Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Re: Is AAA with motorcycle coverage worth it?
I have been a AAA member for over 30 years. It's mostly that my parents were always members, and inertia. My wife is on it too, which costs extra. There is a peace of mind that comes with knowing that she has a number to call in case her car breaks down and I am not around to help. They make good maps. We use them for some travel planning, but not insurance.
Very rarely, we have used them for emergency roadside service. They have been prompt and helpful. It's nothing special, just a contract with local towing companies.
I don't know that it is worth buying a full AAA membership, then adding the extra cost for the motorcycle addition, just for emergency motorcycle service only. If you have other vehicles and other family members who might want the service, then it might be worth it. I would compare it with other services to see what they offer. Sometimes the devil is in the details - how far will they tow before adding charges? Etc.
The one time I needed service for my motorcycle, they were prompt and helpful. The battery died. It was late at night and the bike wouldn't start, not even from a jumper. I was in Orange County, CA (urban/suburban). They came and strapped my motorcycle to a large flatbed tow truck. They winched it up to the front of the bed, and then used straps to compress the suspension as hard as they could and keep the bike upright. The tow truck was not designed for motorcycles, but it worked, and there was no damage to the bike. They brought me and my bike home, and I replaced the battery the next day.
One interesting note. After calling AAA, I got a return call from the local service, and they asked me what kind of motorcycle I had. They were clearly relieved that it was an old Honda. I asked the tow truck driver about it, and apparently they don't like Harleys and other expensive motorcycles, because the owners complain of towing-related damage later. It wasn't clear what would have happened if I had owned a Harley (or my current BMW). Would they have passed me along to someone else? Would I have had to wait for hours? I don't know.
You may want to ask who the local service provider is, and then call them to see how they handle towing with your bike.