Yamaha 60th Anniversary Celebration in Photos

Adam Waheed | August 23, 2015

Last week, Yamaha celebrated its 60th anniversary as a motorcycle manufacturer hosting a party at its U.S. headquarters. Originally a piano maker, the Tuning Fork company expanded into the two wheeled world with its first street bike, the 1955 YA-1. Since, Yamaha has grown into one the largest, and most premium powersports brands, with a expansive and diversified line-up that includes, on, and off-road motorcycles, UTVs, boats, outboard engines, WaveRunner watercraft and more. Check out photos from the event:

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 Four-time 500cc Grand Prix road racing champ, Eddie Lawson takes a photo next to his 1986 championship-winning YZR500.

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Multi-time motocross champion Bob Hannah (right) jokes around on the podium. The 58-year-old racer is one of the more colorful personalities the motorcycle racing world has ever seen.

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Yamaha recognizes its U.S. workforce for the years of dedication hosting a celebration at its Cypress, California headquarters.

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Bob Hannah’s 1979 OW40 was on display. The 0W40 was a one-off works style YZ250 that he used to win both the Supercross and outdoor championships that year.

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The cockpit of Eddie Lawson’s championship-winning 1986 YZR500 500cc Grand Prix bike. This motorcycle featured a exceptionally narrow powerband making useable power between 9 and 12,000 rpm. Also of note is the remote preload adjuster (above the left clip-on) used to modify the shock preload setting as fuel load (weight) decreased.

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Three-time 500cc Grand Prix road racing champ and MotoAmerica front man Wayne Rainey thanks Yamaha for its years of support. Today, Yamaha continues to support the sport with full-factory involvement in the new series.

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Multi-time motocross champ Broc Glover receives a award for his years of service which included three back-to-back 125cc championships (1978-1979) and another three titles in the 500cc ranks (1981, 1983, 1985).

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The Yamaha family of champions pose for a photo. From left to right: Rich Oliver, Mike Bell, Broc Glove, Wayne Rainey, Rick Burgett, Eddie Lawson, Bob Hannah, Jason Raines, Bill Ballance, Ty Davis, and Yamaha’s Keith McCarty.

Adam Waheed

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