Classics

R-series DNA

R-series DNA

An introduction about the R-series design DNA by our current Japanese designers. Learn about the evolution of the R-series design since the launch of the first R1 in 1998!

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XJR 1300's vintage appeal

XJR 1300's vintage appeal

“In terms of style, we were inspired by the design of the late ‘70s and ‘80s, with simple and pure shapes and authentic materials” says designer Stephane Zache. “The DNA is also racing inspired. Long and narrow tank, dynamic seat, race number plate with intakes… And we thought a lot about the customizing. This XJR is an easy base to pimp!”

SR400: Appeal to the Soul since 1978

SR400: Appeal to the Soul since 1978

The re-launch of the SR into the European market with 400cc may seem odd. However, Yamaha kept this model in production for the Japanese market where it is a cult classic, and with the modern fuel injection it could pass European emission standards again. “We decided to import the SR 400 in small quantities, based on the demand from tuners and special customers” says Product Planning manager Oliver Grill. “It is a true classic. A unique bike that fits today’s trend for high-character motorcycles.”

Ténéré History

Ténéré History

The XT 500 started a trend in 1976, which soon gained a lot of momentum in Europe. Multipurpose enduro became very successful in most European countries. The dream of adventure and reaching far away places culminated in the Rally Paris-Dakar, with Yamaha Motor France playing a pioneer role entering modified XT 500 rally bikes.

BW's: it triggered a whole generation

BW's: it triggered a whole generation

The orginal BW's model has become a desired object for many youngsters (and young at heart customers) all across Europe. It gave a whole new meaning to scooters in the early nineties for the years to follow.

They did it their way: When the big thumper returned

They did it their way: When the big thumper returned

The roaring seventies saw a breathtaking development: faster, bigger and heavier, the motorcycle world seemed to turn around. The dream was made of multi-cylinders with constantly increasing horse power. It was a fascinating development and most manufacturers did everything to boost this mainstream fashion, when Yamaha turned the opposite way. The times in the sixties where big singles touched the heart of enthusiasts were not forgotten!

XT500: Model Evolution

XT500: Model Evolution

Major Model Changes from 1976 until 1990.

SR500: Model Evolution

SR500: Model Evolution

Major Model Changes from 1978 until 1999.

1987: First big supersport

1987: First big supersport

The FZR 1000 Genesis is a milestone model as it marked the transition from 2 stroke to 4 stroke supersport motorcycles. This shift represented a new generation of high performance big bikes, which employed Yamaha racing technology from the track. The first FZR 1000 Genesis, presented to the public at the Cologne IFMA motorcycle show in Germany on September 18, 1986 continued the success of it's supersport predecessors the RD 350 and RD 500. However, the FZR 1000 layout had already made its debut 2 years earlier. The first YZF 750 Genesis endurance racer was entered at Suzuka 8h race and at the Bol d'Or on the Paul Ricard track in France to "race proof" the "Genesis" technology.

FZR 1000: Model evolution 1987-1995

FZR 1000: Model evolution 1987-1995

Modelyear 1987 until 1995 with list of key changes

From FZR600 to R6

From FZR600 to R6

History of Yamaha 600 cc supersport bikes

1988 TDR250 Development Targets: A new Motorcycle Dimension

1988 TDR250 Development Targets: A new Motorcycle Dimension

When Yamaha engineers started the TDR development project in 1985, they were faced with the task of creating a new-concept motorcycle which would break away from the racer-replica trend of the 1980's and, most importantly, reemphasize the "FUN" aspect of motorcycling.

1988 TDR250 Press Information

V-max: 1985 USA Press Information

V-max: 1985 USA Press Information

Horsepower. America's four-wheeled hot rodders have loved the stuff for years. Until now real power's been the exclusive property of guys with blown vee-eights and hemi heads but at last there's a two-wheeled equivalent to the big-inch vee-eights street rod. Enter the V-MAX.

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