By: news (offline) Saturday, 16 August 2014 @ 09:35 AM ICT
The first Yamaha motorcycle commercially available in Thailand was the Yamaha YA-1. The Yamaha YA-1 was a single-cylinder 125cc twp-stroke that was launched back in 1955.
The Yamaha YA-1 was developed in Japan, and introduced on the market in 1955 when Yamaha developed the Yamaha YA-1, there were about 150 motorcycle manufacturers struggling to compete in Japan's young motorcycle industry, and Yamaha Motors was the last company to enter the fray. At this time, the company had 274 employees working in two single-story wooden buildings that served as factories where they produced about 200 motorcycles a month.
So with worldwide production of only 200 units a month, you can understand that they where not that often seen outside Japan. Thailand was the first export market for Yamaha...