Yamaha has been manufacturing various vehicles since 1955. The first three-wheel all-terrain vehicle manufactured by Yamaha was available to the American public in 1980. The first four-wheel all-terrain vehicle was introduced in 1984. Yamaha offered its premier line of Blaster all-terrain vehicles in 1989. This was an on going series of vehicles offered by Yamaha until production ceased in 2006. A large number of improvements and innovations were made on the Blaster during the years this vehicle saw production lines. However, many specifications on Blaster models remained the same throughout the years.
The very first Yamaha Blaster manufactured for sale in 1989 and the last model of Yamaha Blaster was offered in 2006 featured a two-stroke engine with a 195-cubic centimeter displacement. Reed valves were fitted into these single-cylinder engines. Bore and stroke on the engines used in the production of Yamaha Blasters remained 2.59 x 2.24 inches across the decades. Fuel is fed to the engines through a basic carburetor system. Yamaha fitted the Blaster series of all-terrain vehicles with six-speed transmissions.
The wheelbase on the 2006 model of Yamaha Blaster is 43.3 inches. The 2006 Blaster was designed to a 68.3-inch length, from bumper to bumper. Between its widest points, this all-terrain vehicle is 40.7 inches wide. The 2006 Blaster features a seat that rests at a height of 29.1 inches. Total height on this vehicle is 40.9 inches. Ground clearance offered on Yamaha Blasters manufactured in 2006 is 4.7 inches.
The fuel tank fitted onto the 2006 Yamaha Blaster can hold a maximum 2.4 gallons. This Blaster was constructed to a dry weight -- weight of a vehicle without required fuel and other fluids -- of 324 lbs. It features dual-hydraulic, front-disc brakes and single-hydraulic, rear-disc brakes. A double wishbone independent 7.1-inch front suspension and swing arm 7.1-inch rear suspension were fitted onto the 2006 Yamaha Blasters. The very first and last models of Blaster all-terrain vehicles produced by Yamaha employ the same sized tires. They use 21 x 7-10 front tires and 21 x 10-8 rear tires. Instead of an electric starter, Yamaha Blaster all-terrain vehicles were always designed with a kick-start ignition.