March 2015
Volume 14 / Issue 64
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This is a must read.
The Bible, Holy Grail,
The Zen of motorcycle articles
An article by
"Nick Ienatsch"
Writer, Racer, Announcer,
From the desk of the Editor

Hi Gang,


SAD, SAD, News, We lost a good one Monday the 23rd .

Our best friend Knut who was very close to Andy called Kathy yesterday to let us know that Andy Sills passed Monday,

At this time we are not sure how it happened but it appeared he was returning from the Kirkwood Ski Resort and on his way to the city (San Francisco).

( Just as we were sending the release notice for this Newsletter we learned that Andy had a medical issue and was UPRIGHT and on the Hwy when he passed. For some reason this makes us feel a little better about his passing)

Kathy and I do not know a lot so we cannot say very much other than to say we did not know him as well as we should. He was a BAD man and the best we can do is give him tribute in these photos most with his wife Erin which we are sure you can see were very close. Our hearts go out to Erin and Andy’s family and friends.

On a happier note.

Do you know what Multitasking is? .................... DO YA?
Do you know what Audio Boost is? .................... DO YA?
Do you know how to use voice commands? .... DO YA?

Well I am not gonna tell you this month … BUT stay tuned on our Newsletter
and our NEW RKA THE BLOG! Which is designed for learning, the Newsletter is designed more on the entertainment side.



Richard your blog is outstanding i enjoyed reading it. it's 'like talking to you  face to face and as you have pointed out the more i use the sena with my zumo 550 it becomes easier.
again thanx


So the point of this email conversation is about truth in advertizing.
YES the tankbag does touch or push on some motorcycles handlebars. But not enough to cause a real issue.
You may be able to tell that this bag has been ridden hard and put away wet ;-)

With this small sacrifice you get a full size map and much more room with the side pockets.
See Pete's last comment.

Lastly please note the last photo of petes back patio.
TANKS for going out in the cold to take these photos!.

On Feb 24, 2015 2:21 PM, "Richard Battles" <> wrote:

Hi Peter,Here’s the deal…..

I would like you to get your little fanny out to the COLD garage and get me some photos
of your VStrom with the IN-Charge bag on it LOCK to LOCK, full left and full right
so customers can see, what happens … or …. what does not happen when this procedure is done.


Walk in the snow (!) all the way to the  garage just for some dumb pictures?
Oh, all right (grumble, grumble....)
Pictures at Eleven.

I've always treasured the full-size mapcase, and find the pockets really handy.  as a result, I've been willing to suck it up and just wave an apology to neighboring drivers when I blow the horn in their vicinity doing a tight 180.

My tankbag is my office. 
It holds all the items I need to transfer from one bike to another, with the peace of mind I got it all with me. 
The size I got is perfect for me.



Just want to thank you again for staying late last night.
I love the bag and really appreciated having you install it for me.

Ron V.
Service Manager
Mazda Subaru

Dear Richard and Kathy,

We want to thank you again for taking the time to help us with the Sena Bluetooth, Garmin Navigator GPS 4 & 5 and the Prism Camera setups. I want to thank you again for sending me the Navigator Five and the Prism Manuals. I'm still trying to work on getting MP3 music files on my GPS. It was a pleasure being in your shop today. Pepe and I look forward to seeing you at the next rally or BMW get together or next new projects.


So who's Bob?

Bob Dragich is a veteran writer, photographer and advertising salesperson in the motorcycle industry. He has written and done photography for a wide variety of publications and websites.
Currently at the forum network, Bob is an online vendor manager for more than 150 motorcycle enthusiast forums. Putting more than 20,000 miles a year on two wheels, his idea of a good touring bike is an Aprilia Mille Factory R or a Triumph Daytona 675R.
He credits his RKA luggage with allowing him to get away with notions like this. "Without Richard and Kathy, I would have been forced to ride touring bikes just because of all the stuff I think I need to take along for a successful weekend away. I mean, everyone needs an onboard cappuccino machine, right?" .

Hi RKA readers,
Bob has informed us he has "riders block" ... I mean "writers block" this month ;-)
Well I got nothng either that I can get ready in time.
So I have decided to show you How to make toast. Or "How DO YOU make toast. Click on the image


Hi Gang,

Here is a little help from your friends
SMH20S and SMH10 cheatsheets for your tankbag .

