May & June 2011
Issues 18 - 19

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Editorial The bagman speaks
Events What's Happening out there?
Readers Write Lets hear what's on your mind
New Stuff New exciting product releases from RKA
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RKA is working on some new products to sell this year and if you know us, you know we do not sell just "stuff", we sell product that we use or have tested.

I just got back from a "friends" house. He could be the smartest person I know in the whole world.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon contemplating my naval as David worked his ass off hooking up a new product to my moto. Oh yes I held the plug or bolt or tool for him but not much more. As I stood there I began to think about where he came from, where did we meet?

David I said, when did we meet? He looked at me and laughed, we meet about 20 years ago when you were on Bluebell, your first shop but you do not remember. Nancy, Parker and I came into your Healdsburg shop in 2001 and you seemed surprised that I knew you and you did not remember me.
I looked back at him and said WOW, I just wish I could remember everyone I have spoken to over the last 26 years of this business, looking kind of embarrassed.

He looked back up at me and just smiled. We both understood that I could not possibly remember everyone.

Kathy and I were talking over dinner a few days ago about our lives and if we had made the right decision starting RKA in the first place. We both had pretty good jobs and it seemed so exciting at the time to get into the motorcycle business. What brought up the subject was money, or the lack of it.

It's June now. We have made it through our 26th winter and we still own our home, the van, our little purple car and motorcycles, our business has survived the worst winter we could remember economically.

I cannot tell every story or remember every person that impacted our life and business but Kathy and I want to just say THANK YOU to all our loyal customers and THANK YOU to our many closer friends we have been able to associate with over the years. You know who you are.

We are still here and moving along with new product and visiting folks at rallies and races when we can.

I'll just lay in a few photos of the past in the side bar for your ammusment.

Just got done putting in the photos and discovered there is no way I can get everyone in them. So if you think Kathy or I forgot you we did not!

Ride Safe, Have Fun

Maybe a old and over used line but.. May the force be with you all

I will be requesting a seminar slot on
Bluetooth and Communications Technology
at all of the events.
Location State
16th to 18th
Chief Joseph Rally
*seminars Confirmed
John Day CA
28th to 30th
Top O the Rockies Paonia CO
30th to 2nd
Curved Cowboy Reunion Boise ID
3th to 4th
Bonneville Vintage GP
September  16th to 18th Beemer Bash
*seminars Confirmed
 Quincy CA
October  14th to16th
Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting
*seminars Confirmed
 Cambria CA
November  .  .  .  .
December  .  .  .  .
David & Steve
Denise my old Roadrace buddy,
With Aaron
Lynne, Ed & Kathy
Gerardo, Jean & Harold
Join our


Gerardo & Andy.
First date.
142mph R1200ST
With Lard ass aboard!
YES That's Lance!
Yes that's MY moto right next to him!
Yes, Lance, Levi, Contador, Horner The Whole GANG!!
RKA in lights!
Having to much fun!
Before to much fun.
After to much fun
Mike a BEST friend
out in no where land.
Steve & Candy
Ken & Bobby
Bobby & Shelly
with the camera man
This is COLOR!
Mary & Danny
This is what happens
when you try to stay
with Kathys SV650.
Snow at Possum mews.

Readers Write

You know I love this stuff, send to me from

"Rick Canham", customer and friend.

5 Riddles

1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires. The second is full of assassins with loaded guns. The third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

3. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

5. This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching!


1. The third room. Lions that haven't eaten in three years are dead. That one was easy, right?

2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry (shot; held under water; and hung).

3. Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing.

