A Show of Metalwork Mastery
Although Yamaha overcame the high hurdles that emerged for manufacturing the beautiful aluminum fuel tanks for the YZF-R1, creating one still remains an ever-present challenge for those on the factory floor.
Hand-Building Engines with Soul
Like a fine watch, each SR400 engine is hand-assembled in its entirety from the ground up by a single craftsman, and even for a worker with highly experienced eyes and hands, the assembly process for a single engine demands a full hour of intense concentration.
The Atelier of the Master Hand-Painter
At the paint shops for Yamaha motorcycles manufactured in Japan, robots faithfully reproduce the various techniques honed by craftsmen of paintwork, and are driving automation of the workplace. However, this doesn’t mean that Yamaha has removed the trained sense of these masters from the equation outright; in this now-automated paint shop remains a small atelier for passing on the skills and techniques for spraying on paint by hand.