Maybe this is normal, but...
The Back Story: Yesterday, or maybe the day before, some moron left the key in the ACC position.
Around 3PM today I head to the garage to get on the bike and go to the doctor.
Yesterday, or maybe the day before, some moron left the key in the ACC position.
The battery is so dead, the bike couldn't be jumped from the car battery. I know it's a bad idea but I had an appointment, so, I jumped from a running car.
Oddly, the 5 mile ride to the clinic wasn't enough. When I got out of the doctor, the bike was dead. Not enough power to run the radio, let alone start the bike.
So, at about 4:30 PM I call the AMA Roadside Assistance program and immediately get a response that they won't "jump" a dead battery on a motorcycle. They will only "tow" the bike to a destination of my choosing.
I think the woman must be mistaken as, last time I called them and needed to have the bike hauled to a shop because of a burned up stator, they sent a guy with a jumper battery. So, I asked to speak to someone else, who confirmed they will only "tow" the bike.
So at 4:45 PM in Glendale, Arizona it's 110° and I'm told they will have a truck to me in 1 to 1½ hours. I agree, as it seems my only option.
In desperation, I call a neighbor and ask if she has jumper cables. By 5:30 she's found the cables and is at my location. Again, I get Bike running and home.
First thing I got out the meter and the battery is at 11.5 volts or thereabouts. So... Plug in the charger and hope for the best. All I can do at this point.
At 7:45, I received a text from the tow truck driver stating he was on his way and would be there within the hour.
So, the question; is it normal for a towing service to not jump a motorcycle battery, and are they all so consistently late?
Are there others here who have used the AMA service and how did they do for you? And what part of the country was that?