August 2012
Issue 33


WOW what a crazy ride this year Kathy and I are finally starting to take a breath.

RKA is actually starting to catch up, and we are now looking at a two week lead time and maybe less for some products.

This photo below is an example of how we are manufacturing. These six tankbags are considered a "run" and the next "run" will be liners or saddlebags etc.
The really cool thing is, is where they are going!! Switzerland, New York, Massachusetts, Australia, Georgia, and France!

The lack of being able to keep store stock on the selves or even deliver product in a timely fashions has made us rein back any events we had planned or were planning. We have not even had display product to show!

Now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel we may decide to go to some upcoming events, dealership open house or club meeting as I always have my seminar ready to go on "communications".

These smaller venues are a big deal to us. If any of you belong to a club in the west and would like RKA to come has a guest speaker let us know!! Kathy and I love to go to smaller events where we can mingle with the folks a little better and maybe even have a beer. I can speak about luggage and communications.

So your guys call our guys and we’ll do lunch.


I have received a bunch more photos from happy customers. So we would like to share them with you again this month.
I'll just say it again. When folks take the time to take photos write us a note and then send them to us, That's just peachy with Kathy and I.

This moto belongs to Dale Taylor of Lisle, Il. What is very special about these photos is one, it's premium colors in navy blue with silver pipping and trim, also it's been many many years since we have made the seatbag in that configuration, this seatbag most be 10 to 15 years old and the tankbag is considered a 22.5 Shiloh Road which we have redesigned into our current 24.5 liter Shiloh Road. THANK YOU for the photos Dale!!

These photos are from Luca in France.
Another very old tankbag this is a 19 liter Shiloh Road!
This configuration was the first wedge shaped bag we did and it did not have side pockets. So this bag morfied in to the second generation 22.5 liter bag above. AND WOW! What about that motorcycle!
These photos were taken at the shop. It's our 21 liter rack bag on the Wunderlich after market rack. So if you have this rack, our 21 liter rackbag will fit!

This customer came to the shop to pick up his premium color 19.5 liter SuperSport tankbag.
While he was there he picked up a few Powerlet parts to install into it and make it a POWERED BAG
Ducati 900SS and another 19.5 liter SuperSport

Yet another 19.5 liter SuperSport! This time on the Triumph Truxton.
Richard -
Here is the tank bag at Grand Coulee dam. We never had to open the top section, but it was exactly what we needed for our 5K mile trip. In Idaho, we had six hours of driving rain, but the rain cover worked perfectly! At stops, it was a breeze to remove and easy to reattach.
Thanks so much for the workmanship and product support.
Best regards,
Dan Krivitzky
Dear Kathy and Richard,
We wish you all a wonderful motorcycle trip. Have a nice day and much fun. We will ride in thoughts Best wishes from Grossaspach, Germany

Andrea and Klaus

From: Dubé,Steve
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:18 AM
Subject: Feedback
Hi , sorry for my bad english , hi received today my liner bag for my R1200 GSA. Let me know they are SUPER. Good quality and fit.
You’re a great seller.
My satisfaction = 100 %.
You can put my comments on your web site.
Steve Dubé
Scooters need luggage also!!! Our 21 liter rackbag fits like a glove!!!
This one needs no photo ;-)
This is different …. This is Kathy’s new hot rod BMW F800R with the luggage from my BMW R1200ST on it.
I am taking the moto over to Roseville (Sacramento) A&S BMW for some work so I just loaded it up with my stuff for the trip.
You see it’s all good, and most everything we manufacture is interchangeable, of course sometimes depending on the make and model of the bike.
19.5 larger IN-Charge communications tankbag. 36 liter Rackbag attached to the grab bars. The LARGE 50 liter saddlebags and the high pipe.


I cannot believe I have not done this configuration before. For the first time I have assembled a XM radio on our communications tankbag for a customer.

Came out STELLER if I don’t say so myself.

Ready to rock & Roll!
Ready to rock & Roll!
Ready to rock & Roll!
It takes a second or two to figure out where everything is gonna go.
I pre-assembled the
Dashboard to make sure everything would fit right. It did!
The customer will use his smartphone for GPS and it will be mounted on the Rammount X-Grip.

I placed Kathy’s iPhone 4s with the Lifeproof water proof case in it for fitment proposes.

The customer is using all SENA product’s to Bluetooth everything to his SENA headsets in his helmet from the SENA SM10 stereo adapter.

This assembly work is about 25% of our business, RKA can sell you almost everything you need for your communications or electrical needs and then put it together for you to make a complete "Turn Key" package. In this case the customer sent me the XM radio and all the mounting hardware since we do not sell XM radios.


I have pretty much weaned myself off my Zumo 665 and am using the Samsung NOTE all the time now for all the features I had on the Garmin.

With just the touch on the screen with my farkle fingers I can change from Navigation screen to the weather radar screen. I can see incoming phone calls on the screen and I have the XM/Sirius app so I can listen to XM or iHeart Radio or Pandora or even my mp3 player in the phone.

The Android Smart phone has it’s little issues, it’s not as easy to maneuver around the screen has the Zumo 665 so I try to make sure everything is set up the way I want it before I take off so there is very little fiddling with the screen. Music on, Navigation set and running, Audio and media volume controls set etc.

The only other real bothersome down side so far is the screen brightness sucks! So I am working on a sun screen for it. Other than that it’s working fine.

Very important …. I have it installed in an OTTER DEFENDOR case which is NOT water proof but it seems to protect it pretty darn well.
See my new video “What’s Waterproof?”.

Here is a list of some of the many many "Apps" for your iPhone and or Smartphones. I will be doing evaluations on these in upcoming Newsletters.

Android Apps : Ulysses Speedometer, CoPilot Live, Sygic, Sirius XM, Pandora, iHeart
iPhone Apps: MotionX, Garmin

Both : Voice Record, Voice talk ON NOTE, Weather App Radar, 3G watchdog

The Ulysses Speedometer app (Shown on the left below )is really a cool one if you want a BIG speedo and you know where you are going with out a map. One of the cool features is you can insert a small speedometer icon on just about any navagation app so you can see the speedo better.
Note the lower left of my screen and you can see it.
Speedo Icon
Examples of navigation app screens and the speedo icon
Examples of navigation app screens and the speedo icon
Examples of navigation app screens and the speedo icon
Examples of navigation app screens and the speedo icon
Examples of navigation app screens and the speedo icon
Examples of navigation app screens and the speedo icon


You may know we already carry the "LifeProof" water proof cases and the "OTTER" defendor cases.
We have added the "Interphone" iPhone4s waterproof case. AT $59.95 it's a bargin considering the other option of a wet and dead phone.
The option shown is for tubular handlebars which include bicycles applications also. They are in stock now but not on the website yet.
If you are interested in this product give us a call. 800 349 1752. We will have a webpage up this next week.


Check out the Schedule on the "Events Page" There are only a couple of events listed at this time but we may just decide to up and go to any upcoming event or dealer ship open house or club meeting as I always have my seminar ready to go on communications

So stay tuned.


For you educators and the educated, I submit the following for your consideration:

The following is an actual question given on a University of Arizona chemistry mid term, and an actual answer turned in by a student. (This may or may not be true however, the answer is worth the read.)

The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well : 

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? 

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. 

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely.. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. 

Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct..... ....leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my God.'


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Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter has much as I did putting it together.

Ride Safe
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See you next month
Richard & Kathy