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Old 12-19-2012, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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AMA or AAA?

Hello all,
I'm about to head out on a cross continent tour across the south. I'm coming down from Ontario, Canada and I think it would be a good idea to have road side assistance.
I've done some searching and it appears that AAA is not so motorcycle friendly. In your experience and if you were doing this trip would you sign up for AMA or AAA?
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I am curious about this too..

If one of us broke down out on the road on our bikes, what is the ideal towing method, if a tow is needed? flatbed, with proper tie downs? trailer?
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello all,
In your experience and if you were doing this trip would you sign up for AMA or AAA?
Thanks!
Without question I would pick AAA
I believe they have ALOT more contract tow companies than AMA
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hello all,
I'm about to head out on a cross continent tour across the south. I'm coming down from Ontario, Canada and I think it would be a good idea to have road side assistance.
I've done some searching and it appears that AAA is not so motorcycle friendly. In your experience and if you were doing this trip would you sign up for AMA or AAA?
Thanks!
Being in Canada, this may not particularly fit... But being an AMA member, if you sign up for automatic renewal via a credit card, your perk is free roadside assistance for ALL your vehicles... Cars, motorcycles, whatever... I've used it once for a flat on my Bonnie... worked a treat... made a phone call, a wrecker with a trailer showed up and took me to a dealer to get a new tire... So for me it's a no brainer... I've been AMA member for years and when they came up with the perk, I jumped on it...

As to which is better... AMA or Triple A? Hey, they both just call a wrecker service they have under contract... I would think the AMA service would be more structured and oriented towards motorcyclists... as that is their core constituency...

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I've got roadside assistance though Progressive as part of my insurance policy. I think it's $10 a year.
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Unless it's changed, AAA doesn't cover bikes unless you spring for the very expensive "recreational vehicle" package, priced for motorhomes.
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I guess it's simple if AAA doesn't cover bikes. AMA it is.
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I'm with AMA, mainly because I'd rather have money going to the motorcycle lobby than the cager lobby in DC. AAA has almost universal discounts at motels, which is handy on a long trip, where AMA has Choice, Red Roof, and Motel 6 (not hard to find one of the above usually). AMA has a few other nifty motorcycle-specific benefits as well.
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I guess it's simple if AAA doesn't cover bikes. AMA it is.
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AAA covers bikes with the optional RVPlus coverage.

The AAA towing coverage is good for 100 miles I believe.

The AMA towing coverage is only good for 35 miles.

If you're the kind of rider that does more than just riding for an ice cream cone on a Sunday afternoon, you will likely find yourself more than 35 miles from a motorcycle shop or brand-specific dealer on a regular basis.

I have used the AMA coverage but also had to pay out of pocket on a 75-mile tow.

I iintend to upgrade my AAA membership to cover the motorcycles ASAP.
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If you join the AMA you can set broken bones and write prescriptions, I think.
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