It was produced and sold in Japan. The first Yamaha Motorcycles sold in the Yamaha sales office were by Cooper Motors, an independent distributor.
Yamaha International Corporation began selling motorcycles in the USA. Its impact on Motorcycling in the USA was enormous. This was the first Snowmobile with slide valve carburetors. The SR433 high performance Snowmobile was introduced.
Yamaha pioneered the very first single-shock, production motocross bikes. This was the beginning of the YZ Monocross machines that changed motocross forever. The legendary SRX440 snowmobile hits the market and quickly catapults Yamaha to the forefront of the snowmobile racing scene. This was the first production Cruiser built by a Japanese manufacturer.