February 2013
Volume 3 / Issue 39

Winter Dealer Tour Drawing.
For all you folks that signed up for the dealer trip drawing ..... AND THE WINNER IS
Gordon Olson
of the Sacramento area!!


Hi Gang,

FEBRUARY! YIKES! It's going fast and you easterners are getting cabin fever we can tell. ;-)

So another typical month for me and my mechanical abilities …. The under sink easy to do PVC piping job I did failed! Then I decided to change the battery on the moto, The BMW accessories plug does not have black and red wire so when I installed the new battery there was TWO black wires rather than one red and one black. With these left over black wires lying around I decided to suck up and put the bike in the van and have Michael figure it out. Then I traded in my battery sucking Samsung Galaxy for a new iPhone5…the battery on the new iPhone 5 went terminal in 12 hours!! With a little bitching I got ANOTHER NEW iPhone5 …… Lastly I am getting ready to wash the moto for my trip and the center stand decides to break!! …… AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH… OK had a bad month again …nuf about my personal problems ….

FEEDBACK …..We have been getting suggestions from day one in 1985 and contrary to belief we DO listen.

Most of your ideas are great but there are certain things we have to consider here like will it sell to more than a few people and is it going to be functional for more than a few applications.

We like to think of ourselves has the GUCCI of soft luggage, we like to think of ourselves has the GO TO folks if you have an application issue or a communications question. Then we hope you support that by purchasing from us.

But of course we cannot please everyone so if you are one of the unhappy ones because we did not add a coffee maker or portable back scratcher onto our tank please try to understand our position YOUR good idea may not work for everyone else, so hang in there even though you thought your idea was the GREATEST!

SOOOO with that thought we are considering some of your ideas we have set aside in the past.
We are considering a new tankbag for the smaller sportbikes, so this puts the folks out there that have been asking for an even smaller tankbag than our 10 liter bag to the front of the bus.

So what would you like? Let us know and maybe we can design a tankbag that will make the GSXR, R1, ZX10 riders happy AND you.

FEED BACK!!! Let’s hear it!!


Shipping to Canada…..

We have a little deal with Canada called NAFTA since 1994.
There is NOT to be any duty’s or taxes on product “Made in the USA” so if you do get charged duty’s and taxes you should protest. Just remember our luggage is made here but things like the EGO camera, SENA Bluetooth and such are made overseas …. They get you for that.

So Al wrote in answer to a customer’s letter

Hey Richard

If that William in Canada wants to order some more product tell him to have you send it to one of his friends in the US (then they send it over the border as a ‘gift’ or he picks it up from them if they are near the border).

That's why I had you send my BMW bag liners, and my tank bag, to a friend in Tulsa - then I carried them over the border and declared them - totally legal. I have another friend who keeps a PO Box in Washington for this purpose then runs down from Vancouver to pick up his purchases - again, totally legal.

Canadian customs is a drag with large items - they sometimes pass them through a brokerage and it can cost a lot. Small items usually get through without duty - but it's best to pick them up in the US yourself.

Happy New Year to you and Kathy.

Regards … Al


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Next month I will be reporting in!

All about my dealer trip and the products used,

I will report on;

SENA SMH10, SENA SR10, TPX Adaptiv Radar, Ground loop Adapter, LIC EGO cameras, Vega Summit III helmet and fog screen, iPhone5 and the apps used, Farkle Fingers, Goal Zero light, Powerlet, Rammount, Luggage of course.

SENA SMH10R is HERE!!!!! They are on the ground and we should be shipping the PRE-ORDERS this coming week! TANKS to all you pre-order customers that have waited patiently. RKA did start accepting money a little early because of a issue with the product getting on the ground here. We understand it’s ALL GOOD now.

I will report on them and give you all the scope of features, accessories, and funtions.

ALSO do Smartphones and iPhones have a GPS in them or are they using cell towers?

Complete report in the March Newsletter In the mean time go to our "IN-Charge Tankbag Page" and click on
"Example 8 FAQ / APPS / Applications".

This is a work in progress .... no customer stories this month! Come on guys there has to be some frustrated writers out there.

So this month here is a couple of articles you may enjoy. One about a battery managment app and the other about Liquid Image company
which manufactures the new EGO cameras we sell and use. Their main gig is googles for divers and off road with the EGO coming recently.

Click on the image for the full story
Click on the image for the full story


Yes this is a repeat.
We wanted to keep all the new customers in the loop on these NEW products

This is a really cool new product but after looking over the features and the plus and minuses you may not really want this model.
My SMH10 is just fine and the simplicity of it is overwhelming.

We have them in transit and will test it but if you are not sure give me a call and we can discuss it's tentative features

The Liquid Image EGO camera at $179.99 with WiFi and some other cool features is a great entry level camera. Check out the Demo Video.

We will also have access to their “discontinued Camera Goggles”.
They are including WiFi in the new line up and these older goggles are a great value!

If interested give us a call and we will make you a deal you cannot refuse ;-)

Always take a look at our
"Products Page"

LIFEPROOF water proof cases, OTTER cases, Interphone cases, Liquid Image EGO cameras, Goal Zero solar products, Rammount, Powerlet, FRS radios, Adaptiv TPX radar, SENA, J&M, Vega Helmets.

This is something you just HAVE TO HAVE

This is a commercial for hot sauce, be ready for some HOT “R” content


1.Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

3. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal - and someone always answers.

5. Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

7. Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

8. Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!

9. Law of Bio-Mechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

10. Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

11. The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

12. Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

13. Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

14. Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.

15. Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.

16. Oliver's Law of Public Speaking-- A CLOSED MOUTH GATHERS NO FEET!!!

17. Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

18. Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.

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

Ride Safe
Have Fun

See you next month
Richard & Kathy

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