October 2012
Issue 35


In this issue, …..
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: a few nice notes

BICYLCES: Why we live here. This is the wine country! And Saturday Andy and I are
riding the GRAND FONDO bicycle ride! I’ll report on that next month. But I have photos and videos to share for this month.

EVENTS: update on the Beemer Bash, Horizons Unlimited, and Maybe just Maybe the IMS winter tour.


PHOTOS: This month we have a lot of photos, Beemer Bash, nice restaurants, Customers motos and more

PRODUCTS AND MORE: A quick overview and refresher on what we have added lately and a few things you may not know about

FACEBOOK / YOU TUBE / NEWSLETTER / SUBSCRIBE: Would like everyone to do this little diddy and tell their friend

HISTORICAL TRIVA: Once again a friend/customer signs in with some strange stuff. True or not it’s interesting stuff and may rub your tickle bone a little


Alan H Toft sends a photo ..... I think he's happy ;-)

-----Original Message-----

From: George Forman [mailto:*******@optonline.net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:53 PM
To: info@rka-luggage.com
Subject: Re: order arrived today

my order arrived today and i am extremely happy with the tank bag. this is the third RKA tank bag i have bought and like the others
it is a very high quality product. It is a real pleasure dealing with such a reputable company such as yours. in this day and age of little or no
customer service your company stands head & shoulders above everyone else
i also ordered and received the X-Grip and Farkle Fingers today. although ihave not installed the X-Grip on my bike yet i am confident that it will hold my iPhone securely through out all my travels. the Farkle Fingers work great and will allow me to use the touch screen on my phone while wearing gloves. i also want to thank you for including, at no charge, a buckle and straps for one of my older RKA tanks bags. i misplaced them and since these are discontinued items i thought the tank bag was headed in the trash but RKA
came through once again. if i am ever out your way i will stop by and buy you guys lunch.

yours truly,
George Forman
Buchanan, NY

From: Craig Lucke [mailto:cnlucke@q.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 12:08 PM
To: 'Richard'
Subject: RE: Your RKA Order-Items Received

Thanks! We received the luggage on Thursday and used it for or trip to Yellowstone this past weekend. Again, Thanks!!!


If you have not figured it out yet Kathy, a lot of our friends and I are avid bicyclists.

I run a camera front and rear on every ride (We sell the DRIFT camera so I have to promote it right? ;-)), well the real reason is for security and what happens if you get into a verbal situation or worse yet, .... contact with a driver or his/her car! If I make it home safely I delete it, If I don’t Kathy knows where the cameras are at.

But we have found the camera is a kick in the butt to have and show folks some of the cool things you may not know about bicycles. Like TANDEMS are stink FAST!, You can get up to some unbelievable speeds in some unbelievable places.

Wonderful day in the neighborhood, Andy and I rode Monte Rio, Hwy 1, Coleman Valley and back to Monte Rio to train for the Grand Fondo at the end of this month. Right after the top of the BIG Climb we literally run into some sheep on the side of the road. So Andy tried to warn the car
coming and this is how he is greeted in the first video. “Sheep and the Finger”.

Some more bicycle Fun …. Then there are these …. The Roller / Tandem Tantrum / Hwy 1 Switchbacks

ycles are FUN, and keep you young and healthy remember I am 65 and the camera is on my bicycle ….. Enjoy.

The Sheep & the Finger
The Rollor
Kid beats up on Old Man
Tandem Tantrum
Hwy 1, The Switchbacks


2012 Beemer Bash
Kathy and I decided to leave the rig at home so we shipped boxes to the fairgrounds and rode our motos up to Quincy Thursday afternoon over Hwy 128 through the Lake Berressa area then from Oroville up Hwy 70 along the Feather river. It was a beautiful day and there were hardly any cars AND the road had just been repaved! With Kathy riding her new hooligan machine what could be better?

We stayed at the “Gold Pan” motel in Quincy for the duration.

Friday morning we went in to the fairgrounds to find our boxes placed in the proper spot in the vendor area. We set up and had a nice time Friday and Saturday speaking with all the folks.

Thursday and Saturday evening we walked to “Moon’s” restaurant and had two fabulous dinners! This place is NOT what you would expect in a small lumber town. The service, food, wine list was very very good and Kathy and I highly recommend it if you are in Quincy.

Sunday morning we had breakfast at the “Thunder Café” which was really good and the service was outstanding A+ from us.

We left town via “Bucks Lake Road” headed toward Oroville. I had not been on this road for maybe 15 years and they had repaved it recently making it another great road to add to your northern California ride list!

This is our loop to QUnicy and back.
Gold Pan Motel
Kathy's new IN-Charge Tankbag
The whole package.
We can do this for you!
Not all play.
We had every thing set up before the crowd got ther.
This is a one way street,
The reversed sign was pretty cool.
One way, this way ;-)
A very Happy Motorcyclist at dinner
Is this not a beautiful presentation or what
Tasted just has good has it looks
No more to say
Just go there!
Breakfast at the Thunder Cafe
Breakfast at the Thunder Cafe
Breakfast at the Thunder Cafe
Politics are everywhere ;-)
Buck's Lake Road and a Thumbs up from Kathy!

