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. The 80s and 90s Yamaha saw Yamaha grow to become a worldwide giant in powersports. 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-wheel performance. Yamaha is currently the 2nd largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the entire world.
CZ Chains is a famous and storied manufacturer of roller chains, bush chains, silent chains, and special chains for motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs, go-karts, automobiles, and the industrial and agricultural fields. Hailing from the Czech Republic, CZ Chains has been in the roller chain business since 1929 and has since produced nearly 280 thousand miles of chain. The product portfolio currently holds more than 2,000 different types of roller chains and we at Race Driven are proud to be retailers of CZ Chains for Yamaha street bikes. We’ve gathered up the best motorcycle chains to give your Yamaha street bike the ultimate overhaul. Race Driven sprockets are made from OEM quality tempered steel for years of worry-free performance and service. We stock a full assortment of CZ Chain roller chains. Shop online and browse our inventory for the best motorcycle drive chains for Yamaha sport bikes and Yamaha touring motorcycles.