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    I know a couple of you run a side mount licence plate. Do ya'll ever get hasseled by the cops about it? Last night was a typical west coast FL night and me and some friends decided to take a ride down to the beach to grab some dinner. Well I guess I was the lucky one that got chosen to be an exemple for a trainee last night. I got piched for my plate being mounted on my swingarm. The screwed up part was they saw a pack of sportbikes and fliped a bitch and caught up with us. We weren't speed'n or doing anything stupid. Just cruis'n down the the road minding our own buisness. I know they're just doing their job, but this is ticket number 4 for me in 2 months. The other 3 were valid, but this one was just stupid. If I was trying to hid it behind the tire it would be one thing but It's in plan view off the rear of the bike. I don't see the problem.
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  • #2
    It appears that my weewee has been stricken with rigor mortis!

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    • #3
      Find the section of the Florida vehicle code that states what the tag mounting specifications are and be sure your mounting scheme complies with it. Also be sure your tag is properly illuminated to comply with the law if you want to avoid future hassles. If a side-mount is found to be technically legal, keep a copy of the code with you that says so.

      Incidently though, IMHO, side-mounted plates look ridiculous on sportbikes! Plus, unless you tip it sideways to read it Japanese-style, you'll probably end-up using it as a curb-feeler!
      It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a bad example.

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      • #4
        I've tried to find the section on vehicle code here in VA. No go! The last time I got my bike inspected (require every damn year here) they couldn't even tell me what the requirements were for plate placement.

        What you really need is this. http://www.mannsmotorsports.com/fastags/
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        • #5
          For "show use only" though, right?
          It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a bad example.

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          • #6
            I will second the notion of :

            If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

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            • #7
              Yeah... you were rookie fodder last night.

              A few folks I ride with have the swingarm side mount, others put it just in front of the rear shock, and two of them mount it flad to the under tail. (you can not see that unless you get dovn on your havds and knees) We never get hassled for something that lame.

              Sorry about your luck.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wondertwin
                Find the section of the Florida vehicle code that states what the tag mounting specifications are and be sure your mounting scheme complies with it. Also be sure your tag is properly illuminated to comply with the law if you want to avoid future hassles. If a side-mount is found to be technically legal, keep a copy of the code with you that says so.

                Incidently though, IMHO, side-mounted plates look ridiculous on sportbikes! Plus, unless you tip it sideways to read it Japanese-style, you'll probably end-up using it as a curb-feeler!


                Don't want the ticket gotta do the reseach. Otherwise if the cop is right (very petty mind you.. but legally correct) you're pooched.
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                • #9
                  Ohh well me to say
                  Originally posted by TLCURT
                  Because TL's fucking rock.

                  It's a cult thing...to own one is to love one.

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                  • #10
                    Plus, unless you tip it sideways to read it Japanese-style, you'll probably end-up using it as a curb-feeler!

                    Which is, btw, also illegal here in Indiana. Funny, just about every Harley I see has it mounted that way though.

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                    • #11
                      I've only been pulled over for it once. The cop said "I pulled you over cause I see you don't have a pla......oh there it is, I didn't think to look there"


                      I did get off with a warning Thanks piggy,piggy.



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                      • #12
                        you were prolly either getting hit by the rook, or they were rolling yah looking for something else. They do that a lot around here to get ppl for drinking and driving. Not exactly ethical if you ask me, but they're doing for a good reason. I don't really have problem with it, cause i'm not breaking the law.

                        btw, swing arm plates look HORRIBLE, take that off your bike this instant

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                        • #13
                          sorry to hear about you mishap here in nyc they'll mess with you for that when there in a bad mood or need to make a ticket quota or for whatever reason be it.if it were up to me i would keep it my rear pocket.i keep my plate were it belongs i dont like being bother for petty schitt.
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                          • #14
                            Here's a pic.

                            It's not lit up. That I'll give them, but to be fair, how many bikes do you see with lights over their tags. Personaly, I never knew such a thing exsisted untill the cop said something. I've never owned a bike that had a plate light befor.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Scrapyard
                              Here's a pic.

                              It's not lit up. That I'll give them, but to be fair, how many bikes do you see with lights over their tags. Personaly, I never knew such a thing exsisted untill the cop said something. I've never owned a bike that had a plate light befor.
                              check around your rear tail liight. When you did your fender mod there was a light.
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