Oroville Dam
Horizons Unlimited
The next travel plans take Kathy and I to Cambria, CA to the Horizons Unlimited. This is an event like no other as you can see by the photos. It’s a gathering of motorcyclists that LOVE to travel and share their experiences and information. I will be one of the presenters doing my seminar on Communications Technology.

California - October 18-21! - Additional day added, now Thursday noon to Sunday noon! Cambria, Central Coast near Big Sur. Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, CA is set in 13 acres of Monterey Pine forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Numbers are strictly limited! Registration is open now!


READ ON .... Kathy and Richard have some deals for you for the holidays..........

The Holidays are coming! The Holidays are coming! The Holidays are coming!

PLEASE order your holiday gifts as soon as possible … like TODAY. As I type this at the end of September RKA is STILL 3 to 4 weeks out on product. (Remember we make these textile products right here in our shop!)

In order for all the elves to get things assembled and on Santa’s sleigh they need to start NOW.
AND one of the elves, 20% of the little guys, has already asked for part of November off!! YIKES!


From now until Oct 30th RKA will offer the “Premium Color Option” for FREE. That’s a thirty dollar value!


We also have Gift Certificates just click here: RKA Gift Certificate page.
This is a great way to not worry about getting the right thing!
AND we will give you
10% off on all the Certificates until Oct 30th!!

BUT, Do not wait until October 30th to take advantage of these deals act NOW.


I will be updating the “On Going Sale” page and there will be deals there also on discontinued product and demo products from 2012.

Lastly …… Happy Holidays to ALL!!!


Of course RKA manufactures the entire line if the great functional luggage you see on this website.

BUT some of you may not be aware of all the other products we sell that are related to your motorcycle and our luggage to make your riding experience more fun. SO visit our “Products Page” and take a cruise around the block.

Some of the newer products are …. LIFEPROOF water proof cases , OTTER cases, Interphone cases, DRIFT cameras, Goal Zero solar products.

And has always, Rammount , Powerlet, FRS radios.

AND Adaptiv TPX radar
(This radar detector will go head to head with ANY other detector, at ANY price including the Valentine …. Ask me how I know!)

Also in the communications area we have TOP OF THE WORLD! …. SENA with the Multipoint pairing feature no one else has.
You cannot find SENA at a better price anywhere!.

In order for RKA to get out to more folks in this new world of social media please
Click on the "Subscribe" to our Newsletter link, Facebook and You Tube links above and .....
"Like" us, "Friend" us, "Share" us, "Comment" about us.
We want ALL your friends and all their friends to visit www.rka-luggage.com. TANKS!

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Once there click on the subscribe link.

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Once again my friends in e-mail land sent me another one of those historical trivia thingies.
Just understand I make no claims as to whether or not any of this is truthful, but it is intrestig reading even if it’s made up


Did you know the saying "God willing and the Creek don't rise" was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water? It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return to Washington. In his response, he was said to write, "God willing and the Creek don't rise." Because he capitalized the word "Creek" it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.


In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.' (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)


As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big wig... ' Today we often use the term 'here comes the Big Wig' because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.


In the late 1700's, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The 'head of the household' always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal.. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the 'chair man.' Today in business, we use the expression or title 'Chairman' or 'Chairman of the Board.'


Personal hygiene left much room for improvement.. As a result, many women

and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told, 'mind your own bee's wax.' Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term 'crack a smile'. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . .. . Therefore, the expression 'losing face.'


Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in 'straight laced' wore a tightly tied lace..


Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the 'Ace of Spades...' To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't 'playing with a full deck..'


Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars.They were told to 'go sip some Ale and listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. 'You go sip here' and 'You go sip there.' The two words 'go sip' were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term 'gossip.'


At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in 'pints' and who was drinking in 'quarts,' hence the phrase 'minding your 'P's and Q's'.


One more: bet you didn't know this!

In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which

rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem....how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a 'Monkey' with 16 round indentations. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make 'Brass Monkeys.' Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled.. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey; Thus, it was quite literally, 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.' (All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn't you.) If you don't send this fabulous bit of historic knowledge to any and all your unsuspecting friends, your hard drive will kill your mouse.


This too is about the ships that were from that same era. Sailors who loaded and unloaded the ships with the ship's cargo, better known as a stevedore now (cargo handler), would wait down in the hold of a ship while the loads were lowered down for them to help guide the load to it's final resting place for the voyage. The sailors waiting down in the hold would look up through the hatch waiting to watch the next load coming in from overhead. As they watched the load come through the hold, they would back up into the shadows of the hold, as not to have the load come down on top of them. That area in the shadows is called the "wings" of the hold. Thus, we have the saying "waiting in the wings" (I bet you
thought that saying was derived from acting, didn't you?!).

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See you next month
Richard & Kathy