January 2013
Volume 3 / Issue 38




Kathy and I hope Santa was good to you this year.

We were so lucky to have family come to our house this year. Kathy decided to invite everyone over to OUR PLACE this year. It was a BLAST! My Mom, Howie, my brother and sisters, cousins, nephews, neighbors and friends all came over and we had a blast! Way to much food and drink and now I’ll have to pay for it on the bike and in the gym. ;-)

From the beginning of doing this Newsletter gig I have been trying to make it easier on me by inviting you all to send us stories to post. I have dropped the ball and not mentioned it for a while sooooo for the New Year we have a column called “Story of the month”.

Wayne Bonkosky has contributed the first story in this month’s Newsletter.

Now don’t let me down! Let’s have all you frustrated writers submit a story or two. Too many is better than not enough I can always put those on the back burner for the next month so get busy!!! Remember send lots of photos also.

Richard will be touring to dealers in California, Nevada, & Arizona this month so check out the schedule and stop by!

We have some new videos and if they say a picture is worth a thousand words you should enjoy these at 29 frames per second ;-). One of them is pretty personal; Richard shares his AFM racing experience with you in "The Last Race". If you visit our YOU_TUBE page there are a few other videos highlighting some of the friends and racers during a fun practice trackday in 2003.

This has been another one of those BAD computer months where another computer bit the dust and I lost a lot of email correspondence and files!! YES it was MY main computer at my office desk!

Do not EVER let the Gnome on the other side of the screen see you NOT back up!! He will BITE you and you will be doomed forever. The hard part was I am not good at how to backup “Outlook” I like the program but I wish it was networkable! : -(

Don’t forget to check out the SALE ITEMS, AND my new primary care physician under “FUN STUFF”

Ride Safe



From: William [mailto:william.@se-----.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:26 AM
To: Richard
Subject: Feedback on bright pink bag liners and tankbag for K1200LT

Hey you guys did a fantastic job of the bag liners and I can’t wait to see my wife open her presents at Christmas. The tank bag looks excellent as well.

You did especially well to get a custom order away so quickly so thank you very much indeed.

I only have one issue and that was the UK Borders import duty for the delivery which cost me another $105.00 !! That is a very high proportion of the order value and is putting me off ordering liners for the topcase and carrier for chrome luggage rack. Is this an issue you have encountered before and is there a way round it (such as not declaring the full value of the shipment) or is that illegal? Ha ha

Anyway, great product line, excellent service and response time and I cannot wait to be away on the bike fitted with your products come the spring time. Have a great Xmas holiday you two.

Cheers, Bill

RKA's response...

Hi Bill,

YIKES! We know there is additional import duties and taxes but I have never heard of a charge that much!!!
We DO have to declare the true value, if we do not and get caught we are screwed! : -(

Our usual issue is with Canada as we have a free trade agreement with them and sometimes the duty officer did not have a good night and bangs the customer and then we have to protest.

We ship to Europe almost every day and get very little feedback like this.
Seems like over 30% tax ….. If I were you I would look into that charge a little deeper, it does not seem correct!

Happy Holidays


NOTE: AT this time RKA is not sure about the costs of import duties and taxes but we will try to look into this.


Once you start a video you can use the controls at the bottom of the video to adjust the volume and size of the screen.
Press release.
New Video.
Learn about the
Sonoma Series Tankbag
New Video
Learn about the
IN-Charge Series Tankbag
Visit with Richard
During his
January Dealer Trip
Schedule below.
Richard shares his AFM roadracing
experience with you with
"The Last Race"
Learn about the "EGO" Sport Camera
with WiFi, from Liquid Image.
At $179.99 it's a STEAL!


RKA January 2013 dealer trip.
Come on out and visit Richard and your favorite dealership in January.

RKA is starting its 28th year manufacturing motorcycle luggage in Sonoma County California
I will give a presentation on RKA’s range of products, features, installation applications.
I will arrive on my BMW R1200ST fully loaded with luggage and by complete communication system.
MADE IN THE USA, RKA manufactures the most functional, inventive, beautiful luggage on the planet.
Tankbags, Saddlebags, Rackbags, Seatbags, Hardbag inner Linerbags, Toppers, and can be ordered in premium colors.

Ever want to know how to setup a communications system that works?
Intercom, bike to bike, CB, FRS radios, GPS, iPhone, Smartphone, XM, MP3 music, iHeart, Pandora
Richard will show you how these devices can be installed and how to integrate them.

One piece of RKA luggage of your choice a possible $370.00 value
Drawing will be held on Feb 1st after our 18 dealer trip.

