Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: SF Bay Area, California
AMA roadside assistance
I got a flat on the freeway at rush hour. I looked in my wallet: AAA card, but they require you upgrade to an RV membership to get motorcycle roadside assistance. My State Farm insurer doesn't offer motorcycle assistance, per se;. I was told that if I needed it, I should pay a tow truck and submit a receipt. AMA? Yeah, that's why I joined them, too. So I called them.
The operator asked me a bunch of questions. What was my policy number, type of bike, what accessories were on it, what was wrong with the bike and where was I located, etc. It was really hard to hear him, as rush hour traffic was zooming by. While I was still answering 20 Questions, up came a tow truck. I walked over and asked him how much he charged. "It's free," he replied. So I thanked the AMA operator and hung up. It turns out that they offer free assistance in my area at rush hour. I patched the tire ( I felt smart, I had just bought the bike but had thrown in a patch kit), the tow truck driver filled it with air, and I was on my way a few minutes later. I could have filled the tire myself, by the way, with the CO2 cartridges I had. I would have been waiting a lot longer for AMA to call another tow truck, but would have had to, if there had been something more serious wrong with my bike.
So I guess I'm saying, it's better to be prepared to fix it yourself, then have the AMA plan as an emergency backup.
Last edited by Quigg; 11-08-2010 at 09:32 PM.