April 20, 2012 |
Sales of on-road motorcycles, which took a beating during the economic downturn, are finally revving up. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, sales of new motorcycles meant for road use and scooters were up 8.8% for the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period last year in part because of unseasonably warm weather and higher gas prices. Scooters alone got an especially big boost - 16.9% over last year. Sales of dual-purpose motorcycles, meant for on- and off-road riding, were up 12.7%.
April 14, 1989 |
In six years of motorcycle racing at its highest level--the world 500cc road racing series--Eddie Lawson of Upland won championships in 1984, 1986 and 1988 riding a Yamaha. During the off-season, in one of the most startling switches in cycling history, Lawson took his No. 1 plate and moved to Yamaha's bitter rival, Honda. Sunday, in the Dunlop United States International Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, Lawson will be trying to win his first trophy in three races on the Honda to go alongside the one he won in the same race last year on a Yamaha.
January 5, 2012 |
From New Orleans — The legend of AJ McCarron has only just begun in Alabama football. You can't be a legend, even when you are playing quarterback for one of the storied programs in the sport, if everybody sees your job as putting a few points on the board between spectacular plays by your defense. You can't be a legend if you direct your team to a total of six points in your biggest game of the year, the 9-6 overtime loss to Louisiana State on Nov. 5. You can't be a legend if your coach says it might be best for a first-year-starting quarterback to be shielded from the media all season during the week, and you agree.
September 7, 1994 |
Crumpled face down in a sand pit at the Misano racing circuit after crashing, tumbling and cartwheeling at 130 m.p.h. in the Italian Grand Prix last September, Wayne Rainey thought he was dying. He heard the roar of motorcycles racing only a few yards away and thought they were going to run over him. He tried to get up. He couldn't. In 24 years of racing, Rainey had fallen many times, but only once before had he been unable to move his legs.
April 6, 2002
Where: 2.3-mile, 21-turn course, California Speedway, Fontana. When: Today, practice and qualifying, 8 a.m.; Yamaha West Region Dealers 100k, 2 p.m. Sunday, practice, 9 a.m.; Yamaha 100k, 3:15 p.m. Supporting races: Today--Superstocks, 60k. Sunday--Supersport, noon, followed by 250 Grand Prix, Formula Xtreme, all 60k. TV: 2 p.m. today, Speed Channel, re-air at 7 p.m.; 3 p.m. Sunday, Speed Channel, re-air at 5 p.m.
July 31, 2008 |
Yamaha Motor Co., the world's second-largest motorcycle maker, cut its fiscal full-year net income forecast 23% because of falling demand in the U.S. for large motorcycles. The Japanese company cut its forecast to 45 billion yen ($416.8 million) from an earlier prediction of 59 billion yen, it said in a statement today. Sales will be 1.72 trillion yen, 6% lower than the initial forecast. Yamaha expects its first decline in operating profit in eight years as consumers in the U.S.
December 7, 1998 |
The new year isn't even here yet, but already the folks at Buena Park-based Yamaha Corp. of America are thinking about what people will want to do with the computers they receive as holiday gifts. Yamaha hopes they'll play games. Really loud games. Yamaha, which is trying to make a name for itself in the computer speakers market, hopes people will want to upgrade their computers' generally substandard speakers.
April 3, 2004 |
Suzuki rider Mat Mladin continued his domination of the California Speedway motorcycle circuit Friday by winning the pole for today's Yamaha Superbike Challenge main event with a lap of 97.230 mph around the 21-turn, 2.36-mile infield course. Mladin, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, won last year's pole and both 100 kilometer AMA championship events en route to a fourth national championship. Mladin will lead the field off today at 3:40 p.m. in the Yamaha West Region Dealers 100k.
October 26, 1998 |
Yamaha Corp. of America's consumer products division plans to make a push into the consumer computer market during the holiday shopping season, trying to extend its brand from keyboards into computer speakers, sound cards and compact disc recording devices. Starting in November, the company will have prominent displays at retailers such as Fry's Electronics Inc.
March 24, 2002
When: 12:30 p.m. today, ESPN (gates open at 7 a.m.) Track: California Speedway, Fontana (two-mile, D-shaped oval, 75 feet wide with a 15-foot apron). Race Distance: 400 miles, 200 laps. Preliminary: Grand American Cup 250, 8 a.m. (89 laps, three-hour time limit). Last IRL Race: Helio Castroneves took charge shortly after a caution flag with 19 laps to go and beat Team Penske teammate Gil de Ferran to the finish line to win the Copper World Indy 200 March 17 at Phoenix. Sam Hornish Jr.