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Top touring tips

Post by Stu » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:35 pm

Motorcycle Touring Tips

European Speed Limits

I put this together some time ago but got put on a back burner!

If anyone has any information that should be added feel free to post in here
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Post by Six30 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:52 pm

Hi vis vest for France , not to wear all the time , if you break down at road side your meant to put it on .

Didn’t see it in your list , if it is I’m a twat :thumb:
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Post by fastbob » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:55 pm

Of course if you're traveling coast to coast across the USA all you need is a blanket , a bag of Weed and a cowboy hat that doesn't blow off .
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Post by M620 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:56 pm

France has a blanket speed limit of 80 kph outside built up areas unless otherwise posted - not 90 kph anymore.

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Post by Stu » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:05 pm

M620 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:56 pm
France has a blanket speed limit of 80 kph outside built up areas unless otherwise posted - not 90 kph anymore.
Updated :thumb:

I am guessing motorways is the same?
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Post by Six30 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:12 pm

M620 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:56 pm
France has a blanket speed limit of 80 kph outside built up areas unless otherwise posted - not 90 kph anymore.
im sure its back to 90kph now , the government back tracked on it .
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Post by Gerontious » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:53 pm

Stu wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:05 pm
M620 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:56 pm
France has a blanket speed limit of 80 kph outside built up areas unless otherwise posted - not 90 kph anymore.
Updated :thumb:

I am guessing motorways is the same?
No.. the top speed is usually 130kph slowing to 80 or 90 at junctions on the Autoroute. 110 is also a fairly common reduction in places.

130 is 80mph

80 is 50mph
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Post by Gerontious » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:43 pm

My top tip is get a dedicated sat nav (even 2nd hand) and especially if you are camping. go to this site: https://archiescampings.eu

and download and install the POI file to your device.
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Post by Fleck » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:37 am

Join ACSI the sites are a lot cheaper for short stays and there's 1000s of them.

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Post by Stu » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:33 am

Gerontious wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:53 pm
Stu wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:05 pm
M620 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:56 pm
France has a blanket speed limit of 80 kph outside built up areas unless otherwise posted - not 90 kph anymore.
Updated :thumb:

I am guessing motorways is the same?
No.. the top speed is usually 130kph slowing to 80 or 90 at junctions on the Autoroute. 110 is also a fairly common reduction in places.

130 is 80mph

80 is 50mph
So it's anyone's guess then :shock:
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Post by M620 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:52 am

If it helps here is a link to the French government website relating to speed limits as it stands - it may have changed since I came back two weeks ago but I doubt it :D

https://www.securite-routiere.gouv.fr/r ... -au-volant

Yes it’s in French as it relates to French laws but google translate works and maybe save you a fine if you don’t read French :roll:

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Post by Six30 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:03 am

M620 wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:52 am
If it helps here is a link to the French government website relating to speed limits as it stands - it may have changed since I came back two weeks ago but I doubt it :D

https://www.securite-routiere.gouv.fr/r ... -au-volant

Yes it’s in French as it relates to French laws but google translate works and maybe save you a fine if you don’t read French :roll:

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French- ... peed-limit

looks like they can change if they want
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Post by M620 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:24 am

That article is correct in that each department can put whatever speed restrictions they like in their own department, and that is where the confusion starts when travelling across France, and passing speed cameras and roadside checks by the gendarmerie.
Personally I just go with the flow of French traffic - they always travel as fast and close to other vehicles as possible :P

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Post by gogs01 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:53 pm

In years gone by (last century !) I used to use the French autoroutes and cruising speeds were anything you wanted them to be. I've sat at 100mph (behind a Sprinter van once !) and have been passed by countless BMWs/Mercedes/Audis, many on Swiss plates. It all seemed to work quite well in those days, much like unrestricted German autobahns.

In more recent times, I've avoided autoroutes, particularly toll sections, and have spent many days on the single carriageway roads, passing through towns and villages rather than bypassing them. I've also stuck much closer to all speed limits. That has meant coming up on farmer Claude on his tractor, but also being passed by endless little Peugeots, Renaults etc as the locals happily set their own speed limits.

I intend travelling through France again this year, so I hope the speed limits are well sign-posted and not very well policed. A blanket limit of 80kph seems ludicrous to me, but then I remember saying the same thing when it dropped from 100 to 90 ..... it's the way of the world. :cry:

If each department is to choose between 80 and 90kph, will I see signs telling me I'm entering a department where the limit is either 80 or 90 ? My Navigator (Garmin GPS) shows me all speed limits, but I doubt even the latest version will be up to date across France. I don't think I can trust myself to stick to 80kph at all times just to be safe, so I fear the worst ..... :shock:

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Post by Pie man » Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:19 pm

I used to take a Cable repair kit, less than £10 and is small enough to lose in the luggage. Handy if your bike isn't 'ride by wire' or 'hydraulic clutch'. :)
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