Yamaha Motor Company is a Japanese company that manufactures marine engines, large helicopter drones and other motorized products. They're best known, however, for their motorcycles. Yamaha motorcycles are made, sold and loved around the world. The Yamaha Corporation itself has been around for a very long time. It was founded in 1887 and produced both pianos and reed organs. While these are still in production today, the company has vastly expanded its offerings since its beginnings. It was in 1955 that Yamaha manufactured its first motorized product in Japan, the YA-1 motorcycle. In 1958, Yamaha motorcycles came to the US. They were imported by an independent distributor called Cooper Motors. These first Yamaha brand cycles sold in America were the YD1 and the MF-1.
Yamaha motorcycles are now renowned for their motocross bikes. The first of these was produced in 1975. In 1977, Yamaha Corporation, U.S.A. was founded exclusively for the sale of Yamaha motorized products and to meet the needs of an American market. Today, the company produces a wide variety of motorcycles. Some of the most well-known models include the PW50 Zinger, Raider, Road Star, Royal Star, Star Venture, and V-Star. Yamaha motorcycles have become a classic for many avid motorcyclists.