Riding in Europe 2020

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This year we have been saved from having a host of changes to insurance and I.D documentation, as Brexit was delayed until 31 October. However next year what are the likely changes.

Unfortunately some of us are old enough to remember “Green Cards,” which were required by insurers when traveling outside the UK. We have all got used to having insurance that covered all of Europe. Sadly going forward its likely that you will need to check in with your insurance company to see what you need for all the countries you visit. And do think about this before you renew. We believe that some insurance companies will not be that quick of the mark when it comes to extending their cover to different countries. Hopefully Brexit happening in the winter means they have the time to sort it out before the riding season starts.

You will need to get an International Driving Permit https://www.postoffice.co.uk/identity/international-driving-permit#IDP-Checker

Use the above to see what you need. Worth noting that France has different requirements to Spain as an example.

More information is here on the Government website. Also please note that IDP’s can only be issued within three months of travel. All Hassle we could do without!


Noise Alert

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If you have a loud exhaust on your pride and joy bike, (which we all love), watch out ! Its easy money for French, Italian and Swiss old bill. We have several instances of fines of 300 euros!  take your baffles with you!

Toulouse back for 2020

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After much deliberation we have decided to run Toulouse again for 2020. As riders come back I hear great reports of the wonderful rides that our customers have done in the Pyrenees  and Pico’s.  So we have provisionally listed dates from the end of May.   Hope to see you next year we will start booking from August subject to Flights that should be out in November.

Timetable Changes

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0850hrs. Today (Oct 17th)we are changing some dates of our schedule to Geneva because Word Ducati Week has now been confirmed for different dates than previously advised. So please call to confirm dates. I expect them to be updated by the close of play today.

Courtyard Marriott Toulouse confirmed for 2018

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We are very pleased to announce that we will be using the Courtyard Marriott hotel for the next season. The hotel has a wonderful pool area and is all you would expect from a four star hotel. The flight to Toulouse is much earlier next year getting to Toulouse airport for 1530hrs. So you will have plenty of time to enjoy this hotel.

2018 Bookings just around the corner..

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Over the couple of days we will be adding the dates to the booking system and should be live very shortly… if you have been a customer we will notify you by email. if you would like to know when we are live please email sales@bikeshuttle.co.uk


Coming soon…Season Review

Bikeshuttle adds new European destination for 2017 season

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mapAhead of its third season of transporting motorbikes between the UK and Geneva, Bikeshuttle announced today (01/03/17) that it is additionally offering Toulouse as a destination this year. It’s the perfect city location for motorcyclists wanting to ride to the Pyrenees, southern France or Spain.

“We know from the amount of bikes that catch the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao that there is an appetite for touring Spain and southern France without having to ride over 800 miles to get there, so Toulouse was our next obvious destination,” offers Guy Buswell, co-founder of Bikeshuttle.

The new shuttle service will work in the same way as the Geneva run, in that riders will be responsible for booking their own flights to Toulouse airport. Bikeshuttle recommends an early evening Easyjet departure from Luton and can also arrange transfers to this airport. Accommodation at the hotel Inter in Toulouse where the bikes will be dropped off can also be booked through Bikeshuttle.

The new run starts 7 September, 2017 and will continue for five consecutive weeks with the last UK departure on 5 October. The Bikeshuttle transporter will leave its Northants depot on a Thursday, drive through France overnight and have the bikes ready for collection in Toulouse by Friday morning after breakfast. On the return leg, riders would need to deposit their bikes on the Friday back at the hotel Inter in Toulouse where they’d be loaded for transport back to the UK to arrive on the Saturday.

The cost for a return trip for a bike for Bikeshuttle’s new destination is £490, or £365 for a one way. “We’ve priced it very competitively and are just doing five runs this year to assess the level of interest with a view to offering it the whole season from 2018. It would be perfect for riders wanting to head to the MotoGP in Motorland Aragon on 24 September, or you’re just 120 miles from the Pyrenees,” says Guy.

“Riding over 1600 miles on largely French motorways can be tedious and tiring not to mention expensive in terms of wear and tear on your machine. Also, being on a ferry for 24 hours is not everyone’s cup of tea so this new route provides a real alternative for bikers serious about exploring southern France, Spain and even Portugal,” suggests Guy

More information and bookings can be made through the website at www.bikeshuttle.co.uk or by calling 01327 831552.






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