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Getting to your breakdown faster

We now have 25 mechanics on motorbikes, to navigate congested cities and reach you more quickly

Motorbike patrols 

What can they do for you?

More than you might think. Our motorbike patrols carry a surprising range of tools and equipment on their bikes.

They’re ideal for 'quick fix' breakdowns like flat batteries, wheel changes and simple electrical faults, which cause over a third of all breakdowns. 

Motorbikes can respond to over a third of call-outs, and get to most breakdowns in at least a third of the time of vans

Where are they?

Our motorbike patrols cover the UK’s most congested urban areas in Glasgow, London, Manchester and Birmingham, on specially adapted Honda ST1300 pan-European bikes.

These are the places where breakdowns can cause seriously long queues, creating havoc for other drivers and damage to the environment.

Cars queuing for just 1 minute a day, along 3 major roads into a city, can waste 900,000 litres of fuel in a year and add 645 tonnes of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of 2,000 street lights. 

Is this a new idea?

Motorbikes have been part of the AA since 1919, but they were phased out in the mid-1990s. They were resurrected in 2008 following a successful trial. Read more about the history of our motorbikes and other vehicles.

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