AMA offers free roadside assistance

New benefit free when opting for automatic renewal

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 13, 2009
The American Motorcyclist Association is offering free roadside assistance to riders enrolled in its new auto-renewal membership program.

Members who choose to have their memberships renew automatically will be covered under the new AMA Roadside Assistance program. The auto-renewal program costs the same $39 annual fee as members currently pay.

AMA Roadside Assistance covers all of a member’s motorcycles as well as cars, trucks, motorhomes and trailers. Towing service up to 35 miles and up to five dispatched service calls per year are included.

“AMA members have long supported our efforts to protect and promote motorcycling,"” says AMA President Rob Dingman at a press conference preceding the opening of the annual Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis. “With our new auto-renewal program and free AMA Roadside Assistance, we are finally able to provide a much sought-after benefit that every member needs, every time they ride. And it’s completely free.”

As an added incentive, Dingman says the first 25,000 members who join the auto-renewal program will receive a $10 coupon from BikeBandit.com.

When asked how the AMA can afford to offer free roadside assistance, Dingman says it will be funded from the money saved in not having to send renewal notices in the mail.

“It’s simple really. In the past, we’ve sent out more than 1 million pieces of renewal mail a year. With auto-renewal, we save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on paper, postage and staff time,” says Dingman. “Savings from this ‘green’ initiative will allow the Association to dedicate more resources to member benefits.”

Dingman also revealed the AMA’s new membership structure. Members have three options $39 each as well as two new premium options at $49:

  • AMA Standard ($39) includes all benefits from the previous “Full” membership but does not auto-renew and will not include AMA Roadside Assistance;
  • AMA Champion ($39) includes all benefits from the previous “Full” membership and automatically renews each year. AMA Roadside Assistance is included;
  • AMA Competition Plus ($39) is geared towards racers and offers the same benefits as the previous “Competition” membership. AMA Roadside Assistance is included when opting for auto-renewal;
  • AMA Defender ($49) is the same as AMA Champion with the additional $10 going to the AMA’s Government Relations Department to support its advocacy efforts; and
  • AMA Hall of Fame ($49) includes all the benefits of the AMA Champion membership with the additional $10 donated to the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.