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Hi,

We're Motorcycling to France in 2 weeks.

Does anyone know what the Motorcycle Law requirements are for 2012, as we keep reading and hearing conflicting reports. Must admit, we are a little confused.... ? :banghead:

Thanks.....
 

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Apparently you need to string fluorescent onions around your neck, strap a torch to your helmet and dangle a warning triangles from each ankle. But of course I might be confused too.
 

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Just come back from there and had no problems whatsoever...But!
There are some new laws coming into effect this July so they'll probably be active when you travel. The main ones are:
1) You should carry a spare set of bulbs (main and rear and indicators)
2) You must carry a self-breathalyser with you (a tenner in Halfords) NEW FROM JULY 2012
3) Fluorescent vest or a jacket/tabbard with hi-vis sections should be worn (NOT LAW UNTIL JAN 2013)
3) You must carry all your documents including both parts of your licence, insurance, mot certificate and log book
4) First aid kit (small travel one is sufficient) (£1 in Poundland!!)
5) If you wear glasses, you must carry a spare pair with you
6) Make sure you headlights are either adjusted for right hand riding or have one of those covers over them which reduces the glare to oncoming traffic (£10 in Halfords) Not really a problem if you only ride during the day
6) If you travel more than 30mph over the speed limit, the police have the power to seize you bike and put you in jail!! Speeding less than 30mph over the limit will get you a 300 euro fine (or 150 euros if you pay cash on the spot)
7)There are speed cameras everywhere and not bright yellow like in the UK. Most are front facing (but not all) and there is usually a warning of an approaching camera before you get to it but unlike the UK, if you see a warning sign, there WILL be a camera soon after!

I think that's it but don't be thinking that it will be a complete nightmare riding in France...I took all those things with me and not once was I asked to produce any of them and I NEVER wore my Hi-Vis jacket once (although at night it would be wise to) You DON'T need a warning triangle, only car drivers need those

It may also be wise to carry a puncture repair kit or an instant 'tyre weld' type thing in case of a flat.

There a plenty of toll roads in France and many of the booths only accept payment by card (I used my UK debit card with no problems but approach them slowly so you get in the right lane if you only have cash otherwise it's a really pain to have to back out of a card only one and find a cash one
See: http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/touring_tips/france-monaco.pdf for more info

Have a great time and as long as you aren't stupid and choose your moments wisely when you want to go fast then you'll be just fine.

Danny
 

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Just come back from there and had no problems whatsoever...But!
There are some new laws coming into effect this July so they'll probably be active when you travel. The main ones are:
1) You must carry a spare set of bulbs (main and rear and indicators)
2) You must carry a self-breathalyser with you (a tenner in Halfords)
3) Fluorescent vest or a jacket/tabbard with hi-vis sections should be worn (a vest is £5 in Halfords)
3) You must carry all your documents including both parts of your licence, insurance, mot certificate and log book
4) First aid kit (small travel one is sufficient) (£1 in Poundland!!)
5) If you wear glasses, you must carry a spare pair with you
6) Make sure you headlights are either adjusted for right hand riding or have one of those covers over them which reduces the glare to oncoming traffic (£10 in Halfords) Not really a problem if you only ride during the day
6) If you travel more than 30mph over the speed limit, the police have the power to seize you bike and put you in jail!! Speeding less than 30mph over the limit will get you a 300 euro fine (or 150 euros if you pay cash on the spot)
7)There are speed cameras everywhere and not bright yellow like in the UK. Most are front facing (but not all) and there is usually a warning of an approaching camera before you get to it but unlike the UK, if you see a warning sign, there WILL be a camera soon after!

I think that's it but don't be terrified that it will be a complete nightmare riding in France...I took all those things with me and not once was I asked to produce any of them and I NEVER wore my Hi-Vis jacket once (although at night it would be wise to)

It may also be wise to carry a puncture repair kit or an instant 'tyre weld' type thing in case of a flat.

Have a great time and as long as you aren't stupid and choose your moments when you want to go fast then you'll be just fine.

Danny
 

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So, why bother? Really, why bother?

In Bubbaland, you need a valid motorcycle license, a valid tag on your bike, and proof of insurance......that's it.

......I do happen to have our local sheriff's cell number stored in my phone.....:naughty:
 

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Mark, fluorescent onions around your neck, might keep the French Vamps away.:laughing:

Danny G and Iamlance, Thanks for good advice, apprehensive about the whole trip never ridden in France... :jsm:

Randy, We booked this last year not knowing if there was gonna be another Bubba, It was a real good deal 1 week dinner bed breakfast for 2 reduced from £940 to £340, would've been rude not to,

http://www.manxski.com/

take a look. We then decided it would be rude not to make it a motorcycle holiday. Fingers crossed we're working on Bubba, we haven't said no yet, will have to be cheap hotel though... as long as there's a clean bed and bathroom it'll do us.... We're working on it as we both really want to go. X :)
 

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Please don't take my comment the wrong way. Not intended to impugne your choice. It just appears that the French don't want out of country tourists, if indeed you have to jump thru so many hoops to enjoy your trip.
 

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Please don't take my comment the wrong way. Not intended to impugne your choice. It just appears that the French don't want out of country tourists, if indeed you have to jump thru so many hoops to enjoy your trip.
Not taken in the wrong way at all.... we hear what your saying.... seems a " shoot yourself in the foot " attitude to tourism by the French.... :jsm:
 
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