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News Yamaha celebrates 60th anniversary

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' at netrider.net.au started by NetriderBot, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. Hundreds of people turned out on Saturday morning to celebrate Yamaha’s 60th birthday with a family-oriented roadshow held at Chris Watson Motorcycles in Cessnock.

    “It’s a great privilege,” Watson Said.

    “23 years as a Yamaha dealer and to launch the roadshow at our dealership was a great honour.

    “A lot of people have turned out today and it couldn’t have been a better day.”


    People from all over the greater Hunter Region were treated to a display of vintage Yamaha motorcycles, including the first dual-purpose DT1 and a the first YZ250A – built in 1974, which has been fully restored and is now owned by four-time Mr. Motocross Stephen Gall.

    “I could have restored it to how I raced the bike,” Gall said.

    “I didn’t because I loved the bike how it came out standard.

    “I put it back to standard condition so it would just remind me of those early days when I really got a love for motocross.”

    Fans of all ages also got to meet some of Australia’s best riders, like Gall who have a wealth of experience drawing from MotoGP, WSB and even a few current motocross racers from the current CDR Yamaha family.


    Yamaha and Chris Watson Motorcycles gave away a TTR50 by tagging an Instagram photo. Here’s the winning post.

    A photo posted by Jasmine King (@jazznwill) on Aug 7, 2015 at 7:27pm PDT

    Cycle Torque was invited to film the event, along with the launch of the 2016 YZ450F which is available with limited edition 60th anniversary yellow plastics.

    Yamaha’s 60th anniversary show truck will be on the road touring these classic motorcycles around Australia over the next year.

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