After being offline for some time, we are now back 'in the air' with a complete re-design of Classicyams.com. Maybe you still might face some hick-ups every now and then - sorry for that, we are working on it!
For our section 'Yamaha Classic Owners', we are looking for stories of other Classic Yamaha enthousiast from all over the world, so please don't hesitate to send us your story and images!
When you look for a model, just type the name, like YDS3, in the top right "search" space, all relevant articles will show up (do not type Yamaha, only the modelname!)
Website "constructed" by Remko Visser, Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.
Sep 6. 2011
Crankshaft data are difficult to come by. Here is a good list for the 1959-1963 engines.
Aug 23, 2011
Tomas Karlsson from Sweden still works on his nice Yamaha YZ608 replica. Here with some delay (sorry) his workshop adventures around making the fuel tank.
Last week Yamaha Motor Company Japan launched a special website to commemorate its 50th year of Grand Prix racing.
Jan 26, 2011
Read the story of Wendy Newton of California, USA. She rode in the "Catalina" Race in December 2010 and became the first ever woman winner in her class! On a Yamaha of course (DT2).
Jan 18, 2011
Dutchman Fried Anepool is the founder of the very large Dutch XS650 Club and (logically) a longtime fan himself. Here he is speeding with his wife on the Assen T.T. circuit in 1989.
Jan 13, 2011
Long overdue I start the New Year with some beautiful pictures of Yamaha's first production motorcycle, the 1995 YA-1 125 ccm Photo's by courtesy of Hiroshi Sasaki.
Jan 3, 2011
Just received Best New Year wishes to all of you from the Yamaha YDS Club Japan and from mr. Hiroshi Sasaki, General Manager of Yamaha's "Communication Plaza"
Dec 8, 2010
Tom Craig from Canada read Stan Nicholson's story (Yamaha TD2B) on these pages and remembered that his brother-in-law Ken has a rather unique Yamaha RD350 Police bike.
Dec 7, 2010
Cor Oomen from the Netherlands has a very rare Yamaha FS1 5-speed motorcycle from 1970. Only 30 units were sold in the Netherlands. Probably the only surviving bike!
Dec 2, 2010
Juha Huusari from Finland tound a practically untouched Yamaha TZR250FIII with the full race-kit. A very rare find nowadays!
Not classic yet, but certainly to be! two of the greatest riders of today in very close fight!
Nov 15, 2010
Mark Roberts from the USA sent this nice story about a Yamaha Classic Enduro Event ;ast October in California. Some guys came from as far as 3000 km away, amazing!
Nov 8, 2010
Some nice clippings about the 1974 Daytona 200 Miles with readable text.
Oct 30, 2010
The Yamaha RD350LC is one of the greatest two-strokes of all times!
Oct 20, 2010
On the website "links" page i have added Jim Lomas' website. Jim makes excellent exhausts already for 30 years. have a look at his site! Links>restoration and parts
Mike Silva from Californiia, USA has two very nice 80 cc Yamaha's, a nice pair to own!
Oct 14, 2010
Tomas Karlsson had a bit of bad luck with his nice Yamaha semi-works replica (Y)Z608 350 cc racer in Denmark. Please read his own words on his continuing story about his bike.
Oct 6, 2010
The Barber Museum in Alabama, USA, is often the place to visit if you want to see spectacular motorcycles, also Yamaha's of course. These shots are from a 2008 Show: Jim Crume added some nice period pictures of "King Kenny" himself with the bike.
Sep 27, 2010
Stan Nicholson from Ontario, Canada still rides his Yamaha TD2B from 1972 and proudly carries the Number 1# plate! Stan and his wife Pat visited us a few weeks ago and told me that the nice camper behind him is not his, but he would love to have it!
My Yamaha MF1 (1961 model) is ready! It has taken only 2 years to get it back on the road. Here is part 5 of the story about my little moped.
Sep 23, 2010
Rienzie Muthupulle from Sri Lanka has a good, original Yamaha RD(RX)250. Proof that this website is read everywhere!
Aug 17, 2010
Richard Tracey, who has been featured regularly on these pages, is building a new Yamaha "Special", based upon a Yamaha TD1C, but with muuuuuch better handling and steering!
Aug 17, 2010
Rolf Fritzsche from Germany was very lucky. He found a very complete Yamaha AS-2 in untouched condition. A bit of cleaning and he has a perfect bike!
Mark Cowdery from England finally found a Yamaha YD1 250 cc in pretty good condition. It is much rarer than a Bugatti Veyron! And it is more than 50 years old!
Aug 9, 2010
This picture I just received from a true enthusiast, about him later. It is the most intrigueing picture i have ever seen. It "breathes" the atmosphere in those early Yamaha racing years in Japan.
Aug 6, 2010
The Yamaha Trailmaster is practically unknown outside the USA, here is the brochure of this 80 cc machine.
July 20, 2010
I received a great picture last week (details later). Yamaha's first production twin, the YD1, on the assembly line in Japan. A truly historical picture!
July 19, 2010
Luca Bali, Webmaster of the "TZ Club Italia" likes your attention to their new website. With your "Google" bar you can translate the site easily. Lots of information!
July 16, 2010
Yamaha race fan Warren Warner from Wisconsin, USA, found this great article about a race between a Yamaha racer and a Helicopter over a closed circuit. Nice reading!
July 14, 2010
An excellent source of parts for street and racing bikes might be: www.classicracing.nl.
You find the new link on the link page: HERE! A must for all of you!
July 14, 2010
Guy Reynolds from Yamaha US (Kennesaw, Georgia) was so kind to send this fantastic picture of one of the earliest Yamaha riders in the US, Roxy Rockwood.
June 6, 2010
Colin MacKellar has written a new Yamaha book, a real handbook for the Yamaha fan.
ISBN number is 978-1-84797-163-0.
March 23/April 2, 2010
After the Yamaha YGS1 Paul Simmonds from the U.K. quickly restored a Yamaha RD250DX 1977 bike in just 2 months! That guy is very, very quick! Look at the results!
March 23, 2010
This week we go to Bavaria, Germany! Stefan Edmueller built from scrap parts already back in 1985 a Yamaha TX750 Cafe Racer! It is fast and very reliable too.....!
March 9, 2010
George Taylor, who is 71 years young, went to Daytona for the 51st time !!!! But this was his first time as owner, so not as a rider. Read his fascinating diary! George added his boat-racing career and his ultimate achievement during the Daytona 2000 races!
Here is George (2nd from the left) with from the the left: Nigel, Marty Lunde, Chris Spargo (George's rider this year) and Chris' Mother and Father.