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    Roadside assistance recommendations?

    I signed up with Signature's Nationwide Auto Club through my BMW dealer a couple of years ago and my membership is about to lapse.
    I went to their web site and found verbiage that suggests that they only cover 4-wheeled vehicles. There were no references to motorcycles.
    Can anyone suggest a reliable roadside assistance provider for motorcycles?
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    The AMA provides coverage with certain membership levels. They provide an advocate for motorcyclist rights and interests at local, state, and national levels, too.
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    To Vfroger idea.

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    AMA Mo-Tow

    FREE towing for ALL your vehicles with an AUTO-RENEW AMA Membership. They bill your card each year, after notifying you of the charge. You can, of course, cancel membership at any time, so not a lifetime commitment, just auto-renew.

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    Not everybody loves the AMA, but this is a hell of a deal.

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    ALWAYS read the fine print. My go/no-go is based on mileage limits. I look for "unlimited mileage to the nearest qualified service provider." Plans with 50 or 100 mile limits are uselsess in the western half of the US if we are talking BMW motorcycles that need to get to a dealership for repair. Battery or tire problems, maybe fewer miles but if it needs dealer skill set limits will kill you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    ALWAYS read the fine print. My go/no-go is based on mileage limits. I look for "unlimited mileage to the nearest qualified service provider." Plans with 50 or 100 mile limits are uselsess in the western half of the US if we are talking BMW motorcycles that need to get to a dealership for repair. Battery or tire problems, maybe fewer miles but if it needs dealer skill set limits will kill you.
    +1 on not having mileage limits. My last "occurrence" resulted in a tow of over eight hundred miles. The bill was over a thousand dollars. Fortunately my USAA insurance reimbursed me.
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    Markel's towing coverage?

    has anyone used the towing coverage available as part of the MOA Markel insurance? I'm planning to switch when we take possession of our second bike next week and thought that it is a good thing to add.

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    I haven't calculated the cost(s), but as a backup I always thought that renting a u-haul or somesuch suitable vehicle would have to be less expensive than a commercial tow.

    My thought is to have the Progressive tow coverage either get me to a BMW dealer or a U-haul franchise. From there.....

    Had a flat on a trip on a busy highway, called Progressive, (really hard to hear using a cell phone on a highway). Roll back arrived took me to nearby BMW dealer, asked BMW mechanic if he had much experience with an Airhead (the bike not me) He said that he had never been trained or had worked on one. Encouraging.

    did OK.

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    [quote=amiles;766960]i haven't calculated the cost(s), but as a backup i always thought that renting a u-haul or somesuch suitable vehicle would have to be less expensive than a commercial tow.
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    +1

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    [QUOTE=mervingry;766967]
    Quote Originally Posted by amiles View Post
    i haven't calculated the cost(s), but as a backup i always thought that renting a u-haul or somesuch suitable vehicle would have to be less expensive than a commercial tow.
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    +1
    OK so your bike breaks down. You get towed to a U-Haul dealer and rent a trailer. Now what?? You gonna camp in the trailer or put your bike in it and try to pull it somewhere by yourself without a running vehicle?
    Marty - in the western Oregon mountains.'06RT, (gone '04RT, '86 Venture Royal, '81 Yamaha Virago920, '82Suzuki GS1100GK, '76 Suzuki GT750, Triumph 750 Bonneville, BSA Road Rocket 650, 61" Harley knucklehead)

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    Corrected link:

    http://www.allstatemotorclub.com/amc...CWelcome.faces

    Yes they cover motorcycles. Call the number and get the straight poop.
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    Here's a better link if you choose Allstate:

    https://www.allstatemotorclub.com/am...ODE=rvaff&null

    25% off for the first year.

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    [QUOTE=MPMARTY;766973]
    Quote Originally Posted by mervingry View Post

    OK so your bike breaks down. You get towed to a U-Haul dealer and rent a trailer. Now what?? You gonna camp in the trailer or put your bike in it and try to pull it somewhere by yourself without a running vehicle?

    Sorry to have been so unclear. I meant to rent a self propelled truck (small as possible).

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    Thumbs down NOT Progressive Roadside Assistance! Thank Goodness for MOA!!!

    We learned yesterday how much better MOA Platinum membership is compared to the Progressive Roadside Assistance plan we paid for (now cancelled). I never checked the mileage limit on the Progressive RA until we called them for a tow (blown transmission on Rick's GS). The tow company was quite happy to hear the dealer was 72 miles away. Apparently, Progressive RA only covers up to 15 miles, and get this---the overage (60 miles) was going to cost us $6 per mile! We could buy a bike trailer for $360 and never need a tow again!

    How likely is it that we'd ever break down within 15 miles of a BMW shop? Not very. Apparently, the pre-negotiated rate with Progressive is so low that the tow companies will make it up on any overage charges which appear to be fair game at any price!

    We then called MOA, hearts sunk because in looking at the membership card we realized we had let our membership (platinum plus regular) lapse. Kicking ourselves (and each other), we asked anyway: if we catch our dues up, can we use the roadside assistance right away? Luckily the answer was "yes"! 30 minutes later (about 2 hours total into this ordeal), there was a motorcycle-only flatbed pickup on site loading up the bike, no charge to us. We'll need that $360 to put toward the new tranny (boo hoo)!

    All I can say is, BMW MOA platinum is coverage you can actually USE, not just a guise for referrals to ripoff rates. I contacted Progressive when I got home and got my $40 back. We'll use that towards the repairs also... You'll probably see us listing a few things on the Flea Market to raise the funds as well!

    You've all seen the Progressive commercials; Flo rides around in a hollowed-out helmet to keep her hairdo. Serious about riding? I think not.

    BMW MOA Rocks!!! Renew for 5 years at a time so you're never not a member!

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    Just FYI the MOA towing program covers the first 100 miles and there is no mention of what happens next. Still it beats AAA which covers I think about the first 5 miles, and sometimes not for motorcycles.

    "PLATINUM CYCLE CLUB MOTORCYCLE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE will reimburse you for each of the following 24-hour emergency services: Towing (up to 100 miles)..."

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