Venturing a little late into the motorcycle world, Kawakami said, “If you are going to make it, make it the very best there is.” In August 1954, the YA-1, Yamaha’s first motorcycle was finished and immediately put through a 10,000 km endurance ride. It passed and Yamaha was a force to be reckoned.
Today, Yamaha’s line of sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes and race motorcycles is exhaustive. In 1958 Yamaha was the first Japanese maker to compete in international racing, finishing a respectable 6th in the Catalina Grand Prix race. The DT-1, considered Yamaha’s first dirt bike, debuted in 1968 and was a hit selling out its initial 12,000 run.
Kawakami’s motto to be the best certainly applies to every facet of the motorcycle. If the whole is equal to the sum of its parts then it makes sense that every Yamaha part is made to be the very best. You can’t make the best dirt bikes if you don’t have the best parts.
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