Yamaha started the UTV sensation with the Rhino and has reinvented the sport with the five-speed, manual-shift YXZ1000R and the automatic-clutch, paddle-shift YXZ1000R SS. But, Yamaha’s engineering expertise extends far beyond the vehicles we’re most familiar with and includes a surprising variety of other sophisticated products. Here’s a look at some Yamahas you probably didn’t know existed.
TWO-STROKE 250CC HELICOPTER
Yamaha’s two-stroke, 250cc, radio-controlled helicopter isn’t for sale to the public, but Yamaha sells “Unmanned Spray Services,” including a Yamaha pilot using the copter for special spraying assignments, like delicate vineyards. The liquid-cooled copter engine is an opposed twin, with top ends much like a YZ125 motocross bike’s. A 390cc, four-stroke version is also available. Including the rotor, the copter is 12 feet long.
DIRT-TRACK RACER CONCEPT CAR
Yamaha took the 180-horsepower, four-cylinder, six-speed R1 sport bike engine and built a dirt-track race car around it. The chain-drive, rear-wheel-drive car is strictly a concept vehicle, but it shows Yamaha’s willingness to experiment and combine street bike and UTV design ideas. Could there be an R1-powered YXZ1000R in the works?
Look at the attention to power, handling and light weight on every part of the YFZ450R ATV and you can see how Yamaha adapted its performance technology to the YXZ1000R. The YFZ450R SE joins a fuel-injected, double-overhead-cam, five-valve engine with a hybrid aluminum/steel frame and fully adjustable suspension to create a quad that is race-ready right from the dealer.
YZF-R1M MOTO GP-INSPIRED SPORT BIKE
The YZF-R1M’s 998cc, four-cylinder, double-overhead-cam, 16-valve engine makes 180 horsepower, enough to let the bike rip a 2.6-second zero-to-60 time and cover the quarter mile in the high 9s. Its Moto GP-inspired electronics are just as amazing, allowing the rider to coordinate the R1M’s power delivery and traction control to provide slide control, wheel-lift control, shift control, launch control, ABS control and more.
YZ250F MOTOCROSS BIKE
The YZ250F motocross bike represents Yamaha’s purest expression of performance in the dirt.
This closed-course racing machine has no lights or electric starter, only the essentials for fast laps on brutally challenging tracks. A double-overhead-cam, four-valve engine provides a wide power curve with a high-rpm ceiling. An aluminum frame and swingarm help hold the weight to a mere 231 pounds with fuel.
5330cc, V-8, 350-HORSEPOWER OUTBOARD ENGINE
Today’s UTVs are seriously powerful, but Yamaha’s biggest outboard is in a whole different galaxy when it comes to power. This eight-cylinder, double-overhead-cam, 32-valve monster twists out a staggering 350 horsepower. At $32,000, the price is pretty monstrous too. Aren’t you glad UTVs come with engines as standard equipment?
LUXURY SPORT BOAT
If water separates you from your favorite riding spot, Yamaha’s 24-foot luxury sport boat is a fast, comfortable way to cover the distance. Twin 1.8-liter engines supply the power, and a high-end sound system provides a party atmosphere while you travel. Several models are available with prices starting at $72,699.
SIDEWINDER TURBO SNOWMOBILE
Yamaha makes a complete line of snowmobiles, and the heart of its most powerful models, such as the Sidewinder turbo, is a 998cc, three-cylinder, double-overhead-cam engine rated at a staggering 180 horsepower. Essentially a turbocharged version of the YXZ1000R powerplant with a continuously variable transmission, Yamaha’s turbo triple looks like a natural next step for adding turbo power to the YXZ.
Yamaha is a pioneer in electric bike technology and produces complete e-bikes as well as e-bike systems, including power units, batteries and controllers for bicycles from other manufacturers. The sophisticated power units and controllers allow varying degrees of partial pedal power assist or full-powered assist.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT
Yamaha’s first products were musical instruments, and the tuning forks in the company’s logo are reminders of this heritage. Today, Yamaha is one of the most respected makers of musical instruments, music equipment and audio products. From grand pianos, drums and guitars to electronic keyboards, Yamaha makes everything to equip professional bands and music enthusiasts.