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post #1 of 37 Old 11-08-2010, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Question AMA roadside assistance?

Has anyone ever used this? Is it as good or better than AAA?


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I have used it and had no problems. The truck was equipped to carry a bike and they dropped it off at the dealer for me. I think they have a 35 mile limit. It is the only reason I am a member of the AMA

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I have used it twice (Buell) 10+ years ago and it worked as advertised.
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post #4 of 37 Old 11-08-2010, 05:17 PM
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I needed it one Sunday night in June. The AMA tried their best but they couldn't find anyone in the area that was willing to go out and get me on a Sunday. Finally, I contacted a friend of a friend in the towing business and he came and got me. The AMA did sent me a one hundred dollar check to help the cost. It wasn't AMA's fault I don't think, there was just no tow truck operator that felt like going out on father's day.

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post #5 of 37 Old 11-08-2010, 09:06 PM
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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.

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post #6 of 37 Old 11-08-2010, 09:24 PM
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The AMA roadside failed on me twice. Most recent was wife's Burgman puking up another rectifier, on a saturday morning along side a very busy hiway, AMA tried for an hour to find a hook, but noone would come over til monday. I ended up putting the bike on my brother-in-laws pickup truck.
Then I found that her suzuki extended warrenty would have reimbursed for towing to a dealership.
FWIW, this was 20 miles outside of boston, not someplace in the sticks. I wouldnt trust it. Just keep $40 in your pocket for the off chance you need assistance.
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post #7 of 37 Old 11-08-2010, 10:26 PM
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Read the fine print. I looked at one (don't remember which) and because I'm in KY, by the time it was done, the only thing they would do was bring me a can of fuel. Some of the states had huge lists of exclusions.


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post #8 of 37 Old 11-09-2010, 07:32 AM
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With some of the long rides I have done over the last year. I have been looking into a roadside assistance plan with towing also. Its been between AMA or one with my insurance policy.

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post #9 of 37 Old 11-09-2010, 09:31 AM
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the reason to join AMA

Sorry, guys, but I think there are more important reasons to join the AMA than the roadside assistance (and I know that was the basis of this thread). I have been a member for over 20 years and feel that it is VERY important to support them and their fight for our rights. The roadside assistance is just an added bonus. No, I have (thankfully) not had to use it. If it didn't help me, I would still be a member.
I just don't understand why every motorcyclist doesn't join and make the AMA stronger.
Just my 2 cents worth. I'll hush now.
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post #10 of 37 Old 11-09-2010, 10:00 AM
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i tried to use them once... it was later in the day, and after answering a bunch of questions about the bike the guy on the phone decided that since i was not in "danger" (made it to a gas station) he could find a towing company, but they would only cover 5 miles. hung up, called my insurance company, and they had a tow truck before me in less than 15 mins and paid to have it taken back to my home (45 miles). the AMA guy said he could re-emburse us for mileage not covered by my insurance company, but i would have to call back during regular business hours and he'd make a note on my account. When i called back, they looked up my number, there was no note, and i was refused any sort of re-embursement.

as a last ditch emergency i suppose they might come through, but i don't trust them to be my primary tow service.

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