There’s a real sinking feeling you get when you are out on a great ride and, suddenly, for whatever reason, your bike breaks down.
Hopefully, you can fix it yourself. Do you carry the right tools to get yourself out of a bad spot?
It’s worth some thought before you hit the road.
Does your tool kit contain the things you’ll need for roadside repairs? Some kits do. But, often, a few specialty tools are worth adding. Does your bike require Torx bits for some fasteners? Are there some nuts and bolts you could reach better with a ratchet, rather than the 10mm wrench that came with your toolkit? The best way to know if you’ve got what you need for simple repairs is to use your bike tool kit when you do repairs in your garage.
Also, prepare for the worst. Familiarize yourself with the AMA Roadside Assistance Plus program. AMA Roadside Assistance Plus includes unlimited service calls a year for all vehicles registered to your household. It includes motorcycles, cars, trucks, trailers and RVs. It does not cover commercial vehicles or commercial trailers.
AMA Roadside Assistance Plus is an included benefit in the AMA Life Member Plus program. AMA Life Members who pay the $29 annual fee to upgrade to AMA Life Member Plus receive all the benefits of AMA Roadside Assistance Plus.
For more information, call (800) 262-5646 and speak with an AMA member services representative or go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/Story/ama-roadside-assistance-plus.
Taking a little time to plan ahead could save you some grief later.