Yamaha will end Japan development of large bikes

TOKYO, JAPAN – August 30, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Yamaha Motor Co. will stop developing motorcycles for the domestic market with 250cc or larger engines in Japan as a cost cutting measure, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported in its Saturday morning edition.

Without citing where it obtained the information, the paper said that the firm will continue to produce bikes, such as its SR400, with those specifications domestically.

In 2010, the company’s main plant in central Japan churned out 179,000 motorcycles with engine capacities of 250ccs, falling short of its break-even level of 200,000 units due to the yen’s strength.

SOURCE: Market Watch

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