On the coast of Kansas
On the coast of Kansas
My wife bought a car early this last summer that had run flat tires, and thus the car cam without a spare tire, and no place to store one. With less than 3K on the car, we left home for the bay area for appointments at about 6 am. Traveling on a seldom traveled road, seeing only one other vehicle in the first hour of travel. At about 7 am, came around a turn, sun shinning in the windshield, hit a "road hazard", more than likely a rock that came down from a road cut. Anyway, made a "U" shaped cut in the sidewall, about 6" X 4" that remained attached at the tread. The bottom of the "U" cut was less than an inch from the rim. Needless to say, without sidewall integrity, the tire was no longer a "run flat".
So, 7 am, no other traffic on the road, no cell service for another 35 - 40 miles! Fortunately I had brought my "HT" amateur radio with me, and was able to reach one of the repeaters in the area. So, got a response to my emergency call and had someone that would relay my information to AAA.
Three months later, my wife traded that car in on a similar one with good old standard tires. So....be careful what you ask for!!!!
I have a BMW car with run-flats. The BMW forums are filled with messages on that topic. People who live in areas where the roads are bad (i.e. around NYC) generally hate them because they transmit every road flaw straight to the the steering wheel. If you are "fortunate" enough to get a flat on the road and be able to get to a dealer you'll most likely be told that it will have to be replaced. On the plus side at least they can get you off a potentially dangerous highway.
Run flats on a RTP are questionable. Most RTp's aren't going to be more than 10-15 miles from the station anyway. Even if they are they won't be out in the boonies over a hundred miles from help.
If they go flat in a pursuit, they aren't going to be able to continue the pursuit.
'03 R1150R, '03 F650GS, '97DR200SE,'78 Honda CT-90, '77Honda CT-90
We have had the Allstate Road Side Assitance for several years and have used it twice. The first time was in 08 and we called them and they took us to the dealer we wanted although there was one a lot closer. I think the tow bill was over 400 dollars and they paid if fine. The last time was when we were on the way to the rally in Pennsylvania and we were only 30 miles from a dealer and they had someone there within a half hour and we never did see a copy of the bill. I think the price is now $110 a year. The unlimited mileage part is what is important.
I was looking for someone with unlimited towing. The best I could find was 200 miles. The Allstate motor club web site says the rv road help package at $99.95 has "unlimited amount of towing to the nearest service facility". Has anyone had an experience with Allstate where they limited you?
Will they really take me to the nearest BMW dealer which can be hundreds of miles?
2008 BMW R1200RT (most fun you can legally have)
2002 BMW R1150RT
2008 Kawasaki Versys
their fine print is not how you translate it, but how they translate it.
Ride Safe, Ride Lots
"Service Facility" is one qualified for the job, A tire or battery is closer. A final drive is further. I know onecasee where Allstate RV towed a sidecar rig OVER 500 miles to a dealership equipped to fix the bearings in a sidecare wheel.
But, buy what you want. Save some bucks if that trips your trigger.
Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
I've had the MOA Premium membership with towing for about 4 years. Never needed it until this past summer. Riding a K bike at the time when the fuel pump died Sunday morning about 30 miles out of Charlotte, NC.
Called the number on the card, took about 1 hr. for the truck to show up, towed me home where I replaced the pump later.
I will continue to use it because it's the cheapest (for me) and seems to work when I needed it.