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Yamaha Announces 2013 ATV Race Teams

Yamaha Continues to Lead ATV Racing Fielding Championship Riders and Trackside Support
CYPRESS, Calif. – February 26, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has announced its 2013 ATV race team with championship-caliber riders in motocross and cross-country racing.  The clear leader in sport ATVs, Yamaha also continues to support riders throughout the ranks with trackside programs and other benefits for riding blue.  Yamaha has signed Chad Wienen and Thomas Brown to race the AMA ATV MX pro class, Dustin Nelson to compete in the Yamaha QuadX Series and World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), and Walker Fowler to represent Yamaha in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) XC-1 Pro Class. 

Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Celebrates Five Years and 200 GRANTs

Program Awards More Than $375,000 in GRANTs in 2012 to Projects Supporting Safe, Responsible OHV Access to Trails and Open Riding Areas
CYPRESS, Calif. – February 13, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces the fifth anniversary of its OHV Access Initiative, the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs).  Launched in January, 2008, the program has aggressively funded the ever growing and diverse needs of the OHV community in support of its mission of promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable access to riding areas. A few of the highlights of the past five years include:

Yamaha Dealers to offer Contour HD Video Cameras

Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. signs with Contour to sell its Contour+2 and ContourROAM2 hands-free, high-definition video cameras through authorized U.S.
Kennesaw, Georgia, January 15, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A.’s Parts and Accessories Division (YPAD) announces it is selling Contour video cameras through Yamaha dealers nationwide. The partnership helps dealers meet consumer demand for high-quality, easy-to-use and affordable ways to capture their adventures on video, whether on a Yamaha motorcycle, ATV, watercraft, or snowmobile.Yamaha dealers currently are selling the Contour+2 (MSRP $399.99) with Bluetooth connectivity and GPS, the user-friendly and lightweight ContourROAM2 (MSRP $199.99), as well as a variety of rugged mounts and accessories. The ContourROAM2 is one of the simplest cameras to use and features a locking Instant On-Record switch, a lightweight, low-profile design, and it works underwater up to one meter without an extra waterproof case. It has a 270-degree flush-front rotating lens that when coupled with the proper mount offers nearly infinite video angle possibilities. Other features include a built-in laser level, an internal microphone, a still photo mode, a USB connection, a built-in tripod mount, and both the Profile Mount and the Rotating Flat Surface Mount. 

Yamaha Launches “Assembled in USA” Rhino Sweepstakes

More than $11,000 Went to Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed The Children Last Year
CYPRESS, Calif. – January 15, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is giving away a Tactical Black Special Edition Rhino 700 FI to help raise awareness and money for the Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Feed the Children charities. Yamaha’s second “Assembled in U.S.A.” sweepstakes will again raise money through $5 donations when individuals enter to win the new Rhino. Yamaha is starting to collect donations January 15 at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the largest outdoors industry trade show, and online

Best Big Bore Sport ATV of 2012

The Yamaha Raptor 700R
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When it comes time to hit the dunes or trails, we’re looking for power in a great handling package and that means the Yamaha Raptor 700R. It’s been the perfect power and play machine since it was first introduced, and for this year Yamaha gave the mighty Raptor 700 a round of updates. Just to make sure you didn’t miss anything, they also bestowed the “R” designation to its name as well, but what it all means is the best machine in the class just got better.

Best 300cc Class Sport ATV of 2012

The Yamaha Raptor 250
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There has never been a better model for budding sport riders than Yamaha’s beloved Raptor 250.  It’s sporty, it handles excellent, it’s as reliable as your favorite dog, and it looks great.  Even today, despite its size (and ours) we still have a blast out playing on the Raptor 250.  With every ride, the Raptor 250 becomes our personal time machine and it reminds us of what we loved about riding in the first place.     

Best Sport ATV - Playmate of the Year

The Yamaha YFZ 450
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The best ATVs always remind us of one thing: why we began riding in the first place.  For play riding on the trials or the dunes, we want an ATV that offers nimble handling, good power, and sporty looks.  Yamaha has sport ATVs for every size and skill level, but late last year they came up with a unique solution to fill the last hole in their sport ATV lineup. 

Yamaha Motor USA Producing Additional 2013 Utility ATV Models in Red

Late Season “Assembled in USA” Production to Meet Demand for Popular 4x4 ATVs
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 13, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is rounding out its utility ATV line with the addition of 2013 red utility ATVs produced at its Newnan, Georgia, manufacturing facility.  Red versions of Yamaha’s popular utility ATV models should start arriving at dealers before the end of the year and include the Grizzly 700 FI EPS, Grizzly 550 FI EPS and Grizzly 450 EPS. “Yamaha has strong demand from a variety of customer groups – including farmers and recreational users alike – for the red utility models, and we’ve seen our dealer partners ask for them this fall,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS group marketing manager.  “All of Yamaha’s 4x4 ATVs now come from its U.S. manufacturing facility in Georgia, which allows the company to respond more quickly to customer demands while also streamlining distribution.  It’s exciting to see that process in place.”