If you are like me I cannot remember S#*t anymore.

You got Speed Dial, FM Radio controls, What Can I say?,
Then the new PRISM camera can be controled from your headset! YIKES I needed help

So I made myself a SMH20S "Cheat Sheet" that I thought I would share.

Oh ... a little to small for you? Click on the image for the larger printable one.
Or .... Click here for a full page with two copies on it to print and or download in PDF format.

So I sayz what the hell, I need reminders for my SMH10 also!

It also has Speed Dial, Music Sharing, Universsal Intercom and the PRIZM controls.

So I made a "Cheat Sheet": for the SMH10 without the FM radio but added Universal Intercom.

Oh ... a little to small for you? Click on the image for the larger printable one.
Or .... Click here for a full page with four copies on it to print and or download in PDF format.

Let me know if you like the gift .

So for this month lets make the "SENA Universal Intercom" the subject since the "Cheat Sheets" above only address the most minimal controls.

The Cheat Sheet mentions reading pages 33 to 37 in your manual. Well I know from personal expericance you will not do that unless I put it right in front of you.

So this is from the SENA SMH10 Manual.
I understand I said to read from page 33 to page 37 but again there is this attention span thingy going on.
So this is page 33 and 34 easy money. And after you read it THEN you may have enough attention span build up to get the manual and read the rest.

You can have an intercom conversation with non-Sena Bluetooth headsets using the Universal Intercom function. Non-Sena Bluetooth headsets can be connected to the Sena Bluetooth headset if they support the Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP). The working distance may differ depending on the performance of Bluetooth headset that it is connected to. In general, it is shorter than normal intercom distance since it uses the Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile.
The Universal Intercom affects both the phone call connection and the multipoint connection (mostly used for GPS connections for riders). You cannot use a multipoint connection device while you are using the Universal Intercom in case as below.

1. If a non-Sena headset doesn’t support a multipoint connection, it cannot use a phone call connection while using the Universal Intercom.
2. As for Sena headsets, the Universal Intercom affects the multipoint connection.
3. If non-Sena headset (already paired as Universal Intercom with Sena) is turned on, then the multipoint connection is automatically deactivated. And the non-Sena headset is automatically connected to Sena headset as a Universal Intercom. So you cannot use multipoint connection devices such as GPS, while a non-Sena headset is turned on.
4. Even though you disconnect the non-Sena headset as a Universal
Intercom, it will not automatically restore the multipoint connection.

To restore the multipoint connection, you should turn off the non-Sena headset first, then try to connect to multipoint device manually from the device screen or simply reboot the device so that it automatically connects to the Sena headset.

Universal Intercom Pairing

The SMH10 can be paired with non-Sena Bluetooth headsets for Bluetooth intercom conversation. You can pair the SMH10 with only one non-Sena Bluetooth headset; if you pair with a different non-Sena Bluetooth headset, the previous pairing list will be removed.

1. Turn on the SMH10 and a non-Sena Bluetooth headset which you want to pair with.
2. Press and hold the Jog Dial on the SMH10 for 8 seconds until the blue LED flashes rapidly. You will hear a voice prompt saying “Universal intercom pairing”.
3. Perform the operation required for handsfree pairing on the non-Sena Bluetooth headset (refer to the users’ manual of the headsets you want to use). The SMH10 will automatically perform pairing with non-Sena Bluetooth headsets in pairing mode.

So from one of the forums Mr. El Fod maybe says it best

El Fod
1 month ago
The only problem with this is the non-SENA bluetooth headset can either be paired with the SENA device or a bluetooth phone, cannot be paired to both simultaneously. So if the non-SENA headset wishes to listen to music or make a phone call they would have to un-pair from the SENA and then pair to their bluetooth phone or media player.  

Ok .. so you need more .... I can relate ... here is the video
Universal Intercom Pairing

NOW HERE is a customer that has as we say "Ridden hard them and put away wet"!
BUT they still look pretty darn good!






See letters to the editor above of Pete's Wee-Strom.
That tankbag is TWO generations back so I do not know how long Pete has had it.
But he does use it ..... A lot!

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