PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The American Motorcyclist Association has named Kawasaki the 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Marque of the Year. Vintage Days will be celebrated July 22-24 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
"Kawasaki put the 'Good Times' in motorcycling from the very beginning, and has become a world icon," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "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.
"With Kawasaki as our 2011 Marque of the Year, we're bringing the good times to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in a big way," Dingman said.
Recognition for the company as AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Marque of the Year will include interactive opportunities for attendees to be immersed in the brand's history, as well as providing a chance for licensed riders to demo current Kawasaki motorcycles. "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," said Chris Brull, director of marketing communications at Kawasaki.
The OEM will host a "Kawasaki City" at the Mid-Ohio venue and will exhibit many of its groundbreaking models, including the 500cc Mach III triple and the 900cc Z-1, recognized as the industry's first true superbike. Kawasaki riders attending the event will enjoy special perks, including a Kawasaki-only parking area and the chance to participate in a special lap of the Mid-Ohio track, according to Brull.
Kawasaki will also showcase its Team Green amateur racing program, currently in its 30th year of providing support to young racers around the country. The winner of two Kawasakis -- a restored, classic Z1 and a new Z1000 -- will also be announced at Vintage Days. Tickets are still available, with a $5 suggested donation per ticket to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame for each chance to win. Call (614) 856-2222 or visit MotorcycleMuseum.org for more information.