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Old 04-22-2012, 01:24 AM   #1
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French riders sign in

I'm english but have lived in Vienne, France for ten years.
I ride a 2002 1150 GS.
Be nice to make contact with any fellow GS riders.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:56 AM   #2
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Another Anglais resident in la belle France - there are quite a few on here.

I have a couple of GSs of the airhead variety and a KTM 690.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:27 AM   #3
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Hi from Toulouse , ridin' something Bavarian and adventurous....
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:26 PM   #4
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Hope to be a French rider soon! Planning to land mid-June. Destination unknown at this point, as well as flavor of motorcycle...leaning towards Tiger 800.

What's the riding like over there?
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:42 PM   #5
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What's the riding like over there?
Compared to the UK, brilliant. Quiet roads and french people actually like motorcycles.

The Gendarmes like them for other reasons (its called income generation)

Stick to the speed limits and you will have no problems.

In 86 where we live we have a pretty active bike scene with regular ride-outs, short camping trips and longer tours.

Mostly older blokes (like me) (Thats mostly as in not all but the majority)


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We are looking at a trip down the SW this year so any recommendations on places worth visiting would be welcome.

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Old 04-24-2012, 08:40 AM   #6
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In 86 where we live we have a pretty active bike scene with regular ride-outs, short camping trips and longer tours

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Sounds grand! Hope to put a good number of kilometers on the tires once I get there.

Is there good cause for a dual sport? And what about a tent? Was trying to see if tent camping is as popular there for mc touring. From what I read car camping and rvs are more popular and tents were frowned upon.:
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:04 AM   #7
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No problem with tents, we normally use Municipal Sites as they are no frills and much cheaper. 3 or even 4 bikes per pitch is normal.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:50 AM   #8
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Hi there, I'm a french aussie in the Marseille / Aix-en-P area, on a 690 and mostly off-road.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:01 AM   #9
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Hi I'm South African, I live in the Nièvre on the Loire river. I ride a Transalp 2004 XL650V. I've lived here since 2000. Great spots to ride in the Morvan region. It's like going back in time.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:09 AM   #10
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Sounds grand! Hope to put a good number of kilometers on the tires once I get there.

Is there good cause for a dual sport? And what about a tent? Was trying to see if tent camping is as popular there for mc touring. From what I read car camping and rvs are more popular and tents were frowned upon.:
I don't live in France, but go there +/-5 times per year for shorter and longer trips...
Because.... France has just about everything!!!
Brilliant offroad/trail riding.
Brilliant road riding
Brilliant mountainbiking
Brilliant hiking trails
Large regions where the sun allways shines
Allways a campsite within a few miles (I love the camping municipal and camping a la Ferme)
The magnificent Alps
The beautiful Pyrenees
Beautiful forrests, mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, seasides, little villages, should I go on?

(the only thing I like less is the food in some local small restaurants and the diffculty to get into a conversation with the locals as a non french speaker)
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:14 AM   #11
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I don't live in France, but go there +/-5 times per year for shorter and longer trips...
Because.... France has just about everything!!!
Brilliant offroad/trail riding.
Brilliant road riding
Brilliant mountainbiking
Brilliant hiking trails
Large regions where the sun allways shines
Allways a campsite within a few miles (I love the camping municipal and camping a la Ferme)
The magnificent Alps
The beautiful Pyrenees
Beautiful forrests, mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, seasides, little villages, should I go on?

(the only thing I like less is the food in some local small restaurants and the diffculty to get into a conversation with the locals as a non french speaker)
I have been here 10 years, and I would agree with all that above - even though I speak some French it is still sometimes difficult to converse with the locals !!
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:23 AM   #12
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:00 PM   #13
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Best say hi then i'm in the 46 LOT and proper chuffed about it ive got a DR 250 &nd a DR 650 just sold my XLV 1000 Varadero as i'm getting more into the dirty stuff.
Going to get lost in the Pyrennes again in June and back to Morroco in Sept.


Hi Gary (Bugbear) get some TKC 80 on that beast and get it dirty

Hey Roast Beef , are you doing the HISS in the pyrennes ????? Here's a bit of it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfE9b...etailpage#t=2s

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:55 AM   #14
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Hi Phil, bit heavy for that I think
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:32 AM   #15
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Wink west of france , britany

of course , Breton i am and proud to be . and to be also able to tell all of you that englich speakers are mostly welcome in Britany specially if they speack just a bit on French . then We do the rest to be understandable . come and visit the most beautifull country at the east of Europe over the french border .
I ride the 990 adventure , the best bike in the world ( and around) , I love ridding hours , and visit France , england ireland , spain , Italy .......but what I like the most is to show my country to foreigners . at that I can be unbeatable ; IO know the nice places , on the coast around my country of Britany , but also the green part of it . small roads , and dusty one , even muddy ones if you like .
I am passionned by the "menhirs" and all this archeological sites , ( this is also why I love to go to england and specially cornwal and Stonehenge every year .) and I will show you thius important part of our history by ridding our bikes across the country .
whatever you like , Camping , hotels , rich or less , hamburgers fans or "french traditionelle cuisine " fans ,I may be able to make you enjoy youyr time by being your guide for a while or to send you my road-books for this favorite places where you'll enjoy ridding an adventure Flat or V-twin engined
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