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I looked at those, but never expected to need them, then again, who expects to take spend 14 hours on a motorbike?

The Rex was a real mile muncher and I really liked it, but like you, am looking for something a little more relaxed Clap
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Pretty late to the party but as it is planned for July perhaps I am still in time... 

My tip would be Burgundy (Bourgogne). 

You could put your Headquarters in or around Beaune. From there, there is plenty to explore within the day without need to move. Towards the East you can see beautiful places like Besancon (truly a stunner, that one; don't miss the fortress (Citadel) from the famed architect Vauban), in the central part Beaune, Chalon and Dijon are the places to be, and towards the West you will find wonderful old places with beautiful Cathedrals in places like Auxerre (another stunner), Autun, Avallon. If you are into history you wil not miss Cluny (even what has remained of the huge headquarters of the Cluny monks will take your breath away) and Vezelay, whence St Bernhard basically "launched" the Second Crusade. 

You will see a certain uniformity of architecture in the entire region as the Duchy of Bourgogne was dominant in the region for many centuries. You will also notice an abundance of vineyards, and you will not be thirsting at all... ;). You will normally be surrounded by a sweet hilly landscape, lots of vineyards but also pastures with the famed (and very distinctive looking) "Charolais" cows.  A lot of very nice villages around, I remember one called Meursault, not far from Beaune, also good for nice hotels. 

Much as I always liked the Black Forest I would not choose it for a July holiday. Tourists come down like the locusts from as far as Japan and the roads become much less enjoyable. In contrast, France outside of the Ile de France tends to be more "rural", with less congested roads also during tourist season. In my eyes, the Black Forest deserves May or September to enjoy it at its best. 

Just my two Eurocents...   

P.S. Whenever visiting France in July check on the Internet that the Tour de France does not cut you out from the part of France you want to visit. The road blocks span vast territories for two or more days. 




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https://www.lecampingmoto.net/

If you're camping or renting a cabin or small caravan this is a great place.Motorcycles only, no cars.The bar -restaurant serves breakfast and dinner.There are two lounge areas with log fires and a library.
The location is beautiful, in the Drome valley in the Parc du Vercors.
I could go on, but just have a look at the website.I shall be overnighting there twice in June on the way to and from Sicily.

And this place in the Ardeche.
https://www.roulottes.nl/

Edited by Dave P. - 16 May 2017 at 08:34
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Thanks again guys.

Just finished getting bookings sorted this weekend after discovering airbnb. So the outline is as follows:

Hull - Zeebrugge Ferry
Zeebrugge to Chemin where we're stopping in a cabin on stilts in a lake for 2 nights
Chemin to Colmar in the Vosges for 5 nights, which we'll use as a base for visitng the surrounding area, Switzerland and Germany (possibly if the tourists and cyclists aren't too bad (thanks for the heads up on both items Omobonno)
Colmar to Contreuve for a couple of nights in an old railway carriage in a field

Sounds a bit weird when I see it written down, but I'm excited!

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Thing is go too far do too much if her bum hurts or she gets fed up wi nothing to do sat on the back you will loose my friend Annie rides her own bike and happily rides Pillion BUT first ride out we ever had on the V11 Le Mans she got a little uncomfy and I should have stopped for a Tea break but didn't , she hardly ever rode on the back of that bike in the 10 yrs I had it , given a choice it would ALWAYS be the old V1000, when I got the v11 EV the first ride out was none too far then 2nd was down to Minehead with a decent break every hour or so, result Annie mighty happy = Ken mighty happy .... I have known a fair few upsets due to the rider not getting why the passenger is fed up. I added "sounds" to my bikes the music is great to ride along with never forget ...the boredom of the pillion rider and their need for "comfort breaks" if your bum gets a wee bit numb HERS is screaming help you can bet!
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Lovely area, the Vosges, and surprisingly high up. Look out for the storks in Colmar.
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Thanks again guys,

Elaine is an experienced pillion and apart from the nightmare 14 hour trip to Cornwall (which she is remarkably calm about) has never complained. I'm planning stops every 150 miles or so with a total expectation of there being at least 2 other un-planned stops for every planned one. There might be coffee and cakes consumed

Other things I'm doing:
- Taking a bike cover, makes a remarkably good theft deterrent
- two disklocks (one alarmed) and a padlock and chain
- Practising getting waterproofs on and off!
- Spare riding shoes (those armoured trainer types)
- Spare gloves
- Spare keys!
- toolkit, puncture repair foam and all the usual underseat stuff
- wet wipes
- ratchet straps for the ferry

Pretty comfortable with the planning and stuff, but always interested in other top touring tips :)

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You shouldn't need ratchet straps these days.The ferry companies are well equipped.
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