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Discussion in 'UK Riders' started by neil wheelhouse, Apr 3, 2017.
has anybody used headlight deflectors in france or know if you have to use them,
never had a problem
The rs has a flat beam dip so there is no bias on the pattern, don't need to do anything, just don't forget to turn off your camera detection and carry a yellow jacket and put on before you get off bike if pulled up.
And carry at least two brethaliser kits and don't forget the low emissions certificate.
In fact don't bother with France, it's full of frenchies and they don't like us Brits
As the guys say no need for deflectors
Enjoy your bike and time in Europe
We are going down to Austria and Switzerland in June and we will head straight for Belgium and down through Luxembourg and Germany, less time in France the better.
Just don't get caught speeding in Switzerland!!!
the main thing is hi viz jackets for you both, and use them if you stop on main roads
There's also the defined square centimeterage of reflective helmet sticker requirement that they decided 5 mins after they scrapped the short lived clothing reflective requirement... & you can't buy them on the boat... & they'll probably have changed the law by the time you get there anyway.
Don't forget to pack some cheese for bribes...
*Disclaimer: I may have made that up
....I'm in France working at the moment.......and toured many times.......great place......and the French are OK........just like us, but a little more bolshy (not a bad thing).....you just need a little acclimatisation.......and it all falls in to place
Yep the French are very OK. Some nice rides to be had in Provence too.
I'm going that way in 7 days time. Heading for Avignon and hope to do some of the lower passes in the Maritime Alps and the Verdon Gorges.
I keep reading about turning off your camera warnings on your satnav in France.
Has anyone ever actually been penalised for not doing so?
(I'm heading to France and the Pyrenees in June, so this is some concern for me)
I do not know anyone actually prosecuted but it is illegal to use any system to detect speed cameras whether a satnav or radar scanner. My Garmin changes the warning to "road safety area" to supposedly get around the legislation
I drove a rented car ( I was put off by the breathalyzer, hi-viz, and disabled-satnav requirements) from Avignon to Lourmarin, Gordes, Bonnieux, and the Fontaine de Vaucluse. After drinking the water at Vaucluse, I became youthful again but it only lasts for one year at a time so I need to go back. In any case, Provence has many excellent roads to ride. Enjoy and keep your eyes peeled for pesky speed cameras.
the speed cameras are often forward facing so just smile & wave on a bike The pissers are the radar traps with gendarme hiding behind a hedge reading your speed. Half a mile ahead is the reception committee, or on an Autoroute, a pursuit FJR1300 to chase you down.
I've been touring in France for over 20 years and yet to be taxed for speeding so have a laissez faire attitude. It's only cash. Unlike the UK I won't accumulate points and lose my licence. Currently down to 3 points as 3 recently expired - 12 being the level at which you get to speak to a magistrate.
Depending on the speed above the limit, the French police can confiscate/impound the bike/car. Easiest to stick to minor roads which are more fun anyway.
..or take you to a cash point for payment...
they may do that to locals but I have not known them do so to a tourist - the gendarmerie largely concentrate on main roads but you will find speed traps on minor roads, set up by the local plod but nowhere near the level you see in Germany and Austria.
I tend to leave my bike on mph and match the speedo numbers to the roadsign, thereby adding 60% to the prevailing limit.
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