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Yamaha is a 130 year old brand that started as a musical instrument manufacturer and diversified further into various parts of manufacturing industry. Yamaha Motor Company was founded on July 1, 1955 and still operates under the group the owns more than 10% stake in YMC.
The first product from Yamaha was YA-1 that helped them win third Mount Fuji Ascent Race. Yamaha Motor Corporation includes their ATV, Motorboat, Snowmobile, generators and two wheeler business in one. India has witnessed the presence of Yamaha through automobile section only.
Few years after their first bike, Yamaha brought YA-2 and YD-1 for riders who wished for more responsive frame and bigger engine. Yamaha YDS-1 was first Japanese bike to bring a five speed gearbox.
They registered the first victory at Belgium GP in the 250cc section and launched first four stroke engine in 1968 under the name XS-1. As other brands were moving completely into bigger displacement four stroke machines, Yamaha kept the two stroke magic alive with their four stroke options. Yamaha India became a popular name with the introduction of two-stroke lightweight RX series that includes RX100 and RX135.
Things took another sharp turn when they introduced RD350, the most powerful bike of its time in India. It was even a watered down version of actual RD350 of Japan. Yamaha India is popular for their products like FZ and R15 in India, both of which have survived more than a decade of competition.
Not just that, Yamaha R15 Version 3.0’s launch has brought world’s most powerful 150cc bike to India. They retail R series globally with members like R125, R15, R3, R6 and R1. The availability of each one of them depends upon engine based classifications of different countries. They rival products from Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki in India.