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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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anybody here in the AMA? if so, how do you feel about them? are you getting anything out of it? do you think they are making a difference/using your membership dues wisely? there's a debate right now that the AMA is spending way too much resources fighting helmet laws and not nearly enough to support lane splitting. are they doing enough to inform bikers of ongoing issues?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015, 06:35 AM
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I'm a member of AMA because the motorcycle club that I joined is an AMA sanctioned club and everyone must be a member. I like that the AMA are not constantly asking for donations. I like that they are fighting to limit ethanol in motor fuels. I like the Roadside Assistance that they offer. I do not think that they should be fighting helmet laws. I'm a safety advocate and helmets should be a part of all motorcycle riding. I believe they save lives and reduce injuries but, I don't like the "Gubberment" running my life. I don't care about whether lane splitting is allowed or not. I have no reason to do it but, I do enjoy watching videos of lane splitting. Some are really thrilling. Augie
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I'm an AMA member and feel everywho owns/rides should be. They are constantly fighting for our best interests (mostly). Ethanol content, exhaust restrictions, motorcycle only check points, etc. They fight similar battles for off road as well. It's only $39/year I believe. You get benefits like roadside assistance, hotel discounts, and stuff like that. It's a good organization.
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I'm an AMA member and feel everywho owns/rides should be. They are constantly fighting for our best interests (mostly). Ethanol content, exhaust restrictions, motorcycle only check points, etc. They fight similar battles for off road as well. It's only $39/year I believe. You get benefits like roadside assistance, hotel discounts, and stuff like that. It's a good organization.
Same here - life member. Nice magazine too.

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Roadside assistance alone is worth the cost of membership. I joined last year.
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anybody here in the AMA? if so, how do you feel about them? are you getting anything out of it? do you think they are making a difference/using your membership dues wisely? there's a debate right now that the AMA is spending way too much resources fighting helmet laws and not nearly enough to support lane splitting. are they doing enough to inform bikers of ongoing issues?
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Anyone who owns a bike should be a member. If everyone did, it would be a heck of a lot more power for them. They are always fighting for us.

With that said, even if you did not agree with everything they fight for, well, bikers need a voice and the AMA IS THE SOURCE of that voice.

Here is the no brainer part, I like the magazine but your annual dues, besides the free magazine and supporting their financial efforts to STOP the states and Washington imposing unfair laws, one of which, a major fight that they fight across the country is MOTORCYCLE ONLY CHECK POINTS. I mean, check points for motorcycles and not cars.

But forget all the above, by supporting them for the few bucks a year it cost to be a member with automatic renewal, you get FREE TOWING/road side assistance for ALL VEHICLES AND family members in your household, motorcycles, cars, trucks, trailers.

So if you have that coverage with your current ins company, you can cancel it. My daughter has used it two, possibly three times in the last 2 years, dead battery for one and locked her keys in the cars for another both while away at college and she has never had an issue getting help.

I NEVER carry road/towing coverage but what the heck, you get it free with the AMA auto renewal membership.

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I've considered joining because of the motorcycle towing coverage. Seems like that alone is worth it. But I keep procrastinating.

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I am on my second year of membership. I have found the magazine to be very educational. The assistance package is certainly worth having, but I hope never to use it.

Overall, I think it is good value for money.
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I used the AMA assistance once, when I messed up a fuel line on my bike in my own garage. I didn't know what I had done - it wouldn't run. AMA sent a truck that hauled my bike about 29 miles to my dealer. Glad I had the AMA service!

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