November 2017
Volume 44 / Issue 94

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From the desk of the Editor

Editorial : “THE FIRE”

If you are not aware about the last couple of weeks we have had a little issue here in Sonoma, Napa, counties. From the top of San Francisco Bay all the way to Cloverdale in the north, we have all been on pins and needles since the late evening of October 8th when while we slept extreme winds fanned a fire from Tubbs lane near Calistoga over the Mayacama Mount range at an astonishing speed and attacked our homes and city of Santa Rosa. We were some of the lucky ones and were spared.

Our RKA "Thanksgiving Banner" is for Mrs Schultz who lost the peanuts creaters home in this fire.

The other story is from a real "Story teller" Brian Fies of "The Fies Files". His story will touch you the most.

Below is video and images to share with you all.

This is a video I did on Monday, we felt safe at the time and I went to work. Then decided to come home not knowing what was going on behind our home.This turned out to be an unrelated arson fire!!
Santa Rosa Fire 10-09-2017
Then after a week of seige I did this video
On the seventh Day
Saturday we rode to Sacramento through the fire ravaged area which is over 30 miles away from our home
View of the fire from the other side

This is an overlay
of the 1964 fire and
the 2017 fire
The Stars are our
Business & Home
It's 100 miles from
the bottom to
top of this map
Fountain Grove
The Hilton
HP Archives gone
Coffey Park
Hundreds of homes
The distance
between these three
places is crazy
The Red Barn
Monday morning
wake up call
These are just a few of the messages we were getting
THEN some relief
Letters to the Editor -- Thank You -- Everyone
So as I work on this Newsletter I started to sort out the "few" letters and notes we got from friends and customers wishing us well during this fire.
It turned out it was a "little more than a few"! So I have made another page for you to click on to read "some" of the comments. So sorry but I am SURE I have left some out.

So glad you guys are ok document

Event Notes

ONE more scheduled event RKA/Sonoma Raceway Food Drive Ride ...... There are lots of prizes for the drawing
We moved this event to an earlier date, Saturday November 11th hoping to get good weather.

Click here for the Sonoma Raceway Food Drive page.
Becasue of the fires this ride is more important than ever ..... Please come and join us.

Last year for the first time in 16 years the WHOLE ride, LAPS, where canceled. We had a nice lunch and drawing at the track Café while watching it rain like hell.

Kathy and I actually attempted to ride but upon entering the Hwy 101 in the dark, 45 miles with most of it on back roads I decided it was to wet, flooded and risky to take a chance. So we came back and got in the cage.

Here is the attempt …

2016 RKA/Sonomaraceway Food Drive Ride

There were a lot of motorcycles there …. Some RAW DUDES for sure.
This year we will go back to the old format and start the ride from the shop with pasteries and coffee on hand.

We are hoping BARF (Bay Area Riders Forum) and City Bike magazine will get rides together from the south.

This will ensure a great turn out.

A lot of these videos are about the NEW 30K. Want one? Call RKA for a little better deal 707 836 7659
RKA has been very busy producing videos lately.
We would like to recap them and put them in an order you will understand and enjoy .... We hope they will be helpful and informative
so here they are ...
SENA 30K Setup Video 1
Published on Oct 19, 2017
SENA 30K Setup Video 2
Published on Oct 19, 2017
SENA 30K Setup Video 3
Published on Oct 21, 2017
SENA 30K Setup Video 4
Published on Oct 30, 2017
SENA SC1 Install
Published on Oct 21, 2017
Published on Oct 24, 2017

RKA NEW Flagship bag
Published on Oct 26, 2017
K16 Tankbag install Revisited
Published on Oct 8, 2017
NAV VI Overview
Published on May 21, 2017
Published on Oct 6, 2017
Tune2Air BT Adapter
Published on Sep 3, 2017
CA70 Feather River
Published on Sep 19, 2017


So I was thinking ….. Scary huh? 😉

Back in September on Saturday the last day of Quincy “The Beemer Bash” I thought ya know what? I am going to go rouge!
I wanted to see just how easy it was to go NON BMW and set my system up using ONLY my iPhone.
So I cleared everything from my BMW including the GPS, SR10 for the CB & Radar, Reset my 20S headset…. cleared cleared cleared everything!.


I connected the 20S back to Kathy,
Connected my 20S to my iPhone using the phone button (A2DP)
lastly connected my SENA RC4 Remote Control.


1: My Remote Control controlled everything since I was connected directly to my iPhone
2: Of course I had bike to bike communication with Kathy.
3: My iPhone was doing all the rest
a) Garmin USA app for navigation (Runs on satellite not cell service
b) Music from my Mp3 Player in the iPhone, OR Spotify, Pandora, iHeart radio or even   XM/Sirius if you have a subscription and down load the app (lose Cell service stop whining and play your MP3 Player).
c) Phone calls in and out


Watch this short video California's Hwy 70 & The feather River Tutorial
Watch for the ROCK. You will also see how Audio Multitasking may have saved Kathy from a crash!!

Almost every device we have is mounted or controlled through the RKA IN-Charge tankbag …. For those of you that do not care for this set up ….Next month we’ll show you how I attach devices to my motorcycle


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