IRVINE, Calif.—Anyone considering a motorcycle purchase—any motorcycle of any size—needs to visit an authorized Kawasaki dealership between May 6 and May 8, 2011.  Kawasaki is launching a $250 savings opportunity for purchasers in conjunction with International Female Ride Day, being celebrated on Friday of that weekend.

The first 500 purchasers of a new, not previously registered motorcycle, who register online at www.kawasaki.com/kawigirl, following their purchase, will be awarded a pre-loaded $250 MasterCard debit card.  And to sweeten the offer, Kawasaki will provide the first 50 registrants at the online site with a free Kawi Girl Jacket.

The company will also honor any existing promotional offers that are running concurrently with this program.  Details of any additional savings opportunities are available at www.kawasaki.com.

According to Chris Brull, Kawasaki’s director of marketing communications, “This short-term promotion underscores the company’s interest in continuing to expand the female market, and it will give our dealers added exposure to this important audience.”

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and recreation utility vehicles through a network of more than 1,350 independent retailers, with an additional 8,000 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with 300 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand has become synonymous with powerful, stylish motorcycles for over four decades. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of recreational products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.

IRVINE, Calif. – Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) motorcycle production facilities, located in Akashi, did not sustain any damage from the recent, tragic earthquake centered in the northern part of the country.

However, the company obviously relies on a large number of outside component suppliers and vendors in order to complete and deliver finished products. While normally relying on “just in time” daily deliveries from these business partners, KHI is understandably sensitive to the issues that many of them could be facing as a result of the recent tragedy. KHI will, as circumstances dictate, make adjustments to fit the needs of all concerned.

At this time, no long-term production stoppages are planned for the Akashi plant and Kawasaki plants in Thailand and the U.S. are in full operation.

Obviously, the tremendous devastation that has occurred in Japan, and the subsequent humanitarian issues, must take precedence, but KHI will strive to maintain successful business operations during this difficult time.

To provide support to those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the presidents of all of the U.S.-based Kawasaki entities are collecting donations from employees and forwarding them to the American Red Cross. The U.S. organization will then forward the funds to the Japanese Red Cross, assuring distribution where help is needed most. Individual contributions by Kawasaki employees will qualify for the Kawasaki matching gift program. The Kawasaki Good Times Foundation is contributing $50,000 to initiate the charitable giving
campaign.