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Discussion in 'Europe' started by Bugbear, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Bugbear

    Bugbear R1150GS

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    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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  2. Magnon

    Magnon Been here awhile

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    Location:
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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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  3. Ze Bebert

    Ze Bebert Adventurer

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    Location:
    Toulouse, putaing con...
    Hi from Toulouse , ridin' something Bavarian and adventurous....
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  4. bikersnotz

    bikersnotz Adventurer

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    Location:
    Montpellier, France
    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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  5. Bugbear

    Bugbear R1150GS

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    Compared to the UK, brilliant. Quiet roads and french people actually like motorcycles.

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

    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) :eek1 (Thats mostly as in not all but the majority)


    Magnon.
    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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  6. bikersnotz

    bikersnotz Adventurer

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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.:confused:
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  7. Bugbear

    Bugbear R1150GS

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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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  8. Christophe

    Christophe weekend warrior

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    Location:
    Aix-en-Provence, France
    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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  9. ta-all-the-way

    ta-all-the-way n00b

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    Location:
    Centre France
    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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  10. Rose

    Rose Been here awhile

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    Location:
    Schriek, Belgium
    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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  11. roastbeef82

    roastbeef82 Adventurer

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    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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  12. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    I'm here....

    64800

    :)


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  13. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Location:
    S W France my little bit of paradise
    Best say hi then :freaky i'm in the 46 LOT and proper chuffed about it :roflive 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 :evil

    Hey Roast Beef , are you doing the HISS in the pyrennes ????? Here's a bit of it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfE9bKRIiOU&feature=player_detailpage#t=2s

    Phil
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  14. Bugbear

    Bugbear R1150GS

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    Hi Phil, bit heavy for that I think :1drink
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  15. le crabe

    le crabe n00b

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    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 :freaky. then We do the rest to be understandable . come and visit the most beautifull country at the east of Europe over the french border . :rofl
    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 :wink:
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  16. roastbeef82

    roastbeef82 Adventurer

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    Hello Le Crab.
    Je serais ravi de aller vers Brittany et découvert les menhirs avec vous, l’histoire de le France m'interess beaucoup.
    Moi, j'habite dans le Tarn et Garonne, depuis 10 ans avec mon famille.
    Que disez vous de une petite (sejour-sorti- ballade- camping- etc) avec vous le mois de Septembre Octobre ou Novembre pour 2-3 jours ?
    Cheers
    Phil
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  17. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Ralentir vieil homme vous confondez tous les yankees :rofl

    Phillippe
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  18. bikersnotz

    bikersnotz Adventurer

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    Location:
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    Je suis arrivé á Montpellier. Est-ce qu'il y a les personnes de ADV près d'ici (et avez vous une autre moto pour moi:evil)? Je sais que mon français n'est pas bon maintenant, mais j'ai la classe de francais dans une mois.
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  19. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    One from Lille here, or Bretagne (spending my holidays there), even Compiegne (spending my week ends there) :lol3
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  20. gav24

    gav24 On tour in France

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    Location:
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    Hi all,
    ADV newbie here, usually live on kiwibiker (I'm an NZ based welshman) but I'm in SW France with the family until Jan next year and just bought a cool 1986 DR600 for some trail/adventure riding, I have an 07 DR650 back in NZ.
    So far I've just explored the local chemin's but hoping to get some longer rides in before I head back down-under. Hoping here is the place to get organised with some other like minded local riders...
    So where we gong then? Should I bring my tent?!:ricky:ricky:wink:
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