Yamaha is at the forefront of modern street and off-road performance with their lineup of touring motorcycles, speed bikes, motocross bikes, sport ATVs and side-by-sides but would you believe that the company began over 130 years ago in an entirely different field? In 1887, a watchmaker and machine repairman named Torakusu Yamaha built the first Japanese-made reed organ. This soon led to a full-scale manufacturing operation that produced pianos, harmonicas, xylophones, drums, and guitars and the quality of these instruments rivaled or exceeded those of the long-standing traditional manufacturers in Europe and the United States. This ethic was carried over to motorcycles when Yamaha Motor Company was formed in 1955. The first Yamaha motorcycle was built in 1955 as a copy of the German DKW YT 125. The Yamaha YA-1 was a born race winner, racking up a victory in the 125cc class at the Mt. Fuji Ascent, and then claiming the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd podium spots at the 1955 All Japan Autobike Endurance Road Race. Yamaha’s motorcycle sales and production boomed throughout the 1960s and they began to overtake such storied marques as Triumph, BMW, and Harley-Davidson not only in race wins but also in global sales. In 1980, Yamaha created their first ATV for the United States market called the Tri-Moto. It was an instant success and was soon followed up in 1985 with the company’s first 4-wheel ATV, the YFM200 Moto-4. The 80s and 90s Yamaha saw Yamaha grow to become a worldwide giant in powersports. ATVs such as the 1987 Banshee, 1987 Big Bear 350, 1998 Grizzly 600, and 2004 YFZ450 and motorcycle innovations including the 1983 FJ1100, 1985 V-Max 1200, 1996 Yamaha Star Cruiser, 1998 YZ400F, and 1999 Venture Royale helped cement Yamaha’s legacy as one of the premier names in 2 and 4-wheel performance. Yamaha is currently the 2nd largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the entire world and they lead the world in powerboat and personal watercraft sales.
Suspension bushings are used to provide a sort of cushioning between two metal objects while allowing only a certain amount of movement. Over time, rubber bushings will wear out. They can shrink, crack, or start to dry rot. This severely decreases (or, in the worst case scenario, completely eliminates) the bushings’ ability to absorb shock energy and vibration, which can lead to steering slop, poor wheel alignment, and other serious drivability issues. ATV bushings are vulnerable to worn bushings from the style of riding and the environments they endure. That’s why we at Race Driven have developed a superior series of heavy duty polyurethane bushings for Yamaha ATVs. Polyurethane bushings replace the stock OEM rubber bushings supplied by Yamaha. Polyurethane does not rot or experience the same degradation as rubber; it’s stiffer structure also helps to improve steering feel and accuracy. Race Driven A-arm bushings are made to far exceed typical OEM and OEM-type rubber bushings. Upper and lower A-arm bushings include bearings to maximize the handling performance of your Yamaha utility ATV. Browse our online inventory and find polyurethane Race Driven bushings for Yamaha Rhino a-arm, Yamaha Grizzly 700 knuckle bushings, and other Yamaha ATV bushing and bearings.