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I received a renewal notice in the mail yesterday for the annual AMA. I am a pessimist, and this is how I read it. Sign up for automatic renewal, and get road side assistance free this year. What that says between the lines is we will automatically renew your membership next year, with the road side assistance for an extra $49.95. Am I paranoid? I already dropped my Kawasaki Road side this Month (ROK), and will be dropping the HRCA next Month. I was going to go with the AAA RV plan.

Do you think the AMA roadside will be free again next year too?

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I received a renewal notice in the mail yesterday for the annual AMA. I am a pessimist, and this is how I read it. Sign up for automatic renewal, and get road side assistance free this year. What that says between the lines is we will automatically renew your membership next year, with the road side assistance for an extra $49.95. Am I paranoid? I already dropped my Kawasaki Road side this Month (ROK), and will be dropping the HRCA next Month. I was going to go with the AAA RV plan.

Do you think the AMA roadside will be free again next year too?

Herb
If you are a member of the AMA get your MARCH issue out and read "From the President" Rob explains in detail the hows and the whys of the program. In short, if you renew online with a credit card and sign up for automatic yearly renewal for $39.00 (not $49.00) you are automatically enrolled in Roadside Assistance. Maybe you ought to try "OPTIMIST" for a pleasant change. ;)
 

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If you are a member of the AMA get your MARCH issue out and read "From the President" Rob explains in detail the hows and the whys of the program. In short, if you renew online with a credit card and sign up for automatic yearly renewal for $39.00 (not $49.00) you are automatically enrolled in Roadside Assistance. Maybe you ought to try "OPTIMIST" for a pleasant change. ;)
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In short, if you renew online with a credit card and sign up for automatic yearly renewal for $39.00 (not $49.00) you are automatically enrolled in Roadside Assistance.
Oh, I understood that for 2009. I am talking about 2010, with that renewal you have no part of. It is automatic. And I meant that $49 on top of your $39.:22yikes: Maybe even more since they pointed out twice in the letter that some orginizations charge over $100 for this service.

I smell Feeesh.
 

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Maybe I missied it but I didn't read it that way. It was my understanding when I signed up that whoever signs up via automatic renewal gets and continues to get the roadside assistance for free.

When I get a minute I'm going to review the paperwork and see if its only for 2009. That would be a bummer if it wasn't free each and every year!
 

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Oh, I understood that for 2009. I am talking about 2010, with that renewal you have no part of. It is automatic. And I meant that $49 on top of your $39.:22yikes: Maybe even more since they pointed out twice in the letter that some orginizations charge over $100 for this service.

I smell Feeesh.
I don't believe that would be in the best interests of what AMA is trying to accomplish. They have a great history of advocating for motorcyclists, not ripping them off.
 

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Maybe I missied it but I didn't read it that way. It was my understanding when I signed up that whoever signs up via automatic renewal gets and continues to get the roadside assistance for free.

When I get a minute I'm going to review the paperwork and see if its only for 2009. That would be a bummer if it wasn't free each and every year!
What does the roadside assistance consist of?
 

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What does the roadside assistance consist of?
This is directly from the AMA website.:p

Never Ride Alone with AMA Roadside Assistance

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Coverage for all your vehicles and your family’s vehicles, from motorcycles to cars, trucks, RVs and even trailers.

Heading out on your motorcycle with the horizon in your sights is cool.
Sitting on the side of the road with mechanical problem is not.
Now you can maximize your ride time and minimize the inconvenience of a breakdown with AMA Roadside Assistance, which offers peace of mind for you and all your family members.
Better yet, AMA Roadside Assistance is available FREE to AMA members who sign up online for AMA Champion, AMA Defender, AMA Hall of Fame or AMA Competition Plus memberships and choose the convenience of annual automatic renewal of their memberships with a credit card. Sign up now.
Hopefully you’ll never need this service, But when you do, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that AMA Roadside Assistance is tailored specifically to motorcyclists. With AMA Roadside

Assistance, you get:
  • Coverage for bikes, cars, pickups, motorhomes and trailers registered to you, your spouse, and dependent children under the age of 24, living at home or away at college.
  • Coverage in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada.
  • Towing up to 35 miles.
  • All dispatch and hook-up fees.
  • Flat tire assistance.
  • Mechanical first aid: minor adjustments (excluding parts) to repair the vehicle.
  • Emergency fuel delivery.
  • Wheel and tire road hazard coverage for the member's vehicles, including trailers.
  • No exclusions for older motorcycles.
  • Up to five dispatched service calls per year.
  • Towing a disabled motorcycle or other vehicle to a shop or the member's home.
  • Emergency Trip Interruption Service: Up to $100 a day for three days ($300) in reimbursement for meals and lodging if a member's car or motorcycle is disabled in an accident, and/or while the member's vehicle is being repaired far from home.
  • Toll-free assistance available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from two national call centers.
  • AMA Roadside Assistance pays first. No need to pay and wait for reimbursement.
  • Free trip-routing service.
  • Free limited legal services.
  • Free online rewards mall.
Sign up for AMA Roadside Assistance securely online, or call (800) AMA-JOIN for more information.
AMA Roadside Assistance is also available as a stand-alone service for $35 a year to current AMA members who prefer to join or renew their AMA memberships without automatic renewal. Just click here.
 

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AMA is sighting (or is it siting?) that with auto-renewal they will save THOUSANDS in manhours, postage, and paper costs.

As an incentive to increase auto-renewal they are offering to pass on those savings to the auto-renewal participants with Roadside assistance.

AND if you think about it - it probably costs them more than the "basic" cost of the Roadside assistance to stuff the envelopes (manhours), print the letter for renewal/renewal application (paper costs), and mail out the envelopes (postage).

The renewal asks for your email address and you get an automated reply - one programming entry repeated many times (limited manhours invested) - and you will get an email when the time comes to renew - again limited manhours invested because it is just an automated programming entry.

I did the auto-renewal, got the Bike Bandit $10 gift card (already used it for the windshield replacement on the 750 - darn thing fell in the driveway and shattered my current one), and have the Roadside assistance. The Roadside assistance isn't the most fantastic one - only works for 35 miles and there is a limit to the number of times you can use it (don't quote me but I think it is like 6 times a year).

I agree with the poster that said AMA isn't known or has it ever in my experience pulled one over my eyes.
 

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I don't believe that would be in the best interests of what AMA is trying to accomplish. They have a great history of advocating for motorcyclists, not ripping them off.
Unlike some top heavy orginizations..
Roadside assistance must be pretty low cost, I have multiple roadside assistance features from numerous sources that are "free" with the other services. Why would AMA be any different? :shrug:
 

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I wonder how it works for life members? Our yearly membership is already free.

I really doubt we'd get the roadside assistance for free, also.
 

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I wonder how it works for life members? Our yearly membership is already free.

I really doubt we'd get the roadside assistance for free, also.
I believe it costs us either $39.00 or $29.00. Sorry, I can't remember which, but it is on the AMA website.
 
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