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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-14-2011, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Where did you put your inspection sticker?
Here in Missouri, they stick it on your front fork.

I hate stickers, and the first thing I do is remove any sticker from a car or bike and what's the first thing the state does when they get their fingers on it? They put a nice colored sticker right in plain view and it puts my undies in a bunch to no end. One of the guys I talked to said they aren't allowed to stick them to one of those inspection sticker plates that you can put on your bike and they have to be in plain view. When I got my first bike inspected and saw that sticker blaring at me when I picked it up, I wanted to kill the nearest living thing I could find.


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Here in Missouri, they stick it on your front fork.

I hate stickers, and the first thing I do is remove any sticker from a car or bike and what's the first thing the state does when they get their fingers on it? They put a nice colored sticker right in plain view and it puts my undies in a bunch to no end. One of the guys I talked to said they aren't allowed to stick them to one of those inspection sticker plates that you can put on your bike and they have to be in plain view. When I got my first bike inspected and saw that sticker blaring at me when I picked it up, I wanted to kill the nearest living thing I could find.

I wonder if there is a state law that mandates the location of the sticker. Mine is on a plastic tab just below the plate. Talk about UGLY. If you can move it I would put it on the side of the neck just high enough that a cop could see it but not be so noticable.
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Here in Missouri, they stick it on your front fork.

I hate stickers, and the first thing I do is remove any sticker from a car or bike and what's the first thing the state does when they get their fingers on it? They put a nice colored sticker right in plain view and it puts my undies in a bunch to no end. One of the guys I talked to said they aren't allowed to stick them to one of those inspection sticker plates that you can put on your bike and they have to be in plain view. When I got my first bike inspected and saw that sticker blaring at me when I picked it up, I wanted to kill the nearest living thing I could find.

I wonder if there is a state law that mandates the location of the sticker. Mine is on a plastic tab just below the plate. Talk about UGLY. If you can move it I would put it on the side of the neck just high enough that a cop could see it but not be so noticable.
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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-15-2011, 01:57 PM
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Well, finally got tired of the abortion that was the license plate bracket. The rest of the Bird looks so nice that I just couldn't take it any more. It isn't a T-Bird specific feeling; it just seems that license plate brackets on most stock bikes look like more of an after thought than something that is part of the design and leave a lot to be desired. So I got out the tools last night and here is what I have now. I cut off the stock bracket just below the reflector, removed the standard plate light and mounted a backing plate to the flat spot. Wired it up and done. I used a Custom Dynamics low profile LED frame (it has a lifetime warranty) and I have to say, I like the way it came out.

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Not good, you obstruct the nice shape view of the fender curve from the rear standpoint.
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Not good, you obstruct the nice shape view of the fender curve from the rear standpoint.
Well...to each his own I guess; if everyone agreed on everything the world would be a very boring place. I think the stock plate bracket was the only thing on the bike that was REALLY ugly. I guess what they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder is true, because I think the stock bracket ruined the look of the whole back end both from the side and the back. I think the stock looked like an after thought (as they do on most bikes in my opinion) and it's just thrown on because there has to be one. To be honest, for a bike that looks so good otherwise, I'm surprised I haven't seen more changing it one way or another. It's usually a common complaint on boards for other bikes I've owned and something I have seen a lot of people change whether they modify the stock bracket or do a complete relocation. It's all good though; I'll just be happy knowing mine is prettier than yours (even if it's just me that thinks it).

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I guess what they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder is true, because I think the stock bracket ruined the look of the whole back end both from the side and the back.
I am actually of the exact opposite opinion of you. I think Triumph actually did a pretty decent job on the license plate bracket. The only thing I'd change would be to get rid of the little nubby bumper thing that sticks out. I give you credit for using your ingenuity to come up with an alternative idea, but to be honest I don't think it looks any better. But as Triumph says, "Go Your Own Way." Make it your own I always say. I'm glad you are happy with the results.
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I wonder if there is a state law that mandates the location of the sticker. Mine is on a plastic tab just below the plate. Talk about UGLY. If you can move it I would put it on the side of the neck just high enough that a cop could see it but not be so noticable.
I just found out that here in TEXAS we have to have the inspection sticker visible from the rear of the bike.
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In WV the stiker doesn't have to be visible at all, so mine is on the inside of the side panel.

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Texas Inspection Sticker

Unfortunately here in Texas the Inspection Sticker has to be placed with the plate on the rear of the bike.
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Simon I think the frame looks good. I agree that stock bracket just look like an afterthought. Great job.

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