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Dec 11

Posts: 1

Bikerboy650 says:

First Ride to Spain


I was wondering if someone could help me, i am planning on taking my bandit 600 to Spain next year to see some relatives but the only thing that i can't seem to get my head around is French motorway tolls and navigating in France. I know which way i am roughly wanting to go and just wanted some advice on if it is a good route or not.
I am planning on going south vie Reims, Dijon and Lyon and maybe even detouring to see the Millau bridge.
When heading back to the Uk i was thinking about the other side of France going north via Toulouse, Bordeaux, Tours and then maybe detouring to see Le Mans. Will these routes be pricey due to the tolls etc?

I have never done anything like this before and to be honest i only have a few years of riding under my belt,
I am also unsure on whether the channel tunnel or a ferry is better.

Any advice you could give me would be very much appreciated.

If you are wondering where i am going from and heading to. I am travelling from Edinburgh to Ontinyent just south of Valencia


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Apr 12

Posts: 2

rolandrocket says:


dont forget your test cert.they ask to see this check your bike hasnt been in spain more than a year.lots of expats ride uk reg vehicles.its illegal but they run the risk of no insurance and are also sorn.

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Oct 10

Posts: 2

siward76 says:

Spain trip

Hi Mate

My Dad and I are planning a trip to Spain next April. Like you, it's our first time and we're also leaving from Edinburgh (well, Kinross actually, but it's like 20 mins from Edinburgh up the M90). 

I've had some great advice from a chap via these forums who's done the trip a couple of times. He reckons the way to go is avoid France and take a ferry from England to Bilbao/Santander then ride to the south of Spain. We're heading for Marbella, but figure that by the time you hit the ferry and hook up with some other bikers there's every chance you'll end up riding down together (until such time as someone peels off to go their own route, of course). 
PM me if you like and I'll cc you on the emails I've got from the chap here...I'm planning to keep in touch with him and pick his brains about kit/satnav/routes/legislation etc so it may be handy for you..


(and if you're from Edinburgh, have you been to the Bikers Cove in South Queensferry yet?)


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Dec 12

Posts: 21

fazerboy1969 says:


ride to plymouth then ride back thru france..head for bielsa tunnel and the d999 road towards millau..awesome

then futher in central france stop at the route66 biker hostel...great night

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