October 2013
Volume 3 / Issue 47



EDITORIAL



From the desk of the Editor







Hi Gang,

We have done a little traveling in the last couple of months. We drove the rig to Salem Oregon for the BMW National and to Bend Oregon for the “Curved Cow Boy Reunion”. Salem was in the big rig but I actually rode the moto behind it. Another story. Then Steve and I rode to John Day for the “Chief Joseph” rally, we FedEx’ed product up there so we could ride. So to make a long story short I did 3 or 4 600 mile DAYS on my trusty stead. In June and July.

Now we are so excited and getting ready for “AIMExpo” in Orlando! The event is October 16th to the 20th
if you are a dealer please come and see us Wednesday Thursday and Friday morning. We really want to show dealers our product for ALL the brands and models, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati, Triumph, BMW and any other brands out there! RKA manufactures luggage for everyone!

If you are a consumer please come and see us on Friday evening Saturday and Sunday. For this event we will have a 10% discount on all RKA luggage and some really special packages on Vega helmets, SENA Bluetooth and Adaptiv TPX Radar!!

You can purchase a Vega Summit III modular or Stealth F117 Full Face with the best anti-fog screen and a SENA headset installed for an unbelievable package price! Starting at $340.00 to $375.00. So do the math! If you ride two up you can get TWO helmets with the same features that some of the most expensive helmets have PLUS Bluetooth for under $750.00!!! One of the other brands with a Bluetooth headset will run you over $1,000.00 for ONE!

Now you say, I cannot make it to Orlando what can you do for ME? Well guess what? This package and the 10% off RKA luggage is open to every retail customer by just calling our 800 number and ordering!

If you just want a helmet or a SENA product and no installation you can order Vega helmets and SENA online if you like as we have the best pricing online. But to get the “Package” or the 10% off RKA luggage you will need to call.

1-800-349-1-RKA (1752) or 707-836 -7659

So go ahead and enjoy the newsletter, we have some really cool videos from a couple of our customers and some interesting ones from “TED” and “Austin City Limits”.

Plus other interesting stuff.

Enjoy…..





REMEMBER ......
The most important event of the year is October 16-20, the AIMEXpo in Orlando, FL. So all you DEALERS and ALL the friends of RKA come and say HI!
When and Where Dealers and consumers are invited.
Both number is 875 here is the Floor plan ..... Show Info




Click on the logos to LIKE us on Facebook. There is a lot of information posted there all the time. Don't want to miss anything! AND RKA finally has a TWITTER account! Join us there also .... Kathy and I are trying real hard to be socially and media correct.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Thanks for the feedback and service.

I liked your taking the time to speak with me when I purchased the GTL: tank and tail bags a few months ago. Your feedback was recognized as outstanding! My business is a service business and while one typically doesn’t think of motorcycle farkles as a service business, it clearly is with all the new technology, information and years of experience you add to the purchase.

The J&M 2003CM setup on the GTL out of frustration after reading the K1600 form comments on non BMW headsets not working and the expense and limitations of the BMW and Schuberth combos. Unfortunately the J&M has not performed all that well and in fact is the reason for the overnight FedEx of my new setup as it’s not back from warranty service.

All that said, when Allen got his GTL he asked for recommendations and I recommended you. . . . and you did the rest!

Thanks,
Mark

Hello Richard,

Received the bag yesterday. Thanks for the quick service! Here's a couple of photos of the bag installed on the 2012 ZX14R. Must say that your design is very clever and practical. Appreciate the quality and finish. And it looks great, too.

Best,
Bob

Hi Richard,

I got a nice surprise today… received the new RKA tank bag for the Hayabusa. It turned-out much better than I anticipated; it looks like it came with the bike.

Took some pics of it installed just for you! :-)

Thanks for all the feedback and quick turnaround.

Posted more over on my FB: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?
set=a.10201185678741671.1073741839.1161529609&type=1&l=e5f64f7108

--Felix Lugo
Longwood, FL


Nice bags, works well on my Kawasaki ZRX 1200
Hans agren, San Rafael CA.

