The fact that motorcycles and scooters are getting more popular thanks to enormous hikes in fuel prices is no surprise to anyone, least to gasoline companies. French oil company, Total, has taken note and has started looking towards these motorcycles as a real “market”.
Total have recently opened a gas pump designed for motorcycles in the Paris suburbs (L’Isle Adam) . Cars aren’t welcome (and will not fit), and the pump has all sorts of stuff designed for bikers.
First of all, the pump itself has all the controls at mid height, meaning you can remain seated on your motorcycle while controlling the pump: selecting the fuel, paying by credit card, getting your receipt, etc. There’s even place for your helmet in case you want to take it off. The pump instructions are in French, English and German.
Secondly, the nozzle is shorter than the car variant. This means that you can place the nozzle and actually see if the tank is filling up, not find out when the precious fuel runs over.
The floor has been treated with a special anti-slip paint, meaning that you do not need to be afraid that your foot is going to slip on the floor when you put them down.
The only downside is that currently this station only has 95 unleaded fuel not 98 which some motorcycle use. A second station is about to open, and that one will have 98.
Another nice motorcycle-friendly part of this gas station is the motorcycle specific cleaning area. The pressure cleaning station uses wax and not-that-high-pressure water. They also have rotating narrow brushes that can be used to clean in between the spokes of your tires. The final cleaning phase includes blow drying your bike.
There’s a waterproof compartment for your helmets and other stuff you carry. The same place also has an air compressor for your tires.
Nice touch, and it would be great to see more of the motorcycle friendly gas stations opening around the world.