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Old 12-20-2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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Long Trip safety measures

So my question to the forum is what precautions most of you take with long trips. I take a state-wide trip several times a year (college to home-town) and have had the worst happen to me (breakdown-wise). On a trip 250ish miles in my charging system blew out and I was stuck with paying about 400 dollars in towing services to get me back to the start of my trip so my mechanic could fix it. In this situation I called all the nearby shops and they said they would need to order parts and it would take about 3 days (if they could get to it in time).

This was a obviously a financial nightmare for me to spend so much money on just transporting my bike. Does anyone have an affordable towing plan for these situations? Or what other precautions do you take for longer trips, a problems like a blown charging system is unforseeable.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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Think that's just a bad timing incident. I travel around 600 miles almost every weekend on my 06. Put 16,000 on it since May.
I keep it spotless and and well maintained. During travel I carry basic tools such as screwdrivers, Allen set, sockets and wrenches needed for the bike.




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Old 12-20-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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Other than anticipating a mechanical issue (mil terminology = Preventive Maintenance & Checks Service), there are some insurance companies that offer towing, transportation, etc. I didn't get that add-on, but I know my insurance company offers it (Dairyland Cycle).

Seems like you would get hints about your charging system ahead of time, no?
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:40 AM   #4
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Ive got a towing plan with my insurance.
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My geico plan tows up to 80 miles but do believe you can purchase extra towing coverage.


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Why not just call your parents to come get you?
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:15 PM   #7
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To add, I do keep my bike in great conditions as well (valve adjustments, oil changes, tires),..my question was geared towards more like some insurance or clubs like AMA offer limited towing services, but if there was an unlimited towing service or extended service to actually get your bike home for a more serious repair.

Also I don't believe the charging system failing shows many signs, it literally was horrible timing, but these things do happen.
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Why not just call your parents to come get you?
Not really an option for me, and wouldn't want to just leave my bike in the middle of the highway.
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Not really an option for me, and wouldn't want to just leave my bike in the middle of the highway.
Call a bro with a truck?

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One of our local forums has a sub-forum where you can post that you broke down and if anyone is near they hook it up by coming by see if they can fix it if not someone comes with a truck and they take you home. Pay it forward brothers. It's worth it.
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