March 2016
Volume 25 / Issue 75
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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,

Spring is in the air!

Remember the "PRISM Tube" action camera will arrive in the next week or so and for $119.00 it's a nice nice unit. Kathy and I will purchase two for use on our bicycles. And of course motorcycle vids. Drop us a line and we'll set one aside for you.

Had a previous customer call and after speaking with him for a few minutes he said.
“I had no idea you sold other products besides your luggage like Bluetooth devices, Powerlet, Rammount and for that matter any of the stuff on your website”.

In this issue:

Why does this happen after 31 years of doing this? See the story below.

As always our “Customer Comments” which relates to the “Visiting the RKA Website” Story.

If you are one of our friends in the area join us at SRBMW for their Open house on the 12th information below.

We talk about Schuberth SRC-System and Cardo Bluetooth.

HELD ... Do you know HELD? Check it out.

Check out the RKA schedule updates.

Lastly the famous “Life Explained Series".


Spring is close, Riding season is close.

Did you know we have Gift Certificates?

Not sure the year model or tankbag / luggage to get for that special occasion.
Just purchase a Gift Certificate!

Customer Comments

"Ah ha perfect!  Thanks a lot."

Hi Marc,

Hope these photos help out.

Under set
Left Front
Right Front


Marc B []
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2016 8:19 AM
To: Richard Battles <>;
Subject: RT tank bag fit issue

Hi there, I'm trying to fit my new tank bag to my 2014 RT and unless I'm blind there is no place under the seat to attach the rear strap.  May I know if you've fitted your bag to the new RT and where you attached the rear strap please?

Hi Roland,

It's always so nice to come to work Monday with a positive message ;-)


Richard & Kathy

-----Original Message----- []
Sent: Monday, February 1, 2016 6:19 AM
To: Kathy Storin <>
Subject: RE: capture my email address

Kathy, I received my order Friday, got it put on and wired up. Took it for a little 150 miles test ride. Works great. Thank you,


Visiting the RKA Website

Had a previous customer call and after speaking with him for a few minutes he said.
“I had no idea you sold other products besides your luggage like Bluetooth devices, Powerlet, Rammount and for that matter any of the stuff on your website”.

Why does this happen after 31 years of doing this? See the story below.The issue is that people enter websites now from the “Back Door”. What’s that mean?
Well if you goggle ( something, say “K1600GTL Tankbag” you get this link on google page ONE for RKA …

K1600GT / K1600GTL TANKBAG in Premium colors. K1600GT Tankbag and 36 liter Rack bag for GT in Premium colors. GTL Tankbag Installation Video ….

The LINK : takes you DEEP into our website,
PAST our home RKA Products Page,
PAST our main RKA Tankbag page,
PAST our main RKA Photo Gallery Page,
DIRECTLY to our RKA K1600GTL Photo Gallery Page.

Well, this is great for YOU and RKA as you have found what you are looking for.

BUT there is SO much more to see on our website. We have many other luggage applications for
ALL motorcycles and you can access them from starting at the beginning on the Products Page.

From this page we have the products we manufacture and offer to you.
From specialty Tankbags, total Bluetooth solutions to Video Cameras.
From this page we have a library of videos from Luggage application instructions, Bluetooth Instructional videos, Our IN-Charge Tankbag applications and tips.
(What’s an IN-Charge Tankbag?), What do you video? Videos, and How to Video, Videos. Look for the blue and green cameras on the Porducts page

From this Products page we have a complete RKA Photo Gallery area from Aprilia to MV and moto Guzzi
From this Products page we have all the other products we sell from SENA Bluetooth, Garmin, mounting systems, electrical products to Video Cameras.

Then there are some of the little red boxes at the top of most pages:

To show just a few. From these red box links you can follow the yellow brick road to almost surely things you would want to know about.

We can tell from checking our customers profile you are mostly BMW owners.

But did you Know Richard and Kathy started out with Sportbikes and toured all over the western United States on them starting in 1985?

Did you know Richard roadraced motorcycles for 4 years and Kathy has done trackdays on all her motorcycles from the first 1982 Suzuki 550GS, to her 1988 CBR600, Suzuki SV650, MZ Scorpion, Ducati 906 PASO, and F800R while touring on a 1988 Honda TransAlp and F650 Funduro.
We STILL have a beautiful 1997 Suzuki TL1000S in the Garage looking for a new home.

I just got back from a 1200 mile trip to LA on my R1200RT but you see Sportbikes were our first love and still is … we ARE motorcyclists and enthusiasts.

We can tell from checking our customers profiles a lot of you ride other motorbikes.

We designed the Mirage I and Mirage II in 1985 as our first offering to the public shown here on Kathy’s Ducati 906 PASO in Estes Park, Colorado sometime in the 90's.

When the seats got smaller and smaller we conformed and designed a “PAD” so the seatbags we offer do not touch or scratch bodywork. Last year we improved our saddlebag design to also incorporate the “PAD” for better fit and adjustment.

Watch our Rearseat Saddlebag Instructional Video to see what we have done to improve a design for motorcycles that look more like Moto GP bikes than street bikes.

RKA does ALL motorcycles.

RKA has solutions for most applications.
SRBMW Open House

Mark your calendars for our AWESOME Spring Open House scheduled for Saturday March 12th. This event is sure to be a lot of fun and something you won't want to miss. While we are still working out all the little details, here is a sneak peek of what our Spring Open House activities will include: • BBQ • Tire plugging clinic. • Presentation by Rawhyde Adventures. • Helmet exchange; bring in your old helmet and receive 15% off a new helmet. • The opportunity to chat with several product reps. • Savings on parts, accessories and apparel. • Slow races against our favorite California Highway Patrol officers. • Raffle prizes. We look forward to sharing more details soon. As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Kyle, Danielle, Chris, Dennis, Noel, Bill, Joe, Mike, Jeff, Tim, Marcus and Sandeep Santa Rosa BMW Triumph Motorcycles 800 American Way Windsor, CA 95492 (707) 838-9100

For more info:  707-838-9100

Schuberth / Cardo Testing & Research

SENA has been the Bluetooth leader for a number of years and seems to be continuing to move ahead.

RKA is now in the process of testing the Cardo PACKTALK and Schuberth SRC-System.

We want to be able to tell all our customers the plus and minuses of the more popular systems out there on the Market.
So here is some preliminary findings.

The Schuberth is in our opinion the very best helmet on the market today and with the addition of the SRC-System for your communications it’s ALMOST unbeatable for style and functionality. This year the NEW system has changed the icons on the control panel and have added the ability to add earbuds!

Integrated SRC
Control Panel
Beautiful design
None Fog Screen
Drop down screen
SRC System
Earbud 3.5mm plug
With our S-Plug earbuds
New Control Panel
Old Control Panel

The PACKTALK is brand new with many features some of which some may not need or like. This system as also added the ability to add earbuds!

NEW earbud port
NEW earbud port
NEW earbud port
NEW earbud port
Cardo NEW
40mm Speakers
Cardo NEW
40mm Speakers

In our opinion the SENA 20S is still the cat’s meow if you want the best all-around features.

Schuberth with
and All in one
Cradle and S-Plug earbuds attached
Schuberth with
and All in one

stay tuned for next month’s newsletter for a complete report.

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RKA is expanding.
We are working with HELD apparel and may start with carrying a limited choice of HELD Gloves.
Here is a sample of a couple of gloves Kathy and I really like. Stay tuned!

Air Stream
Air Stream

RKA 2016 Tentative Schedule

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