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False economy ?

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 22 Jan 2018.

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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    You are right raleighnut , l think the standard S is rated 74kw at 11000 rpm which is just below 100bhp. To be honest across the range there is only a top speed difference of 5mph .
     
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  2. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    sorry to go off topic but, @BSOh have you joined the Raleigh twenty forum , good info and ideas to be found here..

    http://raleightwenty.webs.com/
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Im pretty sure that if you permanently import a vehicle into France as l did with my car you have to register it here. ( some don't mind you) and with the car it was a fairly pain free operation. The bike is different since l haven't imported it and it is registered and insured at a uk address.Probably not exactly what the French would like !
     
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  4. buzzy-beans

    buzzy-beans Well-Known Member

    I was snookered and had to follow the book of rules almost to the letter whilst we lived there (for our beautiful, amazing and profitable 10 years), the reason being was that we were involved with an animal rescue charity where one of our friends turned out to be the regions most senior Gendarme! He was a very nice bloke, but boy oh boy he was a stickler for the book of rules!!
    It might be worth your while checking this out, but I believe that any vehicle using the public highways in France has to be registered there within 6 months and that failure to do so can result in the insurance being invalidated. I read about this on one of the ex pat forums.
     
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  5. BSOh

    BSOh Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    Yes I have, after a forum search here I saw some of your raleigh twenty posts, so thank you. I didnt realise they had such a following when I bought it. Or that it was so quirky (aka problematic to upgrade)

    Sorry to digress everyone, back to the op
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Will do, l know that everything is getting tightened up, even if you own a vehicle which is not used on the road it still has to have at least third party insurance. And of course the national speed limit is now 80kph.
    One of the reasons l don't use the bike here is that it is just not suited to small country roads and handling at low speed is a nightmare. The other problem is through town or village with the usual 30kph l might as well get off and push. With this bikes gearing and high rev hungry engine it stalls in first gear. I still love it though :smile:
     
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  7. Interessant. Googled.

    Et noted pour the next fois je vais to France.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Im pretty sure the law has very recently been passed and will take effect in July, but l digress and will return to topic (eventually) .
    On the other hand when l cycle through a 30 kph zone at 40 plus which l have done on the odd occasion l suppose l could be nicked :bicycle:
     
  9. wonderdog

    wonderdog Well-Known Member

    Hitting up the locals with language like that is liable to get you on a tumbrel bound for the next guillotine party. Zut alors!
     
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  10. :smile:
    I actually speak French passably badly. In France this is considered to be some kind of crime against the state. In Finland, however, where I speak utterly atrocious incompetent Finnish I'm celebrated like a visiting professor of languages.
     
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  11. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    You can get away with just a few words in Finland,



    View: https://youtu.be/-kCQIk5-v1o

    EDIT - WARNING NSFW
     
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  12. buzzy-beans

    buzzy-beans Well-Known Member

    Having lived there for 10 years and having set up 2 very busy and profitable businesses despite my spoken and written French are poor to say the very least apart from that is when the subject is building materials where I could get by.
    From my experience if you make a concerted effort to speak French to the French, most appeared to understand my/our predicament and would either try to speak to me/us in English or at least speak far more slowly.
     
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  13. Yes, I'm probably being a bit unfair, mainly because I'm including Parisians in with the rest of France. As someone (a fluent French speaker) once explained to me "I used to think the Parisians were being rude to me because I was English, but after a while I realised they're like that to each other too."
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    My French friends are very tolerant of my pretty awful French but usually at some point in the conversation they will look at me very seriously and say "you must learn to speak French" despite the fact that l thought l had been doing exactly that !
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    My partner is Swedish so l am accustomed to the Scandinavian few words are more than enough thing ! She says that l talk too much and l say that nature abhors a vacuum....she says see what l mean :smile: