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#978344 - 01/16/17 06:19 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Hi Farmerboy, just wanted to say hello and wish you a great trip to Ak.
Please note my avatar. Ex RAAF.

Have a wonderful trip to Ak.


Marty
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#978348 - 01/16/17 07:54 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Glad to see you are on track for your trip later this year - should be quite the memorable ride.

Originally Posted By: farmerboy

I think it will be wiser to buy from a reputable dealer in the Houston area rather than risk a private sale - any recommendations?


With a private sale you will not be paying a dealer premium and you have a fair chance of learning about the history of the bike. Knowing where the bike has been will increase confidence as you prepare for the trip with hopefully minimal servicing. There should be plenty of capable bikes from which to choose as your date draws nearer. Sources could be here, Craigslist, or Advrider.

More importantly, like Marty, I wish you great success for this trip. I cannot match Marty's RAAF Avatar, but I did win the USAF-RAF Chili Cookoff in 1988. It was kind of a big deal, that is if you happened to be stationed at RAF Mildenhall, and you happened to like chili. OK, not such a big deal, but I did win a mug.



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#978349 - 01/16/17 08:34 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Maybe you should open your search area just a bit.
Try to find something within a days ride of Houston.
Might give you more choices.

#978364 - 01/17/17 12:32 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Ghost60]  
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#978366 - 01/17/17 01:18 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Thanks to all for replies and pm's - Marty - love the bi-plane, Jake - never got to Mildenhall but I did have a USAF exchange instructor on the Hawk at RAF Valley - cool guy! Ghost60 - just did a search to include San Antonio and Dallas and results were much better... maybe a private sale will be better.

Any thoughts on breakdown insurance? We can get specific bike cover which either repairs the bike or transports it to a garage to be fixed - anything similar in the US - my searches have been unsuccessful.


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#978371 - 01/17/17 01:54 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Just a few pics of a Scotland trip with my BMRiders buddies.

https://goo.gl/photos/zotvHGFdJi6Tinvy5


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#978377 - 01/17/17 03:27 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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There are may two things you're asking about - roadside assistance, which in the US means they will come and tow you to a service facility (or do simple things like deliver fuel or jump start a dead battery), and extended warranties which will cover repair costs.

Roadside assistance is available for anything, but extended warranties are generally only available for newer vehicles (there may also be mileage restrictions).

I can't afford anything new enough for an extended warranty, so I'll leave that for others.

For roadside assistance, the most common is AAA (said "triple A") - coverage will vary a bit depending on which state you "join" in, but motorcycles are covered on their "Plus" plans, which are one level up from basic.
https://www.oregon.aaa.com/join-aaa-old/

There is also a club called Good Sam that I think of as mostly being RV (caravan) folk, but they offer roadside for motorcycle as well - also need to go up a step from their basic, and I have seen good reviews of it here and on Adventure Rider.
https://www.goodsamroadside.com/

And then there is the AMA, which is a motorcycle association (though their roadside also covers cars and such).
http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/For-Members/AMA-Roadside-Assistance

Be sure to look at limitations like mileage per tow and whether or not you get to pick the destination (nearest service facility vs nearest dealer vs any facility of your choice w/in mileage, etc) to see what suits your fancy.


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#978385 - 01/17/17 10:34 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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szurszewski - exactly what I was looking for - many thanks smile

John


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#978654 - 01/21/17 05:56 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Hi, John -
Please don't neglect the BMWMOA package for $55 + $19. This gets you the "Anonymous Book" (volunteers throughout NA) plus "Basic" roadside assistance. For the "Platinum" package (tire replacement) you may have to call them to see if you're eligible. Oh - and you get a spiffy magazine too! All this for any brand motorcycle you own. Read more about it HERE.

Best wishes for a great trip.

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#978683 - 01/22/17 12:11 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Thanks Lee, much appreciated. smile


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