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.
Making Large Parts Lighter and More Beautiful
At our aluminum casting worksites, dynamism and delicacy go hand in hand. Everything must be carefully controlled to maintain a delicate balance. Using the latest in casting analysis technology helps ensure each process is optimized.
The “Industrial Pottery” Creating Wheels That Are Thin, Strong and Tough
The Yamaha SpinForged Wheels on the new MT-09 were created using a newly developed flow forming process, and as a pioneer in the casting of lightweight aluminum alloy wheels, Yamaha is again opening the door to a new realm of motorcycle chassis manufacturing.
For a Sheen Communicating the Intrinsic Qualities of the Metal Itself
The new Crystal Graphite color was meant to create a sheen heavily emphasizing the metal’s innate qualities, with the semi-gloss finish making the engine’s various surface treatments appear even more beautiful.
Ensuring the Precision of Parts That Disappear
Although cores play a critical role in the casting process and directly influence the quality as well as performance of the final piece, said final piece bears no sign that the cores ever existed—they are “disappearing parts.”
A Constant Clash with Steel to Reach Greater Heights
The MT-09’s fuel tank is composed of complex, interwoven lines and surfaces that create a unique visual character. Fully tapping into the innate qualities and characteristics of the steel plate forming the tank, Yamaha ensures its safety, design appeal and functionality all meet high standards. It is a constant clash with steel to reach greater heights.