So you go take a look at a bike and decide to buy it, how do you get it home? Before you ride it you’ll need to get plates and registration at the DMV. Not only that, even if you have plates, you’ll need someone to go with you to drop you off. If you’re around NY, the easiest way to get a bike home is probably to get a tow. ”But aren’t these tow services expensive?” Depending on the distance and availability, a good private tow service (in a pickup truck or van) can cost you just a bit more than cab fare…
So here’s my Bike Tow story: we were riding along Northern State Parkway when I lost the shift rod that connects the gear shift lever to the transmission [full disclosure, I was adjusting the lever and never fully tightened the bolts...the vibration while cruising the parkway managed to unscrew it...so it was my dumb mistake.] It’s an easy fix, so from the side of the road we called around all the Honda dealers we could find within 50 miles – no joy. No one had the part in stock. That means not only will I not be riding home, my bike will be out of commission for a few days until I get the part.
So I pushed my bike to a safe spot and gave Tony from TLT Towing a call. His fees start at $30 for a local pickup. I was about 20 miles from home, and it was an emergency tow so it was about three times that… Yes money doesn’t grow on trees, but it was actually cheaper than if I took a cab back home (to grab my tools) and come back. Not only did Tony tow my bike back, he made a couple of calls and found someone who had the part I needed… So twenty minutes later I was good to go. Thanks Tony!
Now from what I understand it’s the wild west out there for local towing and moving services. And not everyone can load and unload a bike safely (it’s easier to drop your bike walking it than it is to drop it riding). So do yourself a favor and find a decent tow service in your area. If you’re in NYC, jot this number down (TLT Towing, 212-300-7666) and keep it with your registration. Or if you’re thinking about picking up a bike, give them a call and see what it would cost you in advance so you know your options.
Do you have a tow service you recommend in your area? Share the wealth in the comments section!