Hi all...I need your collective wisdom.
I have just got a new job in Paris, starting in October. I live in Surrey and I plan on staying there (kids schools, wifey's job). I plan to commute to Paris on a Sunday night on the bike, get digs there in the week and come back on a Friday night. I'll use the bike to get the short distance from my digs to the office in the week.
So question is.....what bike? I want long distance comfort, decent fuel efficiency, hard luggage, reliability and moderate weather protection. My thinking right now is; BMW GS1200 (shaft drive is handy), Honda CBF1000 (or Fazer thou?). Not sure if I want to go for the full tourer BMW R1200 RT, but maybe that's what I need?
Currently I have a Fireblade (929) (mostly for trackdays), which I plan to keep, and a 2008 Superduke (mostly for being a dick on!), which I think I will sell. I should add that I'm 6'1" and 16st.
So...get your collective brains in gear and get me a bike please! Thanks.
CBR929 RRY, BMW R1200RT, Aprilia Sport City 300
Have you seen the traffic in Paris? It is alot worse than London so I am not sure if having a 'big' tourer bike would suit the transition to commuter once you have made the journey.
Thanks. I looked at the prices. New they are very high but used values really take a huge nose dive, making it a pretty good second hand buy. The BMW RT holds it's value much better. But since I plan on doing about 18k miles a year it doesn't really matter. After two or three years it won't be worth a lot, but I'll have had the value from it.
That's a lot of open motorway miles for a few miles of filtering pain. Right now top choices are;
HELP!!! Just hit a roadblock. Chosing the bike turns out not to be the issue here. The issue will be the insurance. Don't know why I didn't realise this? DOH!
1. Insuring a UK reg bike at my UK house but the bike will spend half it's life outside the UK. Is this possible? Will I get insurance from a UK insurer on this basis?
2. UK bike insured with French insurer at my French digs. Don't know where to start with the one? I don't have any driving history/no claims in France, so turning up with a big tourer and zero no claims will not be good.
Anyone got any suggestions?
Your insurer can issue a Green Card, and you can extend your insurance to cover France, this would be fine for say an extended tour, I am not sure how this would work long term, speak to a UK insurer.
I live in Spain, work in Gibraltar and cover over 240km on the daily commute. But I hold 'residency' in Spain so I had to get a Spanish plated bike and indeed a Spanish driving licence. The green card covers me when in Gibraltar.
On the other hand, there are hundreds here that ride UK plated bikes on UK licences day in and day out, most with local insurance, but no MOT etc etc. They never have any bother, some have done it for years, and will continue to do so. Me, well I'd get caught and busted so I went legal!
I ride a Hayabusa, best of all worlds, good tank range, comfy, handles very well, good stability in the rain/wind, a pussycat in heavy traffic with its low down weight, built like a tank etc, oh and keeps me entertained! I also used a Bandit for many years and that was fine but needed more fettling! BMW's.... reliability?
Best of luck!
I commute into Paris a fair bit, and live near Reading. Currently doing it on a GSXR 1000, and although not comftable it is possible. I use Kriega luggage and it has suffered some extreme conditions, including when I got caught in snow... that was fun.
The traffic in Paris is nothing to be worried about, they are a lot more aware of bikers than the British, but you will struggle to make progress on anything too big.
You should also look into getting yourself a Telepeage as it makes the journey a lot easier, especially summer time when they start to queue back at the tolls
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