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					Motorcycle Rental in France. Information from TLSMO
Introduction......................................................................................................................... 2 Tour or Rental? ............................................................................................................... 2 Our choice of Motorcycles and equipment. .................................................................... 3 FAQs ................................................................................................................................... 4 FAQ 1: I am getting arriving in Paris or Nice – should I head off to Toulouse or get my bike delivered there? ....................................................................................................... 4 Navigating in France by Rail ...................................................................................... 4 FAQ 2: What are driving conditions like in France?...................................................... 5 FAQ3: Security considerations? ..................................................................................... 6 Security in France ....................................................................................................... 6 Security in Spain ......................................................................................................... 6 FAQ4: Accommodation.................................................................................................. 7 Finding accommodation in France.............................................................................. 7 Finding accommodation in Spain ............................................................................... 7 Tax Free Shopping and Equipment Rental options. ........................................................... 8 Lidsafe Helmet Bag ........................................................................................................ 8 Tanksafe Tank Bag ......................................................................................................... 8 Tailsafe Tail Bag............................................................................................................. 8 Heated Gloves................................................................................................................. 9 Mens Heated Liner.......................................................................................................... 9 Women’s Heated Liner ................................................................................................... 9

Introduction

TLSMO, to the best of our knowledge, are the only British run rental agency in France. We have the ADMO-preferred tag because we provide a unique set of attitudes and services some of which are described here. We are primarily a ‘Bikers for Bikers’ business. As can be seen from the map above we are well positioned to enable you to tour France, Spain and Portugal. The weather here is generally pretty good year round. The picture below was taken in the Bas-Pyrenees in February.

Tour or Rental?

The customer who will probably benefit most from our service is the one who wants to tour Europe independently – without incurring the expense and loss of freedom and the spirit of adventure typically associated with guided tours. We actively try and persuade our customers not to take guided tours. This may sound a little bizarre as we potentially could be making a great deal of money from them. But we feel motorcycle rental and a little up-front guidance is all most customers need to get started on the road to exploration and adventure. If not - a minority of cases a morning’s ride should explain almost everything you need to know – including border crossings – our nearest to Spain is 30KM away. We can provide a cost effective solution to almost everything solved by a guided tour – so why waste the money on unnecessary bells and whistles?

Our choice of Motorcycles and equipment.

TLSMO bikes are set up for touring in our local conditions – especially southern France and northern Spain. We pick our bikes based primarily on their ability to handle well and to take luggage. Our bikes come with hard lockable luggage as standard – and additionally with very secure soft luggage as an option. They are picked to be easy to ride and handle well – as well as being comfortable for long periods on bumpy French and Spanish rural roads. A lot of our American customers want to come to this part of Europe and ride Harley Davidsons. We understand that Harley has a cult following but it is our experience that they do not have the ground clearance and have too long a wheelbase for the majority of our roads, especially in the mountains. They are very good for beach and urban areas, it must be said. Because we expect our customers to spend a reasonably long time in the saddle at lower speeds all of our motorcycles feature slightly more upright seating positions than sports bikes – but not radical backwards leaning like custom motorcycles. We have a fleet that is biased towards the BMW GS range. We find that all riders – no matter what bikes they have ridden before - can adjust to the GS riding position with almost no transition period. The indicators on the R1200GS take a little longer to master – typically 2-3 hours before the rider is completely comfortable. We have looked at giving R1200RT’s as an option – but the fully faired nature of the bike means it is generally too warm to ride here, which is why we have chosen GS’s with the option of heated gear on the rare occasions it is cold or for when you intend to go to very high places. For those who don’t like BMW GS’s - TLSMO has other sportier motorcycles that are excellent to ride on our local roads – specifically the ER6 and MT03. Both of these bikes have the new side mounted rear suspension and consequently very short wheel bases, slightly higher – which allows for tighter cornering. The MT03 is absolutely recommended as first pick to go solo touring in the Pyrenees or Alps.

FAQs
FAQ 1: I am getting arriving in Paris or Nice – should I head off to Toulouse or get my bike delivered there?

