For the seventh year, Kawasaki employees and marketing agencies team up to donate thousands of toys to local charity during Spark of LoveKawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. employees and the company’s marketing agencies joined forces to raise funds and toy donations valuing nearly $15,000 for the 22nd Annual ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters Spark of Love Toy Drive.
All toys were donated LIVE this morning on ABC7 Los Angeles, with plenty of Kawasaki employees on hand to show support for the cause. Toys donated included Kawasaki branded ride-ons, bicycles, foot-to-floor toys and much, much more for children of all ages.“All of the toys donated will go to children who live right here in Orange County where our company’s headquarters are based, so it makes sense that our employees would want to give back to their own community. This is the seventh year we’ve participated with Spark of Love and we look forward to many more years to come,” said Richard Beattie, Chief Operating Officer, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.All toys donated during the ABC7 Spark of Love toy drive stay locally and are distributed to children in need by Southern California Fire Departments. To contribute to the Spark of Love toy drive, click here. For a video, visit ABC7 Los Angeles.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!