Disadvantage - if you ever get in an accident, then you will have some tough questions to answer. You are looking to ride around UK yeah?
The insurance company would doubtless use the untruth of French residency against you: "why, sir, were you on a home counties dual carriageway at eight in the morning carrying a bag full of documents relating to work in the UK, and furthermore in possession of a wallet retrieved from the roadside replete with UK bankcards and sundry UK identification when you are, according to our records, in fact resident in Cafe Chez Amis, 5 Rue de Grand Mensonge? Our company cannot but be sympathetic to your loss of three limbs and all motor functions south of the border -- a-hem -- we feel your loss of course; but higher principles are involved here, as you are doubtless cognisant, we have a wider responsibility to law, justice and proper conduct, which obliges us to decline your request for compensation due to our client's actions in this matter however heinous you may consider them, I may consider them, the whole world would; well, fraud is a serious matter....."
If you do go down the French route, you will need convincing proof of residency - I seem to recall two forms are required one of which carries a photo, one that ties you to an address. Not easy.
That all said, there are loads of Brits here in France driving around on UK plates in order to dodge French taxes and MOT etc, so the president is well established.
The question is: is it really worth it? Given that bikes here in France are more expensive and in general less well maintained, what are you saving, what are you risking?
Around the world 2000-2004, on a 1993 Honda Transalp
Last edited by Simon Kennedy; 16 Mar 2008 at 20:26.