Dear Richard and Kathy:

Liz and I just wanted to extend a very big and warm thank you for your time Saturday afternoon. Liz, Ozzy and I really enjoyed meeting and spending time with you at your shop and we learned a lot. Liz and I came away from there with the confidence that regardless of which bike we settle on, our communication needs will be well-met by RKA. And that is a good thing to have learned! You guys really know your business!

Richard, your TL1000 gave me an idea that hadn't really occurred to me before (it was one of those 'duh!' moments): if I were to buy a used sportbike then I could go ahead and buy the new water-cooled RT when it comes out and not sweat trying to find that one 'perfect do-it-all' bike. So we will buy whichever one lands in our laps first, and then the other...I think that is the course we are going to take.

Hope you have a great and productive trip to Orlando!

All the best,

Greg

PS: I would like you to know that Ozzy is a great young guy and has some anxieties he really wrestles with. Because of some of his fears, he has been telling his mom and me that he wasn't 'ever' going to get on the bike with us. Thanks to his time with you, he now wants his own helmet and says he will ride with me. That was a big breakthrough and, as you might imagine, a very cool moment for Liz and me. We both just wanted to say how much that means to us, thank you. God bless.

Editors NOTE: I want to thank Greg, Liz & Ozzy for allowing us to post this in the Newsletter! To be able to impact someones life like this was very heart warming to Kathy and I.


SOME COOL VIDEOS
Kathy and I, RKA are posting videos every month. Fun ones, educational ones, and instructional ones.
So we hope you enjoy them, we sure do.
NOTE: Be sure and click on the "full screen" icon to enlarge the video, and if the quality looks low click on the "gear"
at the bottom right of the screen to increase the resolution to 1080.

Jake Barton:
The museum of you
Esperanza Spalding:
"Cinnamon Tree"
Marla Spivak:
Why bees are disappearing

FUN & MOVIES! We all love movies and here are our picks this month. .
We'll post these on out Facebook page also. So be ready to give everyone your opinion.
Greg Peart :
Our good friend and retired
CHP officer has some fun
Phil Keoghan - 'The Ride' Trailer
Marco Salgado
RKA customer and BAD MAN!
Marco Salgado
RKA customer and BAD MAN!
My latest and greatest iMovie is now available on Facebook.
You can view it at:
WABDR 2013
After viewing hit your "Back Button" to return to the newsletter
My latest and greatest iMovie is now available on Facebook. You can view it at:
WABDR 2013,
The Bad and Ugly

After viewing hit your "Back Button" to return to the newsletter

STORY OF THE MONTH

Rather than an actual story we thought you would enjoy this.....
And we thought RKA customers were tuff ;-)

THESE ARE ACTUAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY "THOMAS COOK VACATIONS FROM DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS :

1. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

2. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."

3. "On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price"

5. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."

6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."

7. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."

8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."

9. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."

10. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."

12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England . It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."

13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."

14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort'. We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."

15. "There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."

16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."

17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

18. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."

19. "My fiance and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."


OCTOBER CONSUMER SALE MONTH

10% off all RKA luggage for the month of October!

The PACKAGE!

You can purchase a Vega Summit III modular or Stealth F117 Full Face with the best anti-fog screen and a SENA headset installed for an unbelievable package price! Starting at $340.00 to $375.00. So do the math! If you ride two up you can get TWO helmets with the same features that some of the most expensive helmets have PLUS Bluetooth for under $715.00!!! One of the other brands with a Bluetooth headset will run you over $1,000.00 for ONE!

If you just want a helmet or a SENA product and no installation you can order Vega helmets and SENA online if you like as we have the best pricing online. But to get the “Package” or the 10% off RKA luggage you will need to call.

1-800-349-1-RKA (1752) or 707-836 -7659


Vega Summit 3.0 Modular helmet, or Vega Stealth F117, Fog Screen, SENA Bluetooth headset,
The BEST pricing you can get, ALL right here at RKA!

For ONE solo rider $335.00 to $375.00
The package for TWO riders runs from $640.00 to $715.00, depending on the SENA headset and helmet you choice.

