Dipped lights must be used at all times, no exceptions and having a faulty bulb may result in an on-the-spot fine. We strongly suggest you check all lights before leaving for France.
It is a legal requirement to have the headlight beam deflected so as not to dazzle other road users. We suggest some of our car ones (see product below) which will do the job, though please be aware that they don’t come with fitting instructions for bikes but you should be able to work it out.
Here at Drive-France we don't pretend to be experts regarding Motorcycles but from what I remember from my youth, bike headlights used to shed their beam forward and to the left on UK bikes and forward and right on European bikes (similar to cars) so as to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic.
I believe though that in more recent years bike headlights just point forward so there is no difference in the direction of the beam between a UK or Euro motorbike. If you have such a bike then headlamp converters wouldn't be required for your bike.
Remember it is compulsory for dipped headlamps to be used day and night when riding in France.
Anyway it is up to you, but we are aware that a lot of newer bikes with "stacked headlights" don't need them.
However if you have a beam that points left then you really should use the converters as you will be dazzling oncoming traffic.
Try as I might I cannot find any information on the subject of headlamp beams for motorcycles on any official French government website.
Buy headlamp converters here
You are limited for storage space on a bike but if you want you can have one of these small first aid kits with you. First aid kit here.
No you do not need to carry a warning triangle, only cars, vans and motorhomes etc must have them.
These are NOT a legal requirement so don't waste your money. That said you'd be amazed how many people still buy them. If you want some, see breathalysers here.
I personally don't take breathalysers any more because they are no longer a legal requirement (as of January 2020). Though they are still listed as a legal requirement by many "out of date" websites that sell them.
Read all about the back story to the breathalyser rules and my opinion on it here. Breathalysers do you need them?
If the bike breaks down in the South of France it is a long way home. If it can't easily be fixed and you need to get it transported home that would be very expensive and not not easy to organise. For European breakdown cover that covers motorcycles. Click Here