Tazzman and Stent,
riding in Europe is easier than riding in the UK. Much less traffic for the most part.
My tips for you.
Always fuel up during daylight hours in France where there is an attendant. Do not get low on fuel and leave it till the attendants have knocked off for the day.
The reason...Auto petrol stations that take credit cards in France have a habit of not accepting credit cards from the UK. In the past I have had Visa, Mastercard and American express declined.
We drive on the other side of the road.
Tie a piece of bright ribbon or tape to the left hand mirror stalk. This reminds you which side of the bike needs to be along the centre line. If you don`t you WILL forget.
Don`t ride too far. Getting off the bikes is what the trip is all about. Not staying on it all day.
Talk to people. Meeting people is the most important part.
Enjoy it and don`t plan too much.
France, Italy, Switzerland. All wonderful for bikes.