The package includes Summit 3.0 Module with drop down screen, Fog Screen, or Stealth F117, SENA headset, Installed,

("Package" Based on the SENA SMH10 Models, solo and dual, with lowest MAP pricing. Price may vary depending on model)

RKA carries many other products for your delight..Find them all on our "Products Page".....


SENA BLUETOOTH is the leader in innovation and functionality for the Bluetooth motorcycle industry.
RKA will have Vega Summit 3.0 Modular helmets, with SENA Bluetooth headsets installed for Driver Passenger and Bike to Bike for you to take out on a test ride. FREE Headset installs!! & the BEST pricing you can get ALL right here!
VEGA Helmets the Summit 3.0 Modular with drop down screens, ¾ and FF models also; The best kept secret in the industry. At a very reasonable price they manufacture a really nice product certified to stringent European ECE 22.05 standard which meets or exceeds DOT standards. Great features are a drop down sun screen, Cool Maxx easily removable washable liner. The VEGA fog screen is the best one I have ever used, ever! It is NOT a pin insert but the screen itself AWESOME!
ADAPTIV TPX RADAR has been personally tested and stands proudly with the best of them.
ADAPTIV GLOWRIDER Jackets and vests, their new line of apparel is great. It is battery powered system lights you up at night!! See this months review!
POWERLET the standard in motorcycle electrical parts for your motorcycle
RAMMOUNT the standard in motorcycle mounting systems
MIDLAND CB radios that can be adapted to the SENA SR10 Bluetooth adapter to make it virtually a Bluetooth device!!
MOTOROLA FRS radios that can be adapted to the SENA SR10 Bluetooth adapter to make it virtually a Bluetooth device!
LIQUID IMAGE Sport Cameras. NOT competition to the more expensive cameras but has the features you would want like WiFi, 720, 1080, send clips over your phone and more for a low price.
GARMIN the leader in GPS devices and the motorcycle designed 660LM & 665LM GPS’s
MOTOCHELLO If you want the best in wired communications this is it!
PRODUCTS REPORT
SENA releases NEW Firmware 4.3 BETA!!!!

This firmware release does not work in the SMH10-R model


Music Sharing with a Rider and a Passenger

You can start sharing music with an intercom friend using Bluetooth stereo music during a two-way intercom conversation. You should update SMH10 firmware v4.3rc1 to use music sharing function. Please make sure that your headset is paired with a Bluetooth music device as well as another SMH10 headset for the intercom conversation. If they are not paired, please pair them by following the section “6.1 Mobile Phone Pairing” and the section “8.1 Pairing with Other Headsets for the Intercom Conversation” in the SMH10 User’s Guide.


Speed Dialing

You can assign a desired phone number to a speed dial on the SMH10 or on PC, and quickly make a phone call by using the voice speed dial menu while the phone is paired. You should update SMH10 firmware v4.3rc1 to use speed dial function. Please make sure that your headset is paired with your mobile phone. If it is not paired, please pair it by following the section “6.1 Mobile Phone Pairing” in the SMH10 User’s Guide.

Click here for the SMH10 v4.3 Beta Firmware Notes PDF
APP OF THE MONTH REPORT


NOTICE There is bad language in this report. So I am making it a clickable link.
If you think you may be offended don’t click.

This is not an APP report but again thought you would enjoy it.

"
Sorry that password has expired. You must register a new one". Click here

EVENTS UPDATE

In 2014 do you have an event you would like to see us at? Let us know.
Date Event Location Name / Link


October 16- 20
AIMEXPO
Orlando, FL,
November 16th RKA / Sonoma Raceway Food Dr
RKA Shop
This is tentative at this time
More info soon
November 18th
3J's Trackday
&
Dave Stanton day
Sonoma Raceway
December 2nd
American
SportBike Night
Dick’s Restaurant.
3188 Alvarado Street
San Leandro, Ca. 94577
6:30 pm, the first Monday of each Month.

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Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter has much as I did putting it together.

Ride Safe / Have Fun
See you next month

Richard & Kathy



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