December 2015
Volume 22 / Issue 72

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The Bible, Holy Grail,
The Zen of motorcycle articles
An article by
"Nick Ienatsch"
Writer, Racer, Announcer,
Products History Gallery Instructions Events Reviews Terms Contact Dealer
From the desk of the Editor

Hi Gang,.


Give it a try.......

We have/are installing "Chat Buttons" on our website.
They are at this time located at the bottom right hand corner of this pages:
"Products page",
"Tankbag Main Page",
"BMW Specific Page",
"BMW K1600GTL Page"
Go to one of these pages, click on the "Chat.Center" icon and give us a shout, and we'll see how they work. ;-)
This is a perfect way to communicate with us! We can answer questions in real time and we can direct you to other important pages or photographs etc.
We'll be adding them as fast as I can to all the pages of the website.

Christmas specials!

Can you say 20% off?

So the deal is ....
Until the 25th of December purchase any RKA luggage and get 20% off
Unitl the 25th of December purchase any SENA products and get an additional 5% off our already low pricing
AND free ground shipping in the lower 48..


You must CALL to order 707 836 7659.

Your first question:
I already have purchased some of these items.
Second Question .
I am over seas how can I get a deal also?

Email us or call us and Kathy and Richard will try our hardest to make a deal for you for the Holidays!
707 836 7659 ... Operators are standing by ;-)

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Customer Comments


I just wanted to send you a quick email on the bags.   They fit like a glove and the quality has exceeded my expectations.  I would recommend these bags to anyone that desires a well made bag for a competitive price.   Thank you for selling a product that really delivers.    Ride safe, Thom 

Sent from my Apple

(NOTE: Sometimes country TAXES and DUTIES apply)

Hi Richard,

Tank bag arrived. Nice product, fits very well.
This only surprise Was the french custom fees and VAT for 49 euros.
Anyway thanks to propose such product.

Envoyé de mon iPad

first let me say that I LOVE my Super Sport Saddlebags ! !  They fit perfectly on my Suzuki Hayabusa and they look GREAT, most people think your bags came with my bike from the factory.  These saddlebags work even better then they look.  I've used them on dozens of trips, anywhere from short weekend "get-away" to long 2 week trips and I have never had any trouble at all.  Thank you.
Unfortunately,  I have some how managed to lose one of the 'cam buckles' needed to secure the bag to my bike. 
Can you tell me please how can I get a replacement ??
William Beverly


I recently got your pannier liners for the BMW R1200GSA Adventure 2012, I was wondering if they also fit the BMW R1200GSA Adventure 2016? It looks like the sides have been flipped, but maybe there has been a size change as well.

Do you know if they are interchangeable?

(See below... )

SENA 10S Preorder

If you are interested in the NEW SENA 10S Call or email and pre-order NOW.

NO money, just your name, phone number and e-mail address.
I heard TODAY 12-2-2015 that they will be released sometime THIS MONTH!

RKA is at the top of the list for the first shipment BUT we are close to being sold out of that first shipment.
BUT WAIT … If we can order soon we will stay at the top of that list so CALL or EMAIL NOW!

Below is a link to a chart located on our Main SENA page for you to see what Kathy and I think make the best overall system. The 10S is very close to the top in features and dollar value.
Works with the optional Remote Control!!!

Remember ordering from RKA gives you help, support, and answers to applications! Do the math.

Sena 10S Single Pack MSRP $239.00* RKA Price $215.10*

Sena 10S Dual Pack
   MSRP $439.00* RKA Price $395.10*

*Pricing subject to change at product release

There's an APP for that!

Another reason to stay in contact with us on new exciting products!

The Perfect Companion for the Perfect Ride

The Smart Helmet

Sena’s revolutionary Smart Helmet solves real-world challenges with high-tech solutions to create the optimal riding environment for the open road. A streamlined, lightweight carbon-fiber helmet
with a luxurious fit, ventilated shell, and an Intelligent Noise-Control system to keep you calm, alert, and focused, no matter what the conditions.

GSA Liners & Ludicrous
Here is
BMW moved the drive shaft to the other side for the NEW GSAW. BMW loves to do stuff like this just to keep you thinking.
So of course the hard cases have been “Flipped”.
So the big question is …..
I purchased a new GSA will my old liners work? or, I am going to purchase a NEW GSA will the RKA liners still work?

