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post #1 of 9 Old 03-23-2008, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Roadside Assistance providers?

Someone mentioned a small company in the midwest that provides a roadside assistance policy exclusively for motorcyclists. That was more than a year ago so I can't find it using search. Anyone remember the name?

I had the RV/motorcycle rider to my AAA membership but that turned out to be a total waste. I was on a trip and I lost my key and AAA couldn't find a locksmith on a Sunday to help me. They offered to tow me 7 miles. (I was 100 miles away from home where I kept my spare key.) Needless today I carry spare keys in my jacket, but I want to give my business to somebody who understands motorcycles.

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-23-2008, 09:03 PM
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good info, AAA

I've wondered about the AAA service. Now I can save my money. I keep a set of keys in a black velcro pouch inside my fairing. Been on for 15K miles and no problem. When I reach in there sometimes I have a hard time reaching it so I'm sure it safe.

I saw a forum or something with a contact list of fellow owners but I can't remember where. Might work like a roadside service. I'd be willing to help anyone close if my rotating sched allowed. For instance, Name cell #, trailer available, garage, etc

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As an AMA member I have used MoTow roadside assistance. They have a plan specific to motorcycles.
http://www.amadirectlink.com/roadride/motow.asp

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AMA with motow here too.

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Hey you folks with AMA Motow, have any of you had the occasion to use them? I have been pondering signing up for Motow but my one-time experience with another outfit has me a bit gun shy about putting my money out there for another one.

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I saw a forum or something with a contact list of fellow owners but I can't remember where. Might work like a roadside service. I'd be willing to help anyone close if my rotating sched allowed. For instance, Name cell #, trailer available, garage, etc
Try here...
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Good luck here using Good Sam's service.
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Hey you folks with AMA Motow, have any of you had the occasion to use them? I have been pondering signing up for Motow but my one-time experience with another outfit has me a bit gun shy about putting my money out there for another one.
Last year I got a flat in the rear tire with a whole to big for my plug patching kit to fix and about 5 miles from home. After 35yrs of riding off and on this was my first mc flat and first mc tow.
Once I made the call to MoTow it was in the neighborhood of an 1 - 2 hours before they could find somebody who would pick up my bike. The female at the other end was very nice and polite, and after calling her back the third time I find out that she was having problems finding a towing services that was willing to tow my bike. Although she had a list of towing services indicating motorcycle towing in my area, nobody wanted the responsibility of towing a motorcycle when asked that evening. Finally she found somebody and then it took another 3 or 4 calls to give these guys my location (park road no street lights or business). And by now my cell phone is near to failing. He brings a flatbed truck which tilts the rear of the bed down and has me push the bike up on to the bed (with the flat was not an easy task) then once up I push to the front strap each fork and off we go 3 hours after my first phone call.
But the key here is towing services that say they tow mortorcycles but when asked refuse. If the don't want to provide this service take them off the list and stop wasting MoTow time in calling them. I was P O when I found this out.

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Progressive included towing on my Concours policy...no specific charge for it.

GEICO will charge me $10/year for towing the Wee...no limit on number of tows, but each tow is limited to $75.

My State Farm car insurance shows $1.80/year for towing...really cheap!

All are obviously cheaper than AAA or AMA membership, but the other benefits of those organizations have value offsetting their costs.

I think I've had my cars towed 4 times (M/Cs never) in 40 years of driving. Also never had a problem getting a free jumpstart from a good samaritan a couple times. I'm not so sure even a few bucks a year is worth it for roadside assistance, but I pay it anyway.

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