January 2014
Volume 4 / Issue 50


From the desk of the Editor

Hi All you fans of RKA,

This January 2014 Newsletter may be our last as we are thinking of doing a “Blog” instead. So once I figure out exactly what a “blog” is we’ll get back to you.

We put a lot of time and effort in these Newsletters and Kathy and I hope you have enjoyed the Newsletter format. We have tried hard not to make it just an advertisement for RKA but to share information, instructions, how to stuff, photos, Videos and social media with you that we think you would enjoy. We now look forward to a little different way to communicate with our customers.

Do you know how to …. Procrastinate?
It happened last summer, it happened this Christmas, a lot of folks procrastinate and do not get their “stuff” on time or even worse yet they get it at the last minute and then are disappointed because they cannot get it to work right. You know, who needs to read instructions?

So it’s January now and you may not have even thought of your first ride of 2014 yet. Just maybe you should and get a plan. Purchase your luggage, communications devices, helmets NOW, and all the other things you need to make 2014 a fun an memorable year. THEN install everything, and most important if it has a switch or a button understand what it does.

With this said we are going to try and produce a series of very short video, shorts on the
“Do you know how too” subject…..

Very simple from the beginning stuff like;
Do you know how to ...Turn on your SENA?
Do you know how to …“TAP” the “JOG” dial?
Do you know how to …Pair a Bluetooth device?
Do you know how to …Properly Install your new RKA tankbag?
Do you know how to …Properly pack your luggage?

Sometimes you cannot see the forest for the trees and sometimes things like this seem so simple to us but we have been doing it for a while.

So for all us motorcyclists and bicyclists (This was posted on our bicycle club chat group) here is a little something to soak in about “cages”.

“Oh, a sleeping drunkard
Up in Central Park,
And a lion-hunter
In the jungle dark,

And a Chinese dentist,
And a British queen--
All fit together
In the same machine.
Nice, nice, very nice;
Nice, nice, very nice;
Nice, nice, very nice--
So many different people
In the same device.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle.

Enjoy the newsletter.


Hi Richard & Kathy

Added a nifty voltmeter to the deck of my tank bag today.

Now, as the bag rotates between different bikes, I no longer have the need to wire in/mount a voltmeter for each individual bike.

Your In- Charge bag is fookin' brilliant Sent from my iPhone.


Subject: See the RKA tank bag

From: g btw [mailto:o…….@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:48 PM
To: Info@rka-luggage.com Richard&Kathy
Subject: Fwd: See the RKA tank bag

Don't have a picture of the new tank bag yet, but thought I would share a pic of the old one in use.
Take care

PS, even the top case bag is yours

Sent from my iPad
Begin forwarded message:
From: "g btw" <…… > photo of snow K12LT

Kathy and I, are posting videos every month. Fun ones, educational ones, and instructional ones.
So we hope you enjoy them, we sure do.
NOTE: Be sure and click on the "full screen" icon to enlarge the video, and if the quality looks low click on the "gear" at the bottom right of the screen to increase the resolution.

These are some of the coolest Videos of 2013
We have a "YOU_TUBE" page with over 78 videos!
So go check it out.

Life = Risk
Danny Hart, Downhill World Championship
Funniest Family member;Chris Storin

Coolest music Video .
Coolest Bicycle Video .
Coolest Motorcycle Movie of 2013
Last but not least Richard & Kathys FAVORITE ... Funniest animal video of all time!


Not really an app but a way to watch videos from your device, iPhone, Smartphone, Tablet ....to your big screen TV.
Fantastic device!! $35.00.

Wish we would have thunk of that ;-)
A NO brainier.


This month the feature story is an update notice from SENA Bluetooth to remind you all when you purchase
SENA from RKA it never gets old ;-)

Dear Sena users,
Thank you for using Sena products.

We are pleased to announce the release of the firmware version 1.3 of the SMH5 and the SMH5-FM with major enhancements in functions such as music sharing and speed dial.

- Music Sharing: You can start sharing music with an intercom friend using Bluetooth stereo music during a two-way intercom conversation.
- Speed Dial: You can assign a desired phone number to a speed dial on the SMH5, the SMH5-FM or on PC, and quickly make a phone call by using the voice speed dial menu while the phone is paired.

You can upgrade your firmware using the new Device Manager 1.4.3 for Windows. Manager v1.9.3 for Mac OS X is available as well for Mac users.

Please be sure to register your product online in order to download the new Manager software, since free upgrade service is provided only to the registered users. For more details, please visit Sena web site at www.SenaBluetooth.com.

Please download the Device Manager or firmware.
Click Here to Download
Please download the new user's guide.
Click Here to Download
The firmware upgrade service is provided only to the registered users.
Register Now


This is a simple sale.
Say you saw this on the January 2014 Newsletter and Richard & Kathy will give you 10% off on ALL RKA luggage products!


This year Kathy and I are going to try to hit all the small events, club monthly meetings, AMA road races, Rallies, motorcycle dealers, that we can.

The plan is to load up the Sprinter with my trusty R1200ST, a ton of product, my seminar notes on communications, luggage, a sleeping bag and head out at the earliest possible date to connect the dots from here, “Northern California” to there, “St Paul, MN” and the BMW National.

THEN head back connecting the dots from there back home from the end of July to whenever we run out of locations to stop at, and get back home.

So if you have a rally or a club meeting this summer from late May to the end of September that you would like to see us at, let RKA know RIGHT NOW. If you are “B” and we are heading to “A” from “C” and your event is in between we could possibly stop in!

Click here to see our
schedules page, then bookmark it as it will be updated often.

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!
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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