January 2017
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From the desk of the Editor

Hi Guys & Gals, Happy New Year!!

2017, can you believe it? RKA is now 32 years old!!!!
If I knew I would have lived this long ……. ;-)

NOW is the time to start planning for those 2017 adventures.
NOW is the time to get all the products you need to make it all happen.
NOW is the time to make sure they all work the way you want

NOT the day before you leave on that two week or three month trip you planned so perfect.

The two major things we offer Luggage and communications are maybe the number one project next to your motorcycle maintenance.
AND this year we added heated gear.
So we got you covered, pardon the pun ;-)

RKA .......10% off all RKA luggage and FREE 2nd day air! CALL NOW 707 836 7659.

Important SENA firmware update information below.
SENA … we have some DEMO products on sale. Also below
SENA …RKA will also give you a really GREAT GREAT deal on all NEW SENA products. Did I say GREAT?
Cannot give prices out here so you have to call 707 836 7659

HEATED CLOTHS ..... 10% intro deal on all Warm & Safe product on our website and 10 bucks for ground shipping!!
It’s freak ’n winter folks check this out!!!! More info below.

Your guys call our guys …. And we will get you set up right!

THIS is what we do!
A beautiful set of 50 liter saddlebags for a KTM in premium colors and a 13 liter Tank bag also in premium colors going out to a K1600GTL!

13 liter Shiloh road
13 liter Shiloh road
13 liter Shiloh road
50 liter saddlebags
50 liter saddlebags
50 liter saddlebags

We lost our best kitty Allez a couple of years ago, and it was hard to think about another. But in August we brought home TWO new kitties and must pay a LOT of attention to them.

They are brothers and rescue kitties, you may see them has tabby’s but I believe they are full on Bengal’s.
Every piece of information I have looked up leads me to think this. They have destroyed plants, decorations, the first time we left them alone overnight they managed to lock themselves in the bathroom! Thank God, we have really great sitters and they found them right away. Almost every other animal in the last 25 years has been terrified of the ceiling fan in the living room. These two guys are trying to figure out how to “kill” it.


Kitty Laser Games

NO TREE this year but Kathy put up some decorations over the area between the living room and dining room. Well they both were trying to figure out how to “kill” them also.

They have one speed, 150 mph!

We got them in August and think they were under 3 months old so
now at just seven months they both weigh in at over 11 pounds!!!

They also have already wrapped us around their little paws and get away with almost everything.


Allez First time I saw her.
She is in the above photo
of my editorial photo.
Allez around 2010
waitng for a humming bird
to fall out of the feeder.
Our new kitties,
Key & Peele
First time in the garage
Starting to grow into their paws
They have their own room

But Mommy,
I had no idea it would slide so easily
This is real!
They are actually watching a cat show!
Left side of my home work desk
Center of my desk
Right side of my desk

Kathy and I want to reach out to a few friends that have lost pets this year. We waited WAY to long to get these kitties although it was fate as they were made just for us. We found out you cannot REPLACE your lost love, these new little monsters are a whole different deal and we are starting over.

They bring so much joy to the house and when we open the door they are all over us.

So over the holidays we did not have a big deal at home. We had figured out most of the security for the kitties and have great sitters so we decided to visit my sister, and my Mom. We had my nephew and brother over for football and that was about it.

The high light of the Holidays this year was visiting Jere and Linda, our friends for over 25 years. Jere had a stroke earlier in the year and it was the first time to see them. It was a blast and Jere AND Linda are in good spirits.

That about covers our holiday excitement.

We also had a few other friends that had health issues recently so Jere, Jere, Allen, Dick, Gary all of you continue to get better and we wish we could visit more with you guys!

So on a happy note to close out my editorial Kathy and I again want to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Enjoy the Newsletter.....

What's in store for 2017

Our NEW see through Compartment bags …. Which were designed FOR ME but MADE for you.
Need these for that big trip!

I still have my R1200ST for sale and we are adding Kathy’s F800R a really cool little rocket ship. It’s a 2011 and it may be time for her to get a new ride. So check it out here in the newsletter.

Also The 2017 tentative schedule is up for your review.

We want to cut back on travel this year and stay closer to home. The BMW National is a no brainer and most of the schedule is on this side of the Mississippi.

The ONE rally we would like to really tell you about is “Horizons Unlimited” It’s September 21st to 24th and is one of our favorites as there is so much going on and things to share and learn. I will be doing seminars on communications and luggage. There are many talks about many different subjects mostly about travel.

So if you are on the West coast in September plan on it. The setting is also to die for. How about the entry gate to Yosemite National Park, and right on famous Hwy 49!!! So check it out here in the newsletter also. There's a video to watch.

We have way to many SENA demo units, so pop me an email at richard@rka-luggage.com or call 707 836 7659 if you are interested in anything on the list below. I can only give you pricing over the phone on the new items.

To compare SENA to SENA click on the chart on the right.

