Thursday, July 8, 2010
New Model Year Husqvarnas on Display at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
by James Holter
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- In addition to celebrating Husqvarna's storied past at 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days July 9-11 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, motorcyclists will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the brand's present -- and future.
On location at the Husqvarna Marque of the Year tent will be a full complement of 2010 Husqvarnas, including the street, off-road, motocross and dual-sport lineups. Plus, select 2011 Husqvarnas will be on display, including the already announced WR150, TE630 and SM630.
"The 2011 Husqvarna line is one of our biggest rollouts in years, and represents the brands return to dominance on the U.S. off-road landscape," said Scot Harden, national sales and marketing manager for Husqvarna Motorcycles NA. "In addition to these exciting, cutting-edge Husqvarna motorcycles, some of Husqvarna's talented off-road stars will be in attendance to sign autographs and talk with fans. We're excited to give motorcyclists a close-up look at the current lineup and a peek into the future."
Among the early release 2011 models is the all-new WR150, which features a chrome-moly frame and a 144cc engine. As an off-road model, it sports lights and off-road-tuned suspension -- a 50 mm Marzocchi fork up front and a remote-reservoir Sachs shock out back. Black Excel wheels accent the sharp Husqvarna red/white color scheme.
The 2011 TE630 and SMS630, introduced in February, are the off-road and supermoto versions powered by Husqvarna's versatile 600cc four-stroke single.
Husqvarna is the Marque of the Year, and legendary desert racer Malcolm Smith is the grand marshal at 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Smith raced into prominence on the brand in the late 1960s and early 1970s, competing in Baja and the International Six Days Trial.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, harescrambles, roadracing and dirt-track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, the Federal Companies/Allied Used Bike Corral, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers' Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.
Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The goal of the Hall of Fame, located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, is to honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame's website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.
For tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see MidOhio.com. For more information about the event, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.