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Just back from Paris on business and had the opportunity to check out one of the local dealerships. It's a pretty nice dealership, albeit small by North American standards, but about the same as the rest of the local dealerships. The owner/manager spoke virtually no English, but I did get out of him that he sold 50 bikes since January and was really excited to get his hands on the new "Scoot" as he put it. At first I didn't know what he was talking about, but it was his way of saying Scout.

Here are a couple shots:
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Here's a shot looking down the street from the dealership:
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The funniest moment was when I noticed a rather unusual looking set of pipes on the one Chieftain he had sitting outside. Turns out they were Jekyll and Hyde pipes. Looked great and he was very excited to fire up the bike for me to hear them. They weren't overly loud because France has very strict noise ordinances, so even when wide open that have to meet their laws. Despite not being loud, they sounded awesome. The video doesn't do it justice. The sound was really deep, very guttural. I didn't really care for the sound when it was closed, but if that's what's needed to keep the gendarmes at bay, so be it, they were awesome when opened up. In the video, when you start up the bike, they are closed and then as it settles into idle, they open up automatically.
Here's a cut-away of the J&K pipes.
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The funniest thing was after showing me the J&K pipes, he started up the Classic and then was giddy about the fact that he punched out the freeze plugs. Not sure what was funnier, the fact that the dealer punched out the plugs or him trying to describe what he did. It was a short game of charades. He was motioning like running a long pipe into the exhaust and I knew right away what he did. He was quite proud of himself and my guess is that most of the bikes he sold had that "treatment".
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Thanks for sharing this information that's really cool that you took the time to check everything out. Must have been strange to see Polaris dealerships in another country.

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Based on your photo of the Arc de Triumph, I was in that same exact location last year. The dealership must be relatively new.....I would've remembered this.

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I think he is relatively new - maybe January of this year. It's a great location - motorcycle row - Ducati, Aprilia and many others all in a row.

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Nice.....France is a beautiful country but I don't think I'd like riding an Indian through Paris....it was bad enough in a car. :nod:

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No kidding. Anything bigger than a Burgman and you're in trouble. The one nice thing is bikes are everywhere, so people are aware of them. You don't see many big bikes in the city. I only saw 4 HD's the whole time there, but did see a number of those new Goldwings without the tour pack, the F6B.

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I saw mostly scooters and those dual-purpose street/dirt bikes. Unfortunately, I couldn't tell what brands they were since they were lane-splitting everywhere at about 70 MPH.

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Don't hold me to it, but if memory serves me correctly, the Classic was about €23,000

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We were in Cannes, Nice, and Monte Carlo a couple years ago. Lotsa bikes and more scooters. We did see quite a few Harleys though and other cruisers. Plenty of metrics. I could still ride then, but passed on trying it there. The lane splitting and watching the pack move through all the cars to the front at every light was a little disconcerting. I didn't even try driving. Took a driver everywhere.

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The lane splitting and watching the pack move through all the cars to the front at every light was a little disconcerting.

 

Exactly.....and at very high rates of speed. I'm surprised there aren't more motorcycle wrecks in Paris. Made me scared and I was in a car.....

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...... bloody foreigners ! (try with French accent) ..... that's what the "frogs" would and did say ........ LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

ps. sneaking in and out .... out of Europe ......... not very nice :)

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...... bloody foreigners ! (try with French accent) ..... that's what the "frogs" would and did say ........ LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

ps. sneaking in and out .... out of Europe ......... not very nice :)

 

We didn't sneak in. I told you we were coming. You were in Oz.

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We didn't sneak in. I told you we were coming. You were in Oz.

 

 

.... you know that I wasn't talking about you :)

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.... you know that I wasn't talking about you :)

If me, I was afraid you might make me eat Brie.

 

Seriously, I was only there for 3 days and was in meetings and business dinners the whole time. I took a two hour walk to find the dealership the day I landed before the "fun" began.

 

I'll be in Dusseldorf for a couple days next month

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Hmm ..... I am in Dusseldorf now (my parents are here) ...... in Nov. I will be in Geneva ..... not too worry, Brie can wait :)

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