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Kawasaki Puts $315,000 Of Powersports Technology In The Hands Of Student Techs

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute’s state-of-the-industry labs will be outfitted with Kawasaki’s newest products.


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Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. will deliver 36 motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and personal watercraft – valued at more than $315,000 – to Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) campuses in Phoenix and Orlando. MMI is a division of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), one of the nation’s leading training schools for transportation technicians.

“For nearly three decades, Kawasaki has trusted MMI to train the skilled technicians who maintain and service their products across the nation,” said Roger Speer, campus president, MMI Phoenix and Orlando. “This latest contribution of vehicles gives our students the opportunity to train on the very latest Kawasaki products, so they graduate from MMI ready to hit the ground running.”

Kawasaki worked closely with MMI to develop the K-Tech program, which gives students specialized and advanced training in Kawasaki’s specific vehicles and technology. Available at MMI Phoenix and Orlando campuses, the 12-week elective trains students to work on a wide range of Kawasaki vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs, utility vehicles, personal watercraft and recreational utility vehicles, both gas and diesel.

Kawasaki is one of more than 30 manufacturer partners that help design UTI and MMI training programs and outfit campuses with the latest vehicles and the same tools and sophisticated technology graduates will see and use on the job. These partners and their dealers also hire UTI and MMI graduates.


Kawasaki’s most recent contribution to the K-Tech program includes:

  • 21 street motorcycles (e.g., Ninja 400, ZX10R, ZX-14R)
  • 7 Mule side-by-sides (e.g., Mule Pro-FXT)
  • 3 JT1500 Jet Ski
  • 2 KX 450
  • 2 KVF750 Brute Force 4X4
  • 1 KRT800 Teryx4

“We’re thrilled to give the MMI and future technicians the best education on Kawasaki models,” said Patrick Kelly, director, customer and technical support. “These 36 Kawasaki models will add to the curriculum and continue the successful K-Tech Specialist Program.”

For more information on MMI and its state-of-the-industry motorcycle technician training programs, visit



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