Description MSRP SALE Price DEMO or NEW

20S headsets
$ 299.00
20S headsets
$ 299.00
20S headsets dual
20S cradles   
$ 79.95
10S headsets
$ 239.00
10S headsets
$ 239.00
10S headsets dual
10C headsets (Camera)
$ 349.00
10C headsets (Camera)
$ 349.00
10U Schuberth
10U others
SMH 10 
$ 165.00
SMH 10   
$ 165.00
$ 399.00
SPH10H-FM single
SMH10R ver one
$ 149.00
$ 199.00
Remote Controls
 $ 99.00
Remote Controls
 $ 99.00
$ 249.00
20S Harley headsets
$ 129.00
$ 199.00

HOT STUFF DEAL ... Warm & Safe
It's freak'n Winter! get warm!!
RKA now offers Warm & Safe heated gear JUST IN TIME for winter.
For another special Holiday deal you need to call the office at 707 836 7659
Click here or on the logo to go to the RKA Warm & Safe page
Under layers
T's Under layers
Horizons Unlimited Promo Video

Horizons Unlimited is one of our favorite rallies that we go to every year.
Now world famous Alex Chacon as done a real nice overview of the event.
It’s not about a specific group or a specific motorcycle brand it about folks that travel and they meet and share their experiences with Seminars, Food and drink. See ya there in 2017 at Mariposa September 21-24

Published on Nov 23, 2016

Get Inspired to travel the world by motorcycle as I explore
the Horizons Unlimited Overland Travelers Meeting 2016
in Mariposa California. Meet other motorcycle adventure
riders, learn about motorcycles, gear, get inspired by amazing
stories and get motivated to jump on a bike and
ride into the sunset!

RKA You Tube Videos

We have a few new videos for you and I am reposting a couple we feel should be reviewed
We will add a couple of videos soon,
one on .TUBE speaker install and one on Remote Control Connection

Be sure and subscribe and you wouldn’t miss a thing.
RKA You Tube Page Link

SENA Device Manager Install
Let me count the ways
SM10 to BMW Speakers
Published on Jan 23, 2016
A short to the point installation tutorial of how to install your SENA
device manager for firmware updates
Published on Nov 29, 2016
This very informative video is an overview of three different scenarios on connecting the BMWJK1600GT/GTL and R1200RT's Bluetooth system with SENA headsets and other products, with links to other informative instructional videos on the RKA YouTube page.
Published on Nov 7, 2016
This informative video shows how to set up the SENA SM10 and MotoChello Audio Speaker Bridge on your K1600GT/GTL and 14 and up RT.


NOTE : This is firmware update information from SENA as of January 4th 2017:

10C: FreeWire support, Sena RC3 and RC4 support, RideConnected App support, Minor bug fixes in HD intercom during GPS operations, Minor bug fixes with the connection to an iPhone

FreeWire: Fixed pairing bug that prevented the FreeWire to be paired to a headset if the FreeWire was placed into pairing mode first.

Prism Tube: Added Loop Recording Mode

Pre Order

Drop us a line at richard@rka-luggage.com and we will reserve one of the new products for you. No obligation to you

MSRP $399.00
MSRP $349.00
No Price at this time

Firmware update report

If you purchased a FREEWIRE please note that it works with the 20S and 10S ONLY and they need to have firmware updates 1.6.1 for the 20S, 1.2 for the 10S

So with that news we want you to update your deivces and the device manager.
Above is a video on how to download the SENA device manager.


Make sure you register your SENA products and keep the firmware updated.
This may seem like a pain but remember every time you update you are getting a brand new product and it will do things it could not do before.

Remember when you purchased that $2,000.00 video camera and then next year your camera was selling for $500.00 and there was a NEW $2,000.00 camera?
WELL SENA is trying to keep your product up to date so this doesn't happen.

RKA wants your business that's why we have over 120 videos and almost a third are on SENA.
We will match any price advertized online that is a REAL reseller


RKA just got a notice from SENA about stolen product out there so....

Remember if you purchase SENA at a REALLY GREAT price it could be REALLY blackmarket.
To protect RKA and our customers we are now adding the serial numbers to each sale.
SENA tracks serial numbers and they will not warranty or help you with issues if they know it is a blackmarket item.


We gotta clean the garage out a little this year.

If you are in the market for a great motorcycle my trusty 2005 R1200ST is still up for grabs. and at $5,000.00 it's a steal!
I gotta add this for the January Newsletter, I took it out of the trailer a day or two ago to charge the battery and it started right up.
I decided to take it for a little ride. I charged the battery and it is now in the garage with the RT and F800R. warm a cozy ready for some one to take it home!
Call us or email of you are interested
707 836 7659

Kathy is going to let the little F800R go to a new home $6,500.00, 8100 miles ridden bt an old lady on Sundays Luggage included!!!

Kathy also as a Specialized Ruby carbon Fiber bicycle for $1,000.00

2017 Schedule

We are working on the 2017 schedule and it is posted on our Event/Schedule page.

Looks like we will try to do some of the MotoAmerica AMA roadraces this year. ...
Austin ....
Salt Lake City ...
Laguna Seca ..

Early on we'll be at SonomaRaceway for the BIG weekend of Trackdays with Reg, 3J's and then AHRMA vintage racing and finally AFM roadracing this will be a fun weekend

The BMW National in Salt Lake City
Top O the Rockies in Paonia
WesStoc in Reno
Horizons Unlimited in Mariposa


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