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best yamaha motorcycles ever made

About Our Selections

The only criteria for this list was that the motorcycle be manufacturer by Yamaha. No other criteria were important.

1955 Yamaha YA-1

The first motorcycle from Yamaha, and they hit the ground running.

1975 Yamaha XT500

An enduro that didn't move the benchmark as much as set it for everyone else to match

1978 Yamaha XS-Eleven (AKA XS1100)

Yamaha's first inline four, and they went all out on it

1981 Yamaha XV750 Virago

Yamaha's first cruiser motorcycle which brought a lot of innovation to the segment

1989 Yamaha XTZ750 Super Tenere

A rival to Honda's Africa Twin, built to fill the new niche ADV market

1990 Yamaha YZR500 0WC1

The only non-street legal bike on this list which carried Wayne Rainey to three world championship titles

1998 Yamaha YZF-R1

Do we really need to explain this choice? One of the greatest superbikes ever released, end of story

2009 Yamaha VMAX

To this day the fastest accelerating power cruiser in the world

2015 Yamaha MT-07

The best sport naked that Yamaha has ever made, forgiving for beginners, a scalpel for veterans