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Eurotrip by motorcycle or eurail?
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Hi everyone,
My dad lives in france and owns a 125cc motorcycle which aparently i can ride on an international license but im undecided between taking the bike or taking the train as by train there would be more people to meet as ill be travelling alone ,wat would you guys suggest?

Another thing ,Ill be heading there this coming summer and i want to see italy switzerland germany and spain as iv already seen france , so is there a best way to do it in a month and what cities do i take on the tour??
Pls help me get on with the trip, Thanks a ton in advance!!

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oh and another thing my dad lives near Aix en provance in the south of france, so ill be starting my journey from there!!

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1. I find the idea of a motor cycle and the Alpes Maritime near Aix a really scary combination — but you’ve probably already experienced that. How do you feel about curvy, narrow mountain roads and ultra-aggressive drivers (LA is extremely tame by comparison) who simply assume there’s nobody around the curve?

2. While you’ll meet some people on the train, you’ll probably get to know more people staying in hostels, so I wouldn’t put too much weight on the “meeting people” aspect. However, you will probably always be traveling alone on the cycle. You will sometimes meet someone to talk on the train or you may meet someone at a hostel to travel with for a few days. How do you feel about 4 to 7 hour at a time by yourself?

I assume you have a license that’s valid for motorcycles in your home jurisdiction? In my state you need a special endorsement for motor cycles and you must take a safety class and a special operator’s exam to get it. Your International Driving Permit will have the same restrictions and endorsements as your home driver’s license.

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thanks oldlady!
I do like to keep to myself, though if i find people to tour the city with at hostels id like it.
I havent driven in the haute alpes region .only alongside my dad in the *car *and i havent biked there yet and i didnt find the roads too bad especially if you compare them to bombay, where im from ( not LA,do i sound like im frm LA?).
and my dad says i can ride on the drivrs permit from India in France , with an international permit , but i dont know about taking tests there, could you help me with that?

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and id like to skip the haute alpes provence as iv already seen most of it, take the highway into italy straightaway! ( or spain)

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and my dad says i can ride on the drivrs permit from India in France , with an international permit , but i dont know about taking tests there, could you help me with that?
The International Driving Permit isn’t a new driver’s license. It’s a translation of your valid Indian driver’s license into a number of different languages. You need to carry your Indian license, as well as the international permit, with you. If your license is valid for motorcycles in India, it should be valid for motorcycles anywhere. I have a driver’s license that isn’t valid for motorcycles in my US state, so I couldn’t legally drive a motorcycle in Europe. This may help: http://www.drivers.c… In the US, you get international driving permits from AAA — an auto club. I’m guessing you get them from the FIAA in India
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thanks again,
I have a valid motorcycle license in india and I found out that you can get the same drivers license with an international permit at my local Transport office so Im going to do that.

Thanks a Lot for your efforts!!!!

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Hi there, as a devout motorbiker. I would say motorbiking it would be a phenomenal experience.
However doing it on a 125cc is dangerous! It is not enough power. You need to be jumping on AT LEAST a 250cc or larger. A big part of this is for safety reasons. On such a small bike you do not have the power to get out of sticky situations if need be. Or the power to be a safe rider on motorways.
125cc is the equivalent of a scooter. My 9 year old cousin owns one. Great for zipping around town….
Absolutely terrible to use to undertake on this kind of adventure. Especially through mountainous countryside. Go for it with the motorbiking trip. But if you do invest a few grand in getting a bigger bike, and then sell it when your done. —- Or borrow your Dads bike for short trips to see a bit of France, and then Eurorail the other countries.

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Yeah thanks a lot for the advice as my dad thinks itll be dangerous to take the small bike out on the autoroute!
So any bikes that you can suggest that are ideal for the trip ?
Im about 5’11” tall and 80 kgs so Im not looking for a very heavy bike that i cant handle.
Also do you think the cops will get me if i ride a bigger bike ? although my indian License does not limit my riding to a specific CC ( laws are different here) bike.
Thanks a lot!

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I think that you need to think what exactly you need to take with you (luggage)
you will HAVE to travel light (because you want to use a motorcycle…)
I think that it’s not that tempting to play dare devil in the Alps …

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yeah i plan to carry a couple of clothes , but do u hav any idea if these hostels have laundry service?