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Americade is back, larger crowds expected

Motorcyclists attending Americade 2011 wheel through the village.

Motorcyclists attending Americade 2011 wheel through the village. Photo by Thom Randall.

— New this year is the participation of Ducati Motorcycles, a fabled brand from Italy. Ducati representatives will be offering demonstration rides as well as showing off a full range of their models, including racers.

Also new to Americade is the appearance of Motus sport-touring motorcycles, featuring a transverse V-4 engine.

One change for 2012 is that the annual motorcycle parade up Prospect Mountain will now go down Canada Street to Wild West Ranch, south on Rte. 9 from the village.

New acts include motorcycle stunt demonstrations, including one by two-time World Trials Champion Tommi Ahvala from Finland and his wife — who’s also a champion rider.

Also, the renowned comedian Alonzo Bodden will be presenting shows over two nights. He’s not only appeared on all the top comedy and talk shows, but he’s also an avid motorcyclist.

Dutcher said Americade has seen substantially more advance reservations this year than in the past several years, despite the recent economic turbulence. He said his staff has been promoting and marketing more aggressively than ever to keep the attendance robust. Other national two-wheeled rallies, he said, have experienced declines.

Dutcher said the gate will depend on the weather.

“Mother Nature has her say in the attendance,” he said.

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