4. Sure you can name three consecutive days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow!

5. The letter e, which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph.

Kathy's bad bicycle day
Richard's & Knuts bad motorcycle day
When I was a young boy
Bill & Richard
Old fat guys.
Terry with ME
right on his butt!!
The Girls
Susan & Albert

NEW Stuff! Rammount & Powerlet
SAE to SAE Powerlead
SAE to Cigar ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....SAE to TWO Cigar
SAE to SAE / Cigar lighter "Y"
Check out our Rammount and Powerlet pages.
Some are already there some will be there in a day or two.
We are adding some new cool parts like Nuvi cradles not stocked before, a NEW smartphone cradle that will hold almost any style phone, Cigar lighter adapters, more power leads.
Check it out here:
Rammount Page
Powerlet Page
Nuvi Cradles
NEW Smartphone Cradle
iPad Cradle
USB adpater for cigar lighter.
iPhone G4 Cradle
New Stuff! K1600GT/GTL Liners
As of 06-06-11 these liners are on backorder for at least two to three weeks. Please place your order and it will be shipped as soon as they are ready.

We expect these liners to be backordered for some time, so get in line and order now!!


These Liners have an outside wall and inside wall zippered pocket that make a PERFECT fit into the contoured shape of the hardbags.

BOTH sides of the main body have double YKK zippers and can be opened from either side. The outside pocket wall has an organizer for Maps, Keys, Pens, Phone, iPod etc. They also include an adjustable 1.5" wide shoulder strap.

They are priced at $150.00 MSRP for the SET.
Both bags.
BMW linersbags are $150.00 EACH!

The K1600GT tankbag is $276.00. RKA is working on specific bags for the GT and for the even narrower handlebar application for the GTL, and I can assure you the features and pricing will be much better, as usual. This bag will be available in the near future.

Please call 1-800-349-1RKA
or visit for more information.
New Stuff! HE HydroElectric Tankbag Series
RKA introduces the NEW for 2011 HydroElectric Tankbag series.

Using a small play on words RKA has designed a new series of tankbags that allow you to POWER your tankbag and INSTALL smartphones, FRS radios, and small GPS units using our new optional "Dashboard" cradle!

The "HE" (HydroElectric) tankbag 17 liter SuperSport model shown at right starts with our regular high quality functional tankbags.

Then RKA added the RKA portal system from our "IN-Charge Series" to the left side wall. RKA also added hook & loop for our optional control box shown at left, and adjusted the organizer insert to accommodate the base plate. This now allows you to insert Cables, Wires, Cords or even a CamelBak unit and drinking tube, shown below, hence; "Hydro", Hydrate and drink, "Electric", Power up your tankbag.

This "HE" series tankbag is manufactured in all nine styles and is priced at $30.00 above the standard tankbag pricing.

Now you can add an optional power lead and cigar charger to power and or charge your iPhone or smartphone, you can also install an input for your electric liner so your thermostat is easily accessible.

To go a step further we have designed and added our "Dashboard" cradle as one of the many optional accessories, shown at right, before installation. This item is priced at $65.00 for a do it yourself installation. RKA can also install the "Dashboard" for you at a small additional charge.

This RKA designed and manufactured "Dashboard" can swivel over 60 degrees for the perfect view and attaches to the top of the tankbag, shown below installed and allows your RKA regular mapcase to slide right back on under its base, now you are ready to mount your iPhone or Smart phone on the tankbag with an optional Rammount cradle for your device so you can see and interact with your navigation, music, and phone calls.

YES, if you already own a regular RKA tankbag this "Dashboard" cradle can be retro fitted!

In addition you will be able to mount other devices like a small FRS radio on the cradle so you can have bike to bike communications by using our Starcom wired system, or J&M Bluetooth or wired devices that can fit in the optional control box.

NOW .. OPTION AWAY! .. RKA Dashboard ... RKA Control Box ... POWERLET SAE to SAE pig tail ... Power lead to battery ... cigar charger ... USB adapter ... Thermostat ... Starcom ... J&M communications ... Contour camera .... You name it!!

We would like to note.


Please call 1-800-349-1RKA or visit for more information.

.Kathy and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Drop us a line let us know what you like and don't like

Richard Battles
Kathy Storin