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Post by Pie man » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:27 pm

I last rode the RDGA back in 2006, and back then I took my CBR600. However I can't remember how frequent the manned fuel stations were, there must have been enough :shock: . I'm planning to go back in 2020 on the MT07, now the RDGA is approx 420mls so I will need to fill up at least twice, I'm sure petrol stations will be a plenty, but will they most probably be automated/unmanned. I'm unsure if the UK credit or switch card would work, anyone been and had the pleasure recently :?



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Post by Mr Fro » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:43 am

You rode the what? :scratch:

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Re: RDGA

Post by geofferz » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:45 am

Mr Fro wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:43 am
You rode the what? :scratch:
Google strongly suggests Rochester District Golf Association but deep, deep down the results, on page 2, it mentions Routes De Grand Alps which is perhaps more likely https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_des_Grandes_Alpes

Visa and mastercard are pretty universal. Otherwise all I can suggest is putting the route into Google maps, search petrol along the way, Google said stations to see what facilities.
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Post by Pie man » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:05 am

Ah yes the "Route Des Grande Alpes" a popular motorcycle route from Thonon-les-Bains to Menton. It was a while since I was last there, I recall when using UK cards it was a hit and miss affair, I see there are plenty of fuel stations, however many are automated due to the locations. I suppose many of the larger towns will have the usual, more popular branded and manned stations, however the distance between those towns might stretch my fuel economy riding capabilities, especially over the Col's. :mrgreen:

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Post by raesewell » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:46 am

Automated petrol stations are fine as long as you use the right cards. Automated stations automatically authorise 100€ so a lot of cards restrict usage in automated petrol stations. I take a Fair FX card (not for petrol) and a Halifax Clarity credit card ( no fees for European transaction) for use in petrol stations. Works fine.

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Post by dynax » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:54 am

If in doubt, you could try a prepaid master card and load it up before you go :thumb:

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Post by raesewell » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:21 am

Most prepaid cards don't allow use in automated petrol station because they authorise 100€ per time so that's 100€ you cannot use for 10 days so if you fill up 3 or 4 times that's 3 or 4 hundred euros off of your balance for 10 days.

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Post by S-Westerly » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:46 am

Never had a problem anywhere in Europe nor anywhere else for that matter with a bog standard Barclaycard Visa. Used it for just about anything and everything. Admittedly in the sticks in some parts of Europe you sometimes need cash in which case the nearest ATM comes into play.
Miles and miles of empty roads and I can't do f**k all!!

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Post by raesewell » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:49 am

I have also never had a problem with any credit card but most of them including Barclaycard charge for non sterling transactions at about £4 a go. Some cards have free non sterling transactions, Halifax Clarity is one.

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Post by S-Westerly » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:52 am

This is true. I have a slightly tweaked version which allows me up to £400 equivalent daily without charge.
Miles and miles of empty roads and I can't do f**k all!!

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Post by raesewell » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:53 am

So not a bog standard Barclaycard Visa? Could be misleading for some poor sole :D

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Post by S-Westerly » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:56 am

My bad. I had a bog standard but that was.some years ago. The principal is still the same though.
Miles and miles of empty roads and I can't do f**k all!!

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Post by raesewell » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:57 am

Not really if you want to avoid a 2.99 % charge.

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Re: RDGA

Post by Pie man » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:28 pm

A little research has lead me to believe that since the introduction of chip and pin card it has become easier, however not all French petrol stations (back in the day) were quick on the uptake to upgrade their machines. However I am now lead to believe there shouldn't be a problem :D


However "Not all one reads upon the internet has truth in it" ....William Shakespeare :mrgreen:

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Re: RDGA

Post by raesewell » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:40 pm

I never offer advice unless I know it to be true and verified from official sources :thumb:

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