Yamaha has been producing motorcycles since 1955, and they appeared on . shores just three years later. Quickly adopted by racers, these great bikes have been winning races at virtually every level for decades. Today, Yamaha manufactures a huge variety of bikes for just about every purpose. Newer riders can choose from the likes of the diminutive C3 scooter, and unintimidating V Star 250 cruiser, while more experienced pilots can opt for the YFZ-R1 sportbike, the YZ450F motocrosser and dozens of other high performance machines. Yamaha is also aggressively adding to its already impressive fleet with models like the dual sport Super Tenere R1-inspired FZ8, and soon their new FZ-09. Yamaha fans can also draw inspiration from its many championship winning racers.