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Renting a Two-up Scooter or Motorcyle in Paris France.

All I'm seeing is Left Bank Scooters. Which seems to have excellent reviews, but they only offer, at best, a 125 CC Vespa. has anyone rented in Paris a mid-size Motorcycle or a larger, 250CC or so, Hiway Capable, Scooter out of Paris? Who did you rent from? Thanks in advance...

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Soooooo.... No one has rented a Motorcycle in Paris? I'll figure it out and give the details later.

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I am speculating that those who have read your question gasped in horror. They reached for the keyboard, and then backed off, trying to obey the website's guidelines about being negative or judgmental. I have no experience with scooters in Paris, other than jumping out of their way.

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I think Karen hit the nail on the head!!

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Thank You Anna! Those are both very helpful Sites! I guess if people are horrified by the idea of renting a motorcycle in Paris, then they just have never done it. My wife and I have rented 650's in Italy, ( Florence, Rome and Sorrento ) and found it to be the BEST method of getting around. Motorcycles are basically free to park, perfect for narrow roads and immune, to some degree, from Restrictive CAR zones. The Natives do ride differently in Europe than people in the States. But once you get use to lane spitting and having people pass you on the right,... its all good. :)

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What Karen said! Also, "I guess if people are horrified by the idea of renting a motorcycle in Paris, then they just have never done it" is probably right, but it's undoubtedly because they have been to Paris.

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It's no big darn dangerous deal. It's just stupid. I used one when I was a kid. My daughter had one for a while when she was at the Sorbonne. She gave it up for a bike after a year, and gave the bike up for just walking in a few more months. They're a pain in the tail to park. You have to look for one of the upside down horse shoes to chain it to. When you're done with that project, you're covered with grease and rust, plus the place you found was a half-mile from where you wanted to go. Knock your heart out. Watch ouf for mirrors. You can get around faster by walking. Lots of macho guys pick up where seventeen year old girls left off.

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There was a fairly constant parade of victims of motorcycle crashes lined up to enter the Hospitel adjacent to Notre Dame the entire 5 days we stayed nearby last April. Most were in neck collars and back boards and some were even conscious enough to moan or scream under their blood-soaked blankets. Sadly, some were unable to move at all. After working for 20 years in a US hospital near an emergency room, no one, and I mean NO ONE that works an emergency room, will EVER get on a motorcycle. You know what ER workers call motorcycle riders that disdain helmets--- organ donors..... Paris is so easy to walk to most sights. Don't take the chance especially in Paris traffic, I don't care how good you think you are astride a two-wheeled widow-maker.

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Having been raised in a Funeral Home, I can tell you that MOST people die of old age. I would like to think that some of those people had the experience of riding a motorcycle in Paris and the surroundings before they died. Well, at least I and my wife, will have had that experience soon. Isn't that what travel is all about? I've always wondered why Rick doesn't include Motorcycle Rentals in his guides... Maybe he doesn't Ride? Anyway , Thanks for the Forewarning, guys, but I have done this before in other areas in Italy and it was Really, Really, Really Fun. Paris and out laying areas should be no different. Discussion is closed for me.

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Have you been to Paris? Or are just assuming it will be like Italy?

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The last three times we were in Paris, we couldn't begin to sleep on Friday or Saturday nights. The big rice rocket bikes with open pipes drag race from stop light to stop light past midnight. Even in the daytime, tiny 2 stroke scooters pull in between cars at every redlight. When the light turns red, they're pulling wheelies trying to outrun the cars. I once drove in the roundabout on the Champs des Elysses where 11 streets come together. I looked in my rear view mirror and must have seen 50 cars. It simply scared the heck out of me. That's why motorcycles should be left to locals that are used to such congestion. I take the subway/underground/tube in larger European cities. Cycles need to be reserved for the open road, and then only by the boldest of motorcycle riders.

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Note that the zombie was revived by Xavier, a name also appearing in the Contact tab.

He's done this previously as well.