Vintage Yamaha Motorcycles
Yamaha wasn’t always a motorcycle company. In fact, Torakusu Yamaha founded the company in 1890 to manufacture musical instruments. But after World War II, the company retooled its plants to produce inexpensive transportation for Japanese citizens. Thus the Yamaha YA-1 street bike was born. This single-cylinder motorcycle, known as the “Red Dragonfly,” was so successful that Yamaha created the Yamaha Motor Co. Three years later, the first...