So do the RKA GSA Adventure liners fit in the hard cases! YES!!
Just “Flip” them and you are ready to go!
For some new customers a terminology update:
What’s the “W” mean? Water Cooled.
What does “Waterpumper” mean? Water Cooled.

Right Side

Left Side .. Pipe Side

Right Side .. Pipe Side

Left Side

Right Side

Left Side

My personal briefcase ;-)

My personal briefcase ;-)

If you own a BMW K1600GTL/GT or new 2014 and up BMWR1200RT or a moto with the 49 liter trunk bag we have a new product for you.
and it’s Ludicrous!
We now offer LUDICROUS for the hardcase saddlebag liners and the 49 liter trunkbag.
These liners are completely finished and lined inside with our 3/8 foam and 200 denier cordura lining making them PLUSH and more substantial of that’s what you want.
The capacity loss is un-noticeable
More information.....
For Saddlebags Click Here
For Trunkbag Click Here

NOTE: So I stole the word from TESLA ;-)
What does it mean? Crazy, COOL, INSANE, Makes you giggle ;-)
See? .. “R” rating some language ... Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous

Bob Reports in

Here is our best of friends reports that may interest you.

Bob has been an RKA customer for thirty years, right from the start and he LOVES to see how much STUFF he can get into hisluggage.
Usually it's cameras but this time a little different.

"Complete dinner for 6-8 people with 14 lb. bird fits in RKA tail pack. Included two boxes of mashed potatoes, two lbs. of stuffing, large cranberry sauce and gravy. Lady from Safeway in Concord came out to see because she didn't believe I could do it."

Now to the writing side of his brain.

Five Reasons Why Nicky Hayden Will Be the 2016 World Superbike Champion

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Sonoma Raceway Honors RKA

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Food Drive Report

Here is our report on the 15th Annual RKA/Sonoma Raceway food drive.
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Here is the video we produced
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This is the ride map.

RKA 2016 Tentative Schedule

What is our plans for 2016?
Click Here for the actual real Schedules page.

Nothing is locked in stone yet but here is our list of places you may be able to see us at.
If you have an event to suggest let us know.

Tentative RKA 2016 Event Schedule is


Here’s the deal.
As you can see some of these events overlap or are on the same weekend. We have to connect the dots and the final plan will be on our schedules page. Also there may be more than what you see here. So once again get on that mailing list and stay in touch.
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MotoAmerica / MotoGP
April 8th to 10th
COTA / Austin, TX
The Quail A Motorsports Gathering
May 14th
Carmel, CA
BMW Nor Cal 49ner Rally
May 26th to May 30th
Mariposa, CA
MotoAmerica / Road America
June 3rd to 5th
Elkhart Lake, WI
June 7th to 11th
Lake George, NY
MotoAmerica / Barber
June 10th to 12th
Birmingham, AL
MotoAmerica / WSB / Laguna Seca
July 8th to 10th
Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA
Reno Rendezvous
July 7th to 9th
Reno, NV
BMW National
July 14th to 17th
Hampton, NY
Top Of The Rockies
July 14th to 17th
Paonia, CO
Wing Ding
August 31st to September 3rd
Billings, MT
Curve Cowboy Reunion
August 30 to September 3rd
Monterey, CA
CCBMW Beemer Bash
September 15th to 18th
(Dates may change)
Quincy, CA
Horizons Unlimited
September 22nd to 25th
Mariposa, CA
October 13th to 16th
Orlando, FL
Worth Repeating

NEW How to Videos.
Video One of the "RKA How To Series" SmartPhone to SENA
Video Two of the "RKA How to series" Features review 1

NEW PAD design for our saddlebags and seatbag integration
RKA Saddlebag & Seat bag overview

We have new motos in the photo gallery. Doing the R1200RS/R, S1000XR, S1000RR.
New photos ARE posted here: "BMW Specific Photo Gallery"

Needs New Homes Sale


Richard and Kathy has purchased a NEW R1200RT and a couple of bicycles this last year so we need to sell three of our two wheelers to make room.
They need a nice caring home.
RKA Sale page

1997 Suzuki TL1000S
2005 BMW R1200ST
2007 Specialized
Womans Ruby Carbon Fiber Compact Double


Ride safe

Richard Battles
7694 Bell Rd
Windsor, CA
707 836 7659
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