Author Topic: Shopping for an RT in France  (Read 657 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offlinejackronner

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 286
  • Country: us
    • Model/year: 2009 R1200RT ABS
    Shopping for an RT in France
    « on: 2019-12-12 08:46:30 »
    I plan on buying another used RT and leaving it with a French friend between summer tours.  I've little success finding websites with used bikes listed for sale by owners.  French Craigslist is useless.  I've seen some sites that mostly list dealers and bike shops selling used bikes, but I'd like to check out private sales, too.  Any experience out there?

    Offlinebeemerboy9

    • Sr. Member
    • ****
    • Posts: 430
    • Country: gb
      • Model/year: R1250RT 2019
      Re: Shopping for an RT in France
      « Reply #1 on: 2019-12-13 10:10:41 »
      Hi Jack,


      I have no experience whatsoever.  But I Googled "Moto occasions Marseilles" and it came up with a couple of websites in the city of Marseilles". leboncoin.fr and puruvendu.fr might be good sites. Autoscout24.com has some bikes as well
      How good is your French?  :)


      Hope this helps.....


      John


      P.S. Let us know if you ever want to come to the UK and drive on the wrong side of the road.
      « Last Edit: 2019-12-13 15:48:39 by beemerboy9 »
      John Bentall

      OfflineMrCabbage

      • Newbie
      • *
      • Posts: 20
      • Country: gb
        • Model/year: 2016 R1200RT
        Re: Shopping for an RT in France
        « Reply #2 on: 2019-12-13 10:45:08 »
        You may find it easier to source one in Germany or UK and move it to France. Depends how bothered you are about where the bike is registered or the hassle of re-registering. In my experience, there is much greater choice of used stock in those two countries.

        Offlinejackronner

        • Sr. Member
        • ****
        • Posts: 286
        • Country: us
          • Model/year: 2009 R1200RT ABS
          Re: Shopping for an RT in France
          « Reply #3 on: 2019-12-13 20:52:56 »
          Thanks, Beemerboy and MrC.  I'm fluent in French, my English is OK and my German is close to nil.  I'll check out those websites.  I remember in '71 there was a program for Americans buying a Triumph to avoid the tax if you left the UK within a week or so, but even if it's still in place I'd expect I'd have to re-register in France and pay the tax there, no?  Perhaps I'll first get an idea of used prices and range of choice in the UK, too, and buy it there and travel to Avignon.  My Mom was a Brit and I have some family in St. Albans still and also a pal with whom I could crash, so thanks for turning my mind this way.  I just wonder if (?????) Brexit will ever happen, and if that will affect the complexity and/or cost of buying in the UK but lodging the bike in France.  To that end, what websites would you suggest in the UK?  I'll certainly give you a call should I opt for the UK purchase.  I'd originally thought to buy and tour in the UK first since I've a few relatives who are getting quite old and might not be "available" for too long.  As for the "wrong" side of the road, the only problems I encountered driving a car over there was, I came to realize, that my left eye was not trained to gauge where the left side of the car was.  I felt like a new driver.  Quite unsettling!  Also, I once got so lost in London that I considered paying a taxi driver with "The Knowledge" five pounds to just lead me to the right road to Mitcham!  Hopefully, GPS will prevent a repeat of that nightmare.  Thanks for your help, chaps.

          Offlinebeemerboy9

          • Sr. Member
          • ****
          • Posts: 430
          • Country: gb
            • Model/year: R1250RT 2019
            Re: Shopping for an RT in France
            « Reply #4 on: 2019-12-13 21:25:37 »
            Hi Jack, I live 20 minutes drive from St.Albans!
            John Bentall

            OfflineSleuth

            • Full Member
            • ***
            • Posts: 128
            • Country: be
              Re: Shopping for an RT in France
              « Reply #5 on: 2019-12-13 23:41:17 »
              I would not buy in the UK, if you are going to register the bike in France.  Now Brexit is more or less a done deal after the election, there could (not necessarily will) be issues in bringing it over.  Plus you will need to replace the headlight unit for driving on the other side of the road.


              As an alternative, try Belgium.  It is a close neighbour of France, and there shouldn't be any issues of buying an RT and bringing it over.  There might be power restrictions in France - but that you would need to check the local legislation.


              You can either buy a BMW guaranteed bike from a dealer ([size=78%]https://tweedehandsmotoren.bmw-motorrad.be/BE/suche.cshtml?id=BE&RC=fr-be[/size] This can be changed to English if you so desire.)[size=78%], or try www.2dehands.be. (Dutch version) or the French: [/size][size=78%]https://www.2ememain.be/q/bmw+1200+rt/[/size][size=78%]  This will give you the listings for a 1200RT.[/size]


              Whatever you choose to do, good luck.


              Best regards
              Sleuth
              Best regards, Sleuth

              Offlinejackronner

              • Sr. Member
              • ****
              • Posts: 286
              • Country: us
                • Model/year: 2009 R1200RT ABS
                Re: Shopping for an RT in France
                « Reply #6 on: 2019-12-14 23:56:24 »
                Sleuth, dank u wel or merci bien for the guidance.  In '71 I spent a month in Ghent.  Beautiful country.

                Offlinejackronner

                • Sr. Member
                • ****
                • Posts: 286
                • Country: us
                  • Model/year: 2009 R1200RT ABS
                  Re: Shopping for an RT in France
                  « Reply #7 on: 2019-12-17 01:50:12 »
                  Thanks to all.  One of the sites had loads of RT's, so that's taken a load off my mind in that I'm sure I'll find a suitable bike quickly so that it won't interfere with my travel plans for this summer.