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I thought it was! We stayed there for a few nights on one of our holidays there. I bought a bodhrán. Funny place County Galway, is some ways. There's only three towns: Galway, Roundstone, and Clifden. The countryside is bare and wild and earily beautiful.
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I posted in a different thread at first, but I decided I really should have started a new topic.
I need advice for good places to rent a motorcycle in Ireland. I am thinking I may start in the Shannon area since I am flying in and out of that airport so I wouldn't have to pay a car and a motorcycle rental for a day.

Is there anything I need to be particularly aware of as far as riding a motorcycle in Ireland goes?

I would greatly appreciate any and all advice.
I've never seen such crazy drivers in the country side in my life and I live in Italy. The roads are great for motorcycle riding. Lots of twisties and beautiful views, however, their extremely narrow and have stone walls right up to the pavement.

I had rented a car while there and all of the car rental places tell you up front that if you destroy a tire you pay for it. That's because theres lots of potholes and break-offs at the edge of the roads. The roads are so narrow that you frequently have to drive the edge (about six inches from the stone walls) and they go thru tires like you would not believe. I considered myself lucky and only had to buy one.

Have fun, its a great country.
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The only HD Dealer with Rentals that I found is in Northern Ireland in Antrim, called Provincewide Harley Davidson. It is not too far to travel. Actually the train is pretty good. I am sure there must be dealers in Eire but not on the HD site? If you havn't already been, have a great time. Oh, and beware the Guinness is much stronger over there.
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I thought it was! We stayed there for a few nights on one of our holidays there. I bought a bodhrán. Funny place County Galway, is some ways. There's only three towns: Galway, Roundstone, and Clifden. The countryside is bare and wild and earily beautiful.
I stayed for 3 nights at Oughterard, to visit Galway, Inishmore and to admire the wonderful Connemara landscapes.
Then, I went up to Sligo for 2 more nights and came back to Dublin for 2 days. A week was too short to see everything..

First time I came to Ireland (1990) I stayed for a month in a small place, near Navan, called Castletown.
I was student and wanted to improve my english. A complete month without a french word !!!

I really want to go back to visit the Kerry county.
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I had rented a car while there and all of the car rental places tell you up front that if you destroy a tire you pay for it. That's because theres lots of potholes and break-offs at the edge of the roads.
I didn't think the roads were too bad really; not that different to some of the roads back home. Mind you, on one of our trips a tyre developed a slow puncture which we discovered after we'd got off the ferry on the way back, so I suppose you may have a point. Until now I hadn't particularly put it down to the roads in Ireland.

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I remember on one of our trips over there there were road works in every town and village: taking advantage of grants from the EU to improve the roads.
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The other thing that struck me was how long it took to get somewhere. In the US you think in terms of 200 miles is 3 hrs. In the UK it ends up 5 or 6 hours. Every 10 miles you end up in some cute little town a 10 MPH.

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Not Me! In the cities I would agree with you. The French and especially the Italians are much worse. Butl, on the country roads I much prefer the French Drivers to Italians, and certianly to the Irish.
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