Date Day Time City Dealer Name Address Phone

01-22-13 Tuesday
10:00 AM
Roseville A&S 1125 Orlando Ave 916-726-7334
01-22-13 Tuesday
12:30 PM
Modesto Cycle Specialties 1201 N Carpenter Rd 209-524-2955
01-22-13 Tuesday
3:30 PM
Fresno BMW of Fresno 5615 E Westover 559-292-2269
01-23-13 Wednesday
10:00 AM
Bakersfield Valley Cycle & MS 3917 Buck Owens Blvd 661-324-0768
01-23-13 Wednesday
3:30 PM
Ventura BMW MC of Ventura 830 Tourmaline Dr 805-499-3770
01-24-13 Thursday
9:30 AM
Winnetka West Valley Cycle Sales 20212 Saticoy St 818-341-7221
01-24-13 Thursday
11:30 AM
Los Angeles BMW of Hollywood 6525 Santa Monica Blvd 323-466-7191
01-24-13 Thursday
4:00 PM
Long Beach Long Beach BMW Motorcycles 2125 E. Spring St 562-426-1200
01-25-13 Friday
10:00 AM
Orange Irv Seaver Motorcycles 607 W Katella Ave 714-532-3700
01-25-13 Friday
12:00 PM
Pomona Brown Motor Works, Inc 885 W Mission Blvd 909-629-2132
01-25-13 Friday
2:00 PM
Riverside BMW Motorcycles of Riverside 7740 Indiana Ave 951-353-0607
01-29-13 Tuesday
10:00 AM
Escondido BMW Motorcycles of Escondido 499 North Hale Ave 760-520-1288
01-29-13 Tuesday
12:00 PM
San Diego San Diego BMW Motorcycles 5673 Kearny Villa Road 858-560-2453
01-30-13 Wednesday
10:00 AM
Chandler Victory BMW 1701 N Arizona Ave 480-899-9113
01-30-13 Wednesday
12:00 PM
Scottsdale BMW Motorcycles of Scottsdale 15500 N Hayden Rd 480-609-1800
01-31-13 Thursday
10:00 AM
Las Vegas BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas 6675 Tenaya Way 702-454-6269

Now this is what we are talking about in my editoral! ........

Richard and Kathy;

Thought you might like to see this picture/story I put together about the first time I took my 1975 Honda XL250 to the desert.
Notice, too, the RKA pack mounted on the back. I finally wore that thing out and that's why I needed a new one! Great product; thank you; keep up the good work!


Click on the images for a larger photo
Dear Friend, Relative, or Current Occupant;

Just back (Oct. 1-6, 2009) from the Mountaineers MC annual Octoberfest campnride in the Nevada desert, this year near the lithium mining works at Silver Peak, NV, and within riding distance of lots of interesting sites. The old gold boomtowns of Goldfield and Gold Point, for example, and alfalfa-growing Fish Lake Valley; hot springs in several places, sand dunes, and lots of abandoned mining works and camps. Also this year my riding buddy, Ray Bennett, and I both faced machinery challenges because we both had new, un-desert-tested bikes; Ray an 03 Honda 230cc that had been thoroughly upgraded by the 1st owner, and me with a 1975 Honda XL250cc that I bought in May of this year, with 1268 miles on it, that I more-or-less resurrected for street and desert use. Neither of us knew just how these machines would perform out there, and I especially didnt know if my 34-year-old motorcycle would keep running thru hard use on long gravel road trips in trying conditions. Im relieved to report that the old Honda ran like a Swiss watch for the whole 386 miles I rode it, 90% of which was on gravel roads from very good to pretty damn bad condition.

The pictures:

1) This is our camp on Thursday evening. We were, as hoped, completely isolated out here, nine miles from Silver Peak. Nobody other than club members came by or into our camp the whole time we were there. Notice Rays Toyota motorhome a little off to the left of the camp. When we tried to park with the other guys in their huge palaces on wheels, it was suggested to us that they had no intention of letting their property values drop by us moving into the neighborhood! Nah, not really; it was just more convenient for us to park over there.

2) On our first day there, the former Club Scoutmaster, TallFrank Dickinson, had organized and laid out what he called an Old Farts Group Ride and we actually believed what he said about it being a nice, easy one. A clue should have been that one of the older, very experienced riders (Norm Smith) had been damaged a bit on Franks easy ride the day before. The picture shows some of what we faced, which is sand roads from shallow and wide to deep and narrow. Deep sand is hard to ride a motorcycle in because the best way thru is on the power at 30mph to kind of hydroplane it, and even that can be pretty scary. Well, because of turns, rocks, erosion ruts, or just plain ol guts, maintaining 30mph is not always possible; then the bike is shaking its head and wiggling its tail and that makes it hard to get the damn thing to go where you want it to go. I flopped the Honda three times in the 3 days we rode, luckily always at low speeds, in soft sand, and didnt damage either myself or the bike.

3) Hows this for a cabin with a view! OK, so ya gotta use an outhouse, but still... Notice Ray waving in front of the place, and our scooters and the road we came in on.

4) This is probably the most complete abandoned mining camp in the area. The patriarch of the family that owned it clearly loved to weld and had a paranoia about theft or else simply a desire to leave a mark of his passing on everything because almost all the steel material around the site that was thick enough to arc weld had his first name or the family name on it. And written on the outside wall by the front door is a record of his arrival, with mileage, from his home in Bishop, CA, about 60 miles away. The earliest one I found was 2-5-51, and of course the cabin was built by then. The dates peter out about the mid-90s.

5) An example of the welding the man did is this work over the entrance to one of the mineshafts in the immediate area. Interesting sentiments, dont you think?

