Customer reviews The French Ride
Customer reviews The French Ride
We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and extensive knowledge. But don’t just take our word for it, hear what our lovely customers have to say about us!
Awesome Experience and Fantastic Scenery!
Fantastic ride with Loic for 3 days! I organised this ride with Loic from Australia via email and Loic was very professional in his correspondence and efficient. My wife and I were traveling to Europe for a month and he managed to put together a 3 days one-on-one guided tour for me over 3 countries (Mont Blanc Tour). My wife stayed in Aix les bains which was the meeting point for the bike tour. Loic personally picked me up the evening before the tour to finalise the paperwork and to pick up the bike so we could get an early start in the morning. I rode a Suzuki V-Strom 650 which came with a navigation system and pannier boxes. We rode through the French Alps, the Italian Alps and the… Swiss Alps. Truly an amazing experience! Loic was not only was a fantastic guide on the bike, he also guided me through the towns that we stayed in for the evenings and any stops we had during the day. The accommodations were nice, clean all had wifi and included breakfast. Loic had a wealth of knowledge of all the areas. I highly recommend The French Ride and Loic – you will not be disappointed! I felt like I was riding with a friend and can’t wait to do it again! Read more “Awesome Experience and Fantastic Scenery!”
Best European Vacation Ever
We began our trip with three days in Paris and then took the train to Aix les Bains to begin our motorcycling adventure. While in Paris we visited The Mary Celeste bar where the bar tender invented “The French Ride” drink; I can’t stress enough how good that drink was. Go there and demand a French Ride. I’ve travelled to England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China but never got outside the typical tourist & business areas. My trip with The French Ride redefined what France is for me; not just a vacation, this was an adventure. Considering that the map of our ten day ride only covers a quarter of France, I need to go back and won’t think twice about scheduling my trip with The French Ride.… Loic Labalme was incredibly accommodating. I needed custom dates, no problem. Initially I had invited enough people for 10 bikes, he would make it happen. When most of the group had to cancel, Loic made it happen anyway for three people on two bikes. The roads we travelled seemed purpose built for motorcycling. Everywhere we went, the people were some of the friendliest I’ve ever met. Even the simplest foods were a delight, but the evening meals with our guide Loic Labalme were the highlights of our dining. Loic didn’t just help us understand a menu in French, he was able to talk about the foods, tell us about items that were local specialities and made each evening a event of fine food, great wine, incredible deserts and conversation that immersed our group in local French culture. If you like to ride motorcycles, this is a “bucket list” ride not to be missed. Riding the Combe Laval Road, the highest paved pass, the highest paved road, 17 tunnels’ road, the Grand Canyon of Europe, experiencing the route of the Monaco Grand Prix, dining in Nice on the French Riviera, seeing views that go on forever; this was an experience I will never forget and will be hard pressed to surpass. I recommend that as a rider you are comfortable with all day slow speed, tight turns and can be generally self sufficient. This is a ‘pack-it-in-pack-it-out’ trip; no support vehicle follows you around with ‘nanny services’. What you need, you bring on your bike. I brought my KLIM riding gear and it was excellent for all conditions, I highly recommend bringing your own gear. My girl friend and I were able to travel comfortably and had everything we needed packed into the side panniers and the top case. The French Ride provides an excellent tank bag, a necessity for stops along the way. The late model Suzuki V-Strom 1000’s were in excellent condition, performed great and were unexpectedly comfortable. I left my airhawk seat pad behind, my girl friend took hers. Ten days of riding is rigorous, no matter how much you ride. Spending several hours a day navigating the twisties of the French Alps takes a physical, mental and emotional toll on both rider and passenger, especially if you add heat, rain and cold. Drink lots of water and realize that this isn’t a trip to a theme park, this is the kind of experience we all talk and dream about, made possible by a unique individual with a unique vision of how to present France to his guests. The cost of a trip like this is usually the impediment that cancels plans; The French Ride may be the best all around value in French Travel. The fixed price included bike rental, insurance, hotels which all served breakfast and dinners. The French Ride made the whole experience friction-less, which may be the most important benefit of The French Ride. My only complaints were that my group refused to leave me behind in the village of Bonneval-sur-Arc, and that the trip ended. Read more “Best European Vacation Ever”
Balcony roads custom tour
Loic did a great job on our 2019 trip. We rode Harleys on the trip which was different from other trips The French Ride has done. Having done a few other trips like this around the world I find most tours want you to ride what they planned and have not listen to what I want from the ride. Loic did listen and gave us exactly what we wanted from the ride. I highly recommend The French Ride to anyone.
Route des Grandes Alpes
The best roads, the best views, the best overnights, and a real challenge. Loic makes friends everywhere, is a great riding companion, was extremely patient with my broken French, et c’est un excellent pilote (and is an excellent rider)… !
Ride of a Lifetime
Since the dawn of mankind, we have existentially been asking ourselves: What is the purpose of [a motorcyclist’s] life? Why are we [bikers] here? To answer that question, I did the bike trip, as you might. Think about it… Why did I spend 70 years of my life honing my dirt skills, street savvy, take the racing schools track time and long trips on all those bikes? For what purpose? I found the purpose. I found the payoff. All previous was just a warm-up, a tune-up, for this ride with Loic – a real professional. Thanks Loic.
