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Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby Legend Rides » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:58 pm

Dear BMW Lovers,

We are developing a French-based travel agency providing motorcycle tours to international riders on vintage BMW (In France).

How attractive is France for you as a place to ride and visit?

Which region/ part of France do you like the most?

Which region/ part would you be curious to visit and get to know the culture of?

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration,
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Re: Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby midlife crisis » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:06 pm

very attractive
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Re: Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby gogs01 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:45 pm

Dear BMW Lovers,

We are developing a French-based travel agency providing motorcycle tours to international riders on vintage BMW (In France).

How attractive is France for you as a place to ride and visit? Very

Which region/ part of France do you like the most? Provence

Which region/ part would you be curious to visit and get to know the culture of? Massif Central

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration,
Best,
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Re: Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby Legend Rides » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:44 am

very attractive
Hy Midlife Crisis,
Thank you very much for your answer.

Would it be possible for you to tell us a bit more?
What do you find attractive?

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Best,
Legend Rides

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Re: Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby Legend Rides » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:46 am

Dear BMW Lovers,

We are developing a French-based travel agency providing motorcycle tours to international riders on vintage BMW (In France).

How attractive is France for you as a place to ride and visit? Very

Which region/ part of France do you like the most? Provence

Which region/ part would you be curious to visit and get to know the culture of? Massif Central

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration,
Best,
Legend Rides
Dear Gogs,
Once again, thank you for your response to our posts,

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Re: Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby midlife crisis » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:55 pm

Hi

the roads are obviously a great attraction and there are so many regions but one i like that is not always on people list is the Vosege but so many more, French Alps, Pyrennes, etc. there is also the fact there are so many quiet roads and drivers seem more aware of bikers and take greater care. I also like the culture/way of life of the French.

Graham
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Re: Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby HughMcQ » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:02 pm

For me there has to be a reason to visit France - so I tend to go to places I've heard about or have a bit of history. Normandy would be a great place to visit on a vintage bike as would the ww1 battlefields/memorials....

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Re: Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby CharlieVictor » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:26 am

Every French region has got good reasons to be visited.

However from a business point of view, I would give you a few pointers:

1- There are already a few outfits catering to foreign visitors and offering tours or rental of classic bikes (one of them has a stable of Z900 and Z1000). I think there is even one doing it with airheads in Southern France, although I don't know if they are still in business.

2- There are a few more that went bust, because the revenue is just not there.

3- You can't cover the whole of the country for reasons we will nor expand on here and now, and you obviously have undertood that part. So that leaves you with what Americans and Japanese tourists know best: Paris and the Riviera. Anywhere else would be risky business imho.

4- True European riders like to take their own bikes to travel, and distances here are really short. Relatively to, say, the US, where in a day you would still be within the boundaries of the same state, here you will have crossed four borders.
My hunch is that again, Americans might represent the bulk of your clientele. Refer to 3). Will that be enough to sustain such an business with its significant upfront investment?

5- The weather from November to May could be harsh, wherever you are in France. That certainly narrows down your yearly window of operations.

Just a few facts....
But all the best in your endeavor.
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Re: Is France an attractive destination for riders?

Postby Issy » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:00 pm

Hi

I love the central part of France and spent a happy time touring around Auxerre some years ago. The people are so chilled and helpful and I love the simplicity of village life.

One of the benefits for me would be to use a bike and get advice on local laws and road regulations. These are changing in all countries pretty constantly and it is easy to fall foul of on-the-spot fines etc.

Another valuable thing would be that my wife would no longer ride pillion to France but going in the car and then touring round on a classic might appeal to her.

Good luck anyway.

Ian


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