Our distances from other rental agencies are as follows: To Paris 840 Km/ 525 miles, Nice 660 Km/412 Miles. Consequently our delivery prices are more expensive than we would like. The cheapest way is to come to us by train – then get us to pick up the bike from Paris or Nice. This makes a fair amount of sense for those who don’t want to come back to Toulouse. Train and Air Fares start at 60 € per person and TLSMO will book them for you after you reserve your bike. Our quoted delivery charge is 340€ but we can reduce this to 250€ if customers meet us at the railway station in Paris at 7:30 a.m. Both Paris and the Riviera are best tackled after one has got used to France. See the driving in France section below. Both Nice and Paris can be reached in between 5 and 8 hours cruise from Toulouse.

Navigating in France by Rail
Log onto www.sncf.fr for railway tickets. Alternatively, we can reserve your tickets and e-mail the ticket and receipts to you. The journey from Paris takes about 7 hours and is well worth while – see all of central France in a day. We can meet you at the station (or airport) and either get you straight on the bike or get you elsewhere for a more relaxed start. If you are planning to visit us by rail – we can give you instructions on how to navigate France’s railway system as well.

FAQ 2: What are driving conditions like in France?

It very much depends where you are. Parisian drivers are renowned in France for their intolerance of each other – and their aggressive driving. Certainly TLSMO staff circulating Paris’s peripherique during rush hour can testify to blows being exchanged between riders and drivers and multiple accidents involving two wheelers on a daily basis. Any area where there is congestion also seems to bring out the worst in French drivers – this has been our experience in the Riviera from Monaco to Nice, and on bank holiday weekends when the entire French nation leaves home and heads elsewhere, known as the ‘Bison Fute’ or migrating Bison weekends. Even the peripherique in Toulouse can have the odd head case – which is why TLSMO offers a choice of motorcycle delivery to the airport or pick up from the airport and then the opportunity to start riding from a more rural location. The fact is that most French people out of busy roads are very courteous to people on motorcycles – as most French people have ridden two-wheelers at one time or another. As for Spain – riding in big cities can be daunting at first – but like the French drivers outside of the main cities are generally very courteous with motorcyclists. A useful resource for those who do not know much about the roads in any area of Europe is www.bestbikingroads.com – these will give you an idea of where it is worthwhile riding. TLSMO are happy to discuss general riding in France and Spain after you have booked but want to offer you one piece of advice for anyone driving in France - whether you rent from us or not –Be very careful at roundabouts as ONCOMING TRAFFIC MIGHT HAVE RIGHT OF WAY - THEY WILL NOT STOP FOR YOU! If you remember nothing else – this piece of information may save you getting hurt. To the best of our knowledge France is the only country that offers this type of system – and even though the amount of roundabouts it applies to is being cut down there are still a few of the old ones left. Lastly, watch speed limits in France and Spain – especially in France where the busier, straighter roads have radar checks on a random but frequent basis.

FAQ3: Security considerations?

There are huge differences between security between rural and urban areas – Spain and France – we detail a few of them here. Basically – Spain is a little bit more dangerous than France. This especially applies when comparing Madrid to Paris, Barcelona to Cannes, Nice etc. Not to say that Spain is full of bandits and Mafiosi – but it is a little more dangerous overall.

Security in France
Clearly, you need to lock up your bike in all towns and cities. In rural areas there is very little theft in France. Scooter theft is more prevalent than anything else in the towns – personal and baggage security is generally consistently good, but caution is advised. Nice, Cannes and the Riviera and Paris are very bad for pickpockets and petty theft of all sorts.

Security in Spain
There are some issues in Spain. Some major roads and major cities are worked by gangs of south-Americans, often masquerading as policemen. There are tales of tire slashings at traffic lights followed by muggings when motorists pull over to check their tires. In rural areas it is always a good idea to keep everything well locked up – hence our choice of soft luggage which should keep your belongings safe. Rural areas are generally very safe from a personal security point of view. You must ensure your motorcycle is well locked up at night in Spain – especially when staying at cheaper hotels. However, Paradors can be booked from 90€ a night under the Cinco Noches scheme and your bike will be secure there. See the accommodation FAQ that follows for other ideas about accommodation. Lastly and perhaps most importantly – we are talking about Europe here – not South America, the Lebanon or central Africa. A little care, attention and awareness of place and, like us – touch wood, you should have years of trouble free travel. But if you do have any specific concerns TLSMO will be more than happy to allay them.

