May 2013
Volume 3 / Issue 42


From the desk of the Editor

Hi Gang,

WOW !! What a great 5 days we had at Sonomafest 2013!
BUT I did not plan ahead for the newsletter! I should have had it done way before the 1st.
Well I did not and from the 1st to the 5th Kathy and I were totaly involved in SonomaFest 2013.
Kathy's first Trackday with her new baby the F800R .... Photos & Video to follow..... Then Vintage and AFM racing
and finally the RKA/Sonoma Raceway Wine Country Ride.

STOP! … Right here I want to acknowledge both some folks and business.

Jenah Smith, Jere Starks at Sonoma Raceway, for their HARD WORK in putting this weekend together
Steve Sommer, Gerardo Hermosillo, my best friends for their help on the ride.
Marco & Carlos at the “Inn Of The Tides” for the personalized motorcycle parking and the great service & meals.
Andrew Vasquez at Liquid Image and his help with the many EGO cameras used for the trackday and ride (Teaser Video Below)
Jere & Jenah for TWO 3J's Trackday certificates!
Wayne Chen for the TEN $100.00 Gift Certificates from ADAPTIV
Rick Grassadonia for the SENA gift of a Bluetooth headset
John Martinelli of MOTOCHELLO for his gift.
Jeanne and the crew at VEGA HELMETS for a Jacket and Helmet gift.
With the added gifts from RKA we had almost $2,500.00 worth of bling to give away!!!

Then Monday the 6th it was unload and put the show room back together,
assemble luggage, shipping, answering the phone, the next few days were crazy and the motos are STILL in the Sprinter! and it's the 10th already!
So I am going to call this months newsletter a blunder of the non thinker .... ME.
I will present a full report next month with viger ... For now I will report on a couple of NEW things in the mix and then tease you with some teasers below

Kathy and I decided to design a tankbag for SPORTBIKES and we came up with a whopper!
The really cool thing is some of the GTL riders have been hounding us for an even smaller tankbag than out 10 liter .... So howabout a 3 liter!!! See below.
ADAPTIV Adaptiv has a new Bluetooth adapter that can be charged on the fly!
SMH5 / SMH5FM not new to SENA but new to the RKA line up
ANY GLOVE Any Glove is a new fantastic product that allows you to use your iPhone with your gloves on!
AND finally we will tease you with


Nice, Nice, Very Nice!

MICHAEL RUBNER <michael_r--- @>

Love the bags, love the Pink Floyd reference on the box!
Can't wait for the snow to melt...

FULL REPORT in the June issue, with photos and videos

MAY 1st
athy and I did the 3J’s for their charity track day. Photos and video in June
We worked with Liquid Image using SIX EGO cameras for all the video we did over the week. Liquid Image EGO cameras
Here is a video I did quickly Wednesday evening so I had video to show for the rest of the week.
Much more will be on our YOU TUBE page and next months Newsletter

After you start this video be sure and click on the full screen icon, then chose the 1080 option (The little "Gear" icon lower right of the screen changes resolution) so you can see how GREAT these "little cameras that can" work!
a lap with Das Boat

MAY 2nd & 3rd
COOL stuff ...
AHMRA Vintage racing.

MAY 4th & 5th
Exciting!!! ...
AFM ... This is the premier club racing,

MAY 4th
THE RIDE!!! This is the RKA/Sonoma Raceway Wine Country Ride.
Sonoma Raceway and 3J’s charity the “Speedway Children’s Charities”.
$2,500.00 worth of bling!!


How would you like to do a trackday or actually RACE a motorcycle without the worry of having to get the bike, the tires, the fuel, a pit crew etc?
WELL we will explain how you can EASILY do that in the JUNE issue!!



Not new to SENA but new to the RKA line up.

I can already tell you this is great stuff and has a place in the RKA line up, I will report on this system in the June issue.

SENA FIRMWARE ... this bares repeating

If you own a K1600GT/GTL or R1200RT with the Bluetooth module and have not updated your firmware we recommend that you do so and make sure you follow these directions.

ADAPTIV Adaptiv has a new chargeable USB Bluetooth Transmitter & USB Charger.
Full report in June.

AnyGlove is here!!
If you are paying attention you will notice there are no photos anymore of GPS devices on MY
 IN-Charge tankbags.
I have sold my trusty Zumo 665 and am now using my iPhone5 for navigation, weather, music, & phone.
Also if you are up to date on this sort of thing you will be saying "HOW CAN YOU DO THAT? You cannot use gloves with Smartphones or iPhones right?
Well NOW YOU CAN!! Kathy and I have finished testing AnyGlove for the designers and manufactuer and
The NEW formula is available now for $19.99 on our website "AnyGlove Page".
Full report in June with photos and video ... Oh by the way ...... IT WORKS!!!!.

Introducing the NEW 2013 3 liter Non-Expandable
NEW 3 liter Allegro
3 point Y for
Sportbike or K1600GTL
NEW 3 liter Allegro
Same plush main compartment with power portals standard
Organizer for your
Maps, Keys, Pens,
Maps, Phone, etc.
"F" front
for motorcycles like the
K1600GT or GTL
Shown with optional
RKA Dashboard.
Just the right size for a
day bag and to hold your
navigation devices
Rather than the
Rammount Xgrip
I have installed the Otter
holder for a mor flush fit and look. RKA sells these Otter products
Back of unit.
This shows my wiring for
my iPhone charger
and electric liner
This tankbag is too low to
accept our small control box
So we have designed a
"WRAP" open
To hide cables and such.
This tankbag is too low to
accept our small control box
So we have designed a
"WRAP" closed
To hide cables and such.
This is the "Otter" belt
clip modified to work
on the RKA Dashboard.
Slick and clean


The 2013 Event Schedule is consistently being updated and you should check it out on a regular basis. It’s really shaping up.
There is a LOT happening in the Great North West this year.
The BMW National, Chief Joseph Rally, Curved Cowboy Reunion,
Do not forget OCTOBER in FLORIDA. We have signed up for the AIMEXPO show in Orlando, FL from October 16th to the 20th 2013. This is a combination Media event, dealer and consumer show. In other words everyone is invited. SOOOO get your motors running!! See ya there!!

Date Event Location Name / Link

May 23-27 49ner Rally Mariposa Fairgrounds, CA BMWNORCAL
June 13-16 Chief Joesph Rally Grant County Fairgrounds, John Day Oregon BMW Riders of OR
BMW Riders of OR
July 18-21 BMWNATIONAL Salem,OR Fairgrounds BMWMOA
August 27-30 Curve Cowboy Reunion Bend, OR. Riverhouse Hotel Curve Cowboy Reunion
October 16- 20 AIMEXPO Orlando, FL, AIMEXPO

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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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