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.
Cars with front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive with IRS (independent rear suspension) setups, or all-wheel drive and trucks and SUVs with similar driveline and suspension configurations use CV joints (constant-velocity joints) to transmit power to the wheels. ATVs also use CV joints but unlike regular cars and trucks, ATVs can be more susceptible to CV boot damage depending on how they are used and where they are ridden. If a CV boot is split, cut, punctured, ripped or rotten, the CV joint itself will wear out at an increased rate. Always inspect your ATV CV boots as part of every maintenance service and after every off-road ride. Race Driven CV boots are made to meet or exceed OEM and other aftermarket specifications and use high-quality rubber for extended life. Browse our online inventory and find Race Driven ATV CV boots for popular Yamaha models such as the Yamaha Wolverine 700, Grizzly 700, Big Bear 350, and other famous ATV models from Yamaha, as well as Polaris, Honda, and others.