FAQ4: Accommodation

We have strong links into motorcycle friendly accommodation both in France and Spain. These typically are small bed and breakfasts run by ex-patriot motorcyclists – almost all of whom speak a good brand of English. Many of whom will ride out with you for a tour round their local area as part of their accommodation charge. They can be found in the main on www.bike-stay.net – but there are others. The advantage of using this type of accommodation is that it is cheap – and generally highly secure. The downside is that typically it is in rural areas with a limited supply of restaurants and nightlife. In both countries you will find that people are very happy to find or suggest secure parking for your bike if they have none themselves. TLSMO are happy to find accommodation for anyone who rents a motorcycle from us. In both countries it is feasible to find accommodation without too much problem at any notice – clearly the more notice you have the better choice you will get. Also there are periods of the year when the best accommodation is booked well in advance. We are also happy to offer a free night’s accommodation – subject to availability – to anyone renting a week or more motorcycle hire from us.

Finding accommodation in France
Very easy – there are the chains – from cheap such as Formule 1 (which does not have secure parking) through Novotel (which does). France has several different hotel schemes – of which our favourites are – Logis de France and Hotels de Charme. French accommodation standard is generally well controlled and offers good value.

Finding accommodation in Spain
Similar choices to France – but the Paradors are absolutely a ‘must stay’ at least one night. Avoid truck stop types of Hotels at the side of national roads in Spain – all the local bad boys know they are there and your bike will be the subject of very close examination. What Spain has in abundance is a plethora of 2 and 3 star hotels that are excellent value. It is our feeling that 4 and 5 star hotels are disproportionately more expensive.

Tax Free Shopping and Equipment Rental options.
We also can offer the choice of renting or buying Pacsafe luggage – Tailpacks and TankBags. For visitors who live out of the European community we can arrange for these purchases to be tax free. The dollar quotes are approximate and will be validated on order. For tax-free purchases outside of motorcycling equipment – why not reserve a day or two to shop in Andorra? Not only is it one of Europe’s major tax free havens but the riding there and back is brilliant. Good for jewellery and electrical goods.

Lidsafe Helmet Bag

Tanksafe Tank Bag

Tailsafe Tail Bag

LidSafe features a high tensile stainless steel mesh construction which locks around a helmet and can lock to a bike or any other secure fixture. The eXomesh construction is layered between a waterproof outer and a soft inner liner to offer protection from theft, damage, and the weather. The compact and lightweight design allows for easy storage and portability. Quote: W32- 5020

Embedded with a slash proof stainless steel wire mesh, the TankSafe locks closed and locks to the bike. To protect your gear from the elements, the TankSafe has a waterproof main compartment and clear waterproof map pouch. For easy refueling access and bag portability, the TankSafe features a removable smoothgrip mounting base.

The TailSafe is a soft-sided tail bag integrated with a laminated, slash proof stainless steel wire mesh, which can lock closed and lock to the bike.- It has a fully weather proof main compartment, convenient access pockets, and removable padded shoulder strap. Using three versatile tension straps, the TailSafe secures tightly and easily to most bikes. Quote: W32- 5001

Quote: W32-5010

Price: $67 excludes Sales Tax and Shipping Not rented

Price: $199 excludes Sales Tax and Shipping Rental Price € 25 euros per week or part of.

Price: $234 excludes Sales Tax and Shipping Rental Price € 30 euros per week or part of.

Added to the range after we had a flurry of requests in January and February. Important to check we have your size well in advance. Purchasers may have to buy additional items such as wiring harnesses.

Heated Gloves
WarmGear black leather heated gloves * reinforced grip * Kevlar protection in the palm * strong and flexible glove Riders and Pillions available.

Men’s Heated Liner
developed by the bikers of Warm & Safe, over the course of many years non-coated material allows the liner to breathe light, thin and comfortable to wear with Polartek fleece in the heated collar Heated all the way down to your hands ….. Price incl. Shipping: $217 Rented at 45€ per week

Women’s Heated Liner
(cont…) stretch panels allow a close fit without sacrificing comfort two zippered hand pockets integrated plugs for connecting gloves and pants hidden in small zippered pockets packs away small in the stowing pouch (30 x 25 x 5 cm - 12" x 10" x 2") Price incl. Shipping $217 Rented at 45€ per week

Price incl. Shipping: $167 Not rented


				
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