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    Re: Anyone riding in France for 2016? Read THIS regardless.

    Sorry got the date wrong. It's May 2017 assuming the UK is still part of Europe...


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    Re: Anyone riding in France for 2016? Read THIS regardless.

    Quote Originally Posted by JQL View Post
    Sorry got the date wrong. It's May 2017 assuming the UK is still part of Europe...
    Whew! That was close! It's still worse than CA's cellphone laws and our first seatbelt law. The first is a fine but doesn't go against your driving record as "points" and the second required another violation as reason for the stop before a seatbelt violation could be cited.

    I'm against DUI (as in intoxicated) as much or more than most but having to carry your own breathalyzer? How bout your own handcuffs or zip-ties so they don't have to use theirs?
    Don't tell me what I know. Tell me what I don't know.

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    Re: Anyone riding in France for 2016? Read THIS regardless.

    On the plus side, the 100 BHP limit on motorcycles went *POOF* on the first.

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    Re: Anyone riding in France for 2016? Read THIS regardless.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blrfl View Post
    On the plus side, the 100 BHP limit on motorcycles went *POOF* on the first.

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    Re: Anyone riding in France for 2016? Read THIS regardless.

    Quote Originally Posted by JQL View Post
    The Breathalyzer law in France is an interesting one. As the current law stands you must carry a Breathalyzer and if it's not reusable, a spare. If you don't the fine is 0€ (that's not a typo). If you're stopped by the Gendarmes/Police they must use their Breathalyzer equipment, not yours.

    So you can be given a ticket but not a fine! You can guess what the Gendarmes think of that one...
    There was a fine originally, but they just reduced the fine to Zero without having to redo the law.

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    Re: Anyone riding in France for 2016? Read THIS regardless.

    Quote Originally Posted by JQL View Post
    Erm, the Peage Autoroutes are 130 kph which is about 80 mph. As of 1st January the French Speed Camera fines will now find you in the UK...
    They do but if they are ignored they do not seem to be followed up by the French authorities and before you ask, no it wasn't me that got one but a good friend.

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    Re: Anyone riding in France for 2016? Read THIS regardless.

    Re the helmet stickers, if you ride with a black helmet you can buy black reflective 3M off e bay for peanuts and just cut and fix. It's safe for helmets. The beauty is that it's just blends in with the helmet during the day but really shines in the dark. I'd recommend it regardless of where you are riding.
    Re the reflective vests, if not wearing them you must put them on before getting off the bike.
    Upt'North.

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    Re: Anyone riding in France for 2016? Read THIS regardless.

    Another comment about the helmet stickers - if you are a visitor to France (something that is usually pretty obvious from your lack of proficiency in the language, and the foreign plate on your bike), just stop in at any motorcycle shop in France and ask if they would kindly sell you some stickers for your helmet.

    Most likely, they will give you the stickers free of charge (most shops have a big roll of them), and probably buy you a coffee while you are there. That was my experience.

    Apropos of the reflective vest, you can get one at just about any automotive store (and most large supermarkets) for less than $10. Just shove it in your saddlebag.

    Michael

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