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Kawasaki Named 2011 VMD Marque of the Year

Kawasaki Named 2011 VMD Marque of the Year

The American Motorcyclist Association will honor Kawasaki as Marque of the Year for the 2011 Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 22-24 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The 2011 Vintage Motorcycle Days will recognize Kawasaki’s 45 years in the U.S. market with a look at some of the company’s iconic models including the 500cc Mach III triple and the 900cc Z-1. Demo rides of current Kawasaki models will also be available. Kawasaki riders will also get access to a Kawasaki-only parking area and an invitation to join in a special parade lap of the Mid-Ohio track.

“Kawasaki put the ‘Good Times’ in motorcycling from the very beginning, and has become a world icon,” says Rob Dingman, AMA president and chief executive officer. “We are really pleased that attendees at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will see firsthand the company and the people that brought us incredible machines like the Samurai and Avenger models, then the Mach III triple and the 900cc Z-1, all the way to today's Ninjas, Concours 1400s and Vulcans.”

Kawasaki’s U.S. racing heritage including its several AMA championships, both on- and off-road will be a big part of the event. Kawasaki will also showcase its Team Green amateur racing program, now in its 30th year of support for young racers in the U.S.

“This event is one of the industry’s best opportunities for a brand to cement its historical relevance with the motorcycling community, and Kawasaki is honored to be able to build a performance bridge between its early days and the present,” says Chris Brull, Kawasaki director of marketing communications.

Two Kawasaki motorcycles, a restored Z1 and its new Z1000 will also be given away at the event.

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