6) Here I am in the front room of the house relaxing in the big easy chair in front of a roaring (imaginary) fire. It must have been nice in its day. The owner even had guests paint their names on the 1 x 6 boards of the front room ceiling and there were quite a few of em.

7) Then on Sunday, the last day we rode, we went over to the old town of Gold Point, Nevada. Briefly, the town, or at least the townsite, started about 1868 with mineral discoveries but supplies and water were scarce and Indians were not. There was a fair amount of mining activity that flourished in the early part of the 20th century with a big gold strike in 1927 with activity continuing into the 60s. Then it faded quickly and emptied. GP is now a touristy kind of place where all the old cabins are privately owned but can be rented for a historic vacation. If youre interested, go to their website www.goldpointghosttown.com. This is one of the maybe 40 or 50 old buildings and your guess is as good as mine about what that gold dust on the front is supposed to represent.

8) I had been to GP before so while Ray wandered around town, I stopped in this small business for a cup of coffee. Well, the waitress was just a model of efficiency, boy, and Starbucks could learn a few things about marketing from her, fer shure. I mean, talk about (Very!) friendly, personalized service!

9) So, the weather had been threatening since dawn and wed heard about snow storms in the Sierras to the west of us, but while we were in GP the wind picked up and it got colder and then we started back to camp. It was dirt roads all the way and, whats more, over Railroad Pass, which is 6385 elevation, which is about where we ran straight into a snow squall. I stopped just as we were about to enter it and took this picture. Then we rode into it and it was a cold-ass bitch, believe me. I had to keep swiping the snow off my helmet visor with my gloved thumb to see where I was going. I was a little more adequately dressed than Ray and I got so cold I had trouble getting off the bike back in camp. Poor Ray damn near froze.

10) This is moonrise (yes, thats the moon!) over camp on Sunday evening after most of the guys had left for home. This is maybe two hours after we got back from GP and thru the snow. The elevation of our camp was about 4,500 in high desert so the weather can change very quickly. The storm clouds had moved on but it was still pretty cold.

I realize this is a long story, but 386 desert miles covers a lot of territory and we saw lots of things. Thank you for hanging in there; hope you enjoyed it.

Wayne Bonkosky

PS: Im a little embarrassed to admit I came home with half the beer I took out there and all the cigars. Gawd, am I gettin' old or what!

PSS: After Ofest Casualty Report: We unfortunately suffered a few casualties during the Fest from several guys with cracked ribs and a broken sternum, and others with pulled leg muscles, to the young guy who launched himself over the sharp ridge along the top of a sand dune, had the bike stop dead when it landed on the steep far side and pitch him downhill over the handlebars. He was separated from his riding buddies when it happened and it took them three hours to find him. An ambulance from the Silver Peak lithium mine took him to Tonopah 60 miles away. There they told him he was too severely hurt for them to care for and they had to airlift him to Las Vegas. As I understand it, he broke both wrists, his collarbone, and several ribs, but the big fear was pneumonia. I heard from Scoutmaster Dave Fedor that he was only hopitalized for a couple days and is now resting at home, no doubt carefully reconsidering his riding style.

Wayne also has a paperback out called "Getting it Sideways", you can reach him at "waysam@sbcglobal.net"


Things we do not sell but love them and the folks that do sell them.
Give them a shout and say hi for us

We are still taking PRE ORDERS for SENA SMH10R! Just call or drop us an email and get yours on order.
info@rka-luggage.com , or call 1-800-349-1-RKA (1752)

They have said FEBUARY for a tentive release date but HEY! get in line so you get one of the first batch!

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. for sure I have one on order and will test it but if you are not sure give me a call and we can discuss it's tentative features

Also 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 ;-)

all of the following can be accessed from 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.

To order any of the SALE products below call
1-800-349-1-RKA (1752)

Kathy has a deal
Her 9 liter (yes 9 liter) prototype tankbag is for sale. It was designed and used by Kathy a few times untill we decided to make the Control box uniform and raised the height of the 10 and 13 liter bags just a tad.
We usually destroy prototypes when they are not production spec, but this one is pretty cool and we though someone my enjoy it.

MSRP: $299.99 ..... SALE: $249.99

1080GPS with Contact view included
MSRP is $150.00 to $400.00
These are all USED
and sold as is.

Contour PLUS

NEW J&M universal
Bluetooth headsets

MSRP: $299.99
SALE : $150.00
NEW J&M Dongle

MSRP: $69.99
SALE : $29.99

DEMO InterPhone F5 &
Handle bar controler

Interphone F5 Dual system MSRP $499.99
Interphone Remote control MSRP $129.99

TWO headsets & Controler

Nolan 102 helmet (Med, Burg)
with DEMO J&M integrated Bluetooth headsets

When this system was new
the helmet was over $350.00,
the J&M system retails for $439.99.
That is almost $800.00 value but it's old and used
So give us
and the whole thing is yours.

Also there are always sale items on the "On going sale page"!!!


Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two body, your ratio two to one.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?

Q : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Oh no! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!

Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans...
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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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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