Motorcycle tour in the Alps
We rented two Suzuki V-Stroms 650, they where perfect for our ride in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The bikes came fully equipped with panniers, top cases, tank bags, rain gear and tomtom GPS at no additional cost! You can also choose to have a lower seat. The bikes are in tip top condition, no unpleasant surprises on the road. If you are looking to rent a motorcycle I highly recommend them! They are super professional and reliable!
From start to finish Loic and The French Ride was truly outstanding. Professional and thorough, nothing was too much trouble for Loic for our 2 days self guided trip in the Annecy area. Bike was in immaculate, the loan equipment brand new and good quality, and the tour programmed to the last turn in the GPS. Also a really good route, amazing scenery, plenty of hairpins and the hotel booked for us was really nice. We will certainly use The French Ride again, and came away really satisfied in value for money. Think this is Loic’s first or second year in business – but surely many more to come!
Ken and Lydie
Adventure of a lifetime
The roads and scenery! Like how did Loïc (the owner) find these roads? They were incredible! Well he did tell me how he found the roads; he said that he loves to ride and had fully explored them. My friend just texted me “I’m impressed and proud of you Trevor. I followed your whole motorcycle mission on Instagram. You did something most people only dream or talk about”…
Loic laid out the best plans ever for my first motorcycle trip to Italy. The roads, the hotels, the food, the motorcycle, the whole itinerary was fabulous and exciting, can’t wait to do it again.
Awesome day trip in the Alps
Thank you for a brilliant day. Nice bikes, perfect to go to the twisty turns through the alps. Loic set us a great route on the free gps on the bike! It is really worth the money.
Amazing service, great communication and well maintained bikes. Highly recommended
Route des Grandes Alpes self-guided
We had a great time with my partner riding along the Alpes! The motorbikes are in fantastic condition and the tour was very smooth every step of the way. We highly recommend “The French Ride”!
Fantastic Weekend Adventure
I contacted several rental firms when I had a free weekend in Europe. Loïc was fast to respond and never tired of my constant stream of questions via email. He met me at the train station and within an hour I was headed out with the GPS guiding my every turn through fantastic roads in France, Switzerland, and Italy. The 650 V-Strom was quite new and easily up to the task of climbing, twisting, and descending through constant and unbelievable scenery. I’ll be looking for another chance to spend time riding this area on one of Loïc’s bikes. Great weekend rental experience. Personable and Attentive Service. Don’t hesitate to engage with The French Ride !
Trip of a lifetime
French Alps by pillion : Trip of a lifetime, well planned, well prepared, all I had to do was arrive at the station and the rest was quite literally “in the wind”. This was my first time in France, my first time through the beautiful French Alps, not to mention ridding on the back of a bike with a man I had never met before. Before I knew it I trusted him so much I was napping on the back of the bike and we were winding our way through to Annecy, and home again. Thank you The French Ride, I can’t wait to come back again and have my next adventure! ❤️
The ONLY way to tour France by bike
We rented two bikes to travel to South of France and couldn’t have been happier with our decision, from the booking to pick up and return it all went perfectly. The bikes we had were well maintained and in very good condition, as were the helmets and riding gear, the only thing I brought from home with me were my boots. Loïc is very knowledgeable, great to deal with and makes sure that you get to know the hidden gems of South of France. We appreciated that Loïc always took our needs and wishes serious and made our trip individual and unique. Couldn’t recommend him more highly, we will definitely come back to see more of France by bike. Thank you for the fantastic experience!
An amazing experience
I took the solo ‘Northern Alps Wonders’ tour ride, 5 days through the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. It was an incredible experience. The rides are fun and challenging, the scenery is constantly beautiful, and all of the hotels that The French Ride handles for you were very clean and accommodating. The bike (V-Strom 1000) was in excellent shape and great for the mountain roads. Loïc is an interesting an helpful guy who stays very professional even when something goes wrong. If you ride, and plan to go to Europe, you cannot pick a better way to spend 5 days !
Truly a trip of a lifetime !
What an incredible experience, truly a trip of a lifetime for us. Everything from our first inquiry on booking the trip to being dropped off at the train station was superbly organized and the level of customer service made everything so easy… Oh and the beauty of your country and the Alps left us speechless! Thank you.
Loïc is a very knowledgeable and respectful guide, he provided excellent advice before, during and after our tour. We did a weekend tour around Annecy and had a wonderful time, enjoying the French specialities with amazing views, great hospitality, and unforgettable memories! Definitely recommend The French Ride and already planning our next tour.
The best, I bet it !
Se querem pilotar uma moto em otimo estado de manutenção através dos alpes, esta empresa é excelente. O proprietário é muito profissional e atencioso. Nos proporcionou uma das melhores experiências em duas rodas que já tivemos!
If you are looking for a great ride experience, this is the right place to go. The owner is very professional and has great motorcycles. You have my word!
LIFE IS TOO SHORT !
This tour will not disappoint, from the advanced rider to the novice rider there is something for everyone, with a very well organised route and amazing views to having a laugh with the lads and ladies at the end of the day. Don’t miss out ! Will be seeing you again for sure
The Best Moto Touring Agency in Europe !
The superlative motorcycle touring company. Amazingly execute and make your motorcycle tour a lifetime experience. Excellent Guys, Keep it up…
An excellent experience all around. Fantastic bikes too !
Awesome ride !
Awesome ride, couldn’t ask for anything more from this crew, 5 stars !
Great experience !
Great motorcycle tour and rental experience. Don’t hesitate to engage with The French Ride !