Bike breaking down in the middle of the road isn’t something new. We all have experienced it at least once in our lives. Especially if your bike is an old one like mine, you would have faced it quite a lot of time. A few days ago my bike broke down in the middle of the highway. I pulled out the ‘mechanic’s kit’ from my backpack and tried everything I could think of. The queen of the road did not even respond.
Finally, I had to call one of the guys from the club who came all the way to the spot and helped me out. As I started thanking him, he asked me one question – why on earth haven’t you got yourself a roadside assistance plan? And that’s when it dawned on me – because I was ignorant! From what I have experienced, calling for roadside assistance is the best solution for these situations.
Two Wheeler Roadside assistance is basically a plan that provides services like minor repairs to get your beloved bike back on the road. These plans are operable 24/7 and will reach you out whenever you are in need. The price of the plan can vary according to the services offered.
I have subscribed for a full-fledged Roadside Assistance Services. This is because now the world is my oyster. I can literally ride in any terrain without a wrinkle of worry on my forehead. I know – that help is literally just a call away. Entirely based on the experience of a driver who never thought of getting a roadside assistance plan and now is thankful to the universe for the existence of this service.
There are many instances where your bike becomes inoperable. It can be because you lost your keys or there is some mechanical defect. In such a case, the roadside assistance will either send their towing truck for your help or will cover the towing charge of the vehicle. The roadside assistance can put a limitation on the number of miles your vehicle needs to be towed.
Let’s face it, Indian roads are not exactly welcoming to our bikes. There are several times one might face a flat tyre while cruising on the roads. However, motorbikes, unlike cars, do not have spare tires affixed to them. Hence, in the case of a flat tyre, the roadside assistance tows your vehicle to the nearest mechanic. It also covers the cost of such repair. However, if your tyre is damaged beyond repair, it won’t cover the cost of a new tyre.
Getting stranded in the middle of the road due to an empty fuel tank is quite frustrating. And on top of that, if you have to walk your bike miles just to fill its empty tanks, it becomes even worse. Roadside Assistance helps bikers who are stranded on the road because of an empty fuel tank.
The roadside assistance can deliver you fuel exactly when and where you need it. You might have to pay the market price for the fuel plus some extra convenience fee, depending on the package you have taken for roadside assistance.
In many cases, our motorbikes need a battery jump start. In this case, the roadside assistance personnel will drive to you to deliver the service. In case your battery doesn’t start even after a jump start then your bike will be towed to the nearest mechanics or any other location of your choice.
Now that you have knowledge regarding the problems when Roadside Assistance can be at your rescue, let’s move on to the top reasons why a roadside assistance plan is critical for all two-wheelers.
I have seen professional engineers and the smartest of men in our biking club fail while trying to repair their bikes and scooters (Yes, some people come to the club meetings on scooters!). The reason for this is – when you have problems with your phone, you give it to a professional to get it fixed. Then, why do you have to take things in your own hands when it comes to your two wheelers?
Two wheelers have to be fixed the right way. Sometimes, even if you are able to get the vehicle running, it might not be entirely safe to ride it. Thus, do yourself and your family a favor – and subscribe to a roadside assistance service.
One of my neighbors is an avid bike collector. He owns this 1965 bike that was also a part of the Indian Army for a while. I am pretty sure, because he keeps bragging about it, that no one in the city can fix his bike – except him. Now, he obviously hasn’t tested this theory but he is smart enough to have subscribed to a roadside assistance plan. Because he understands – it is impossible to carry all the necessary tools on all your rides. For instance – you cannot carry the tools you may need for bike wheel alignment, all the time.
Think about it this way – you have to call for an ambulance at times because you can’t carry an emergency room with you. This is the exact reason why your bike needs a roadside assistance service!
A whole lot of mechanics are really good at their jobs. I have personally seen some of them work very hard to repair my vehicle. That said – this does not guarantee the fact that they will be able to repair my bike. Taking care of a machine is a straightforward task that requires a standardized approach. Roadside assistance is generally sold by organized businesses that have a very standardized approach that almost assures a repair when you need it the most!
The roadside assistance is a great way of being ensured that help will reach you when you need it. Typically, a bike roadside assistance plan is quite cheap. Of course, the cost depends upon the number of services and the length of coverage provided by the plan. You have to choose the plan that best represents your needs.
I am a biker. And the sole reason I got the roadside assistance service is that I love my bike. That said and done, I do recommend it to people around me because it gives them peace of mind and assures them that they will always get professional assistance when they need it the most!
So, I would highly recommend all the bikers to buy a roadside assistance plan. Not only would you be covered for the minor repairs of your bike, but also you’ll never have to face a situation alone on the roads again. Happy Biking!