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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-10-2019, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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State Inspection Sticker blues....

If you're lucky like me, you live in a state that continues to not only use the outdated "inspection sticker" but decrees that it must be affixed to the upper left fork.
Frankly, it just looks tacky and really detracts from the looks of your bike, especially if it's some garish color like purple or orange. There really has to be a better
way.


And there is!!


Since I need an inspection on my Bobber, I noticed something: right in the middle of the upper left fork area where the sticker would go is a chrome clamp that
is used as a clutch cable guide (Pic #1). In order for the sticker to adhere flat to the surface, the guide would have to be moved. I don't know if that's possible,
and in fact I don't want it moved. The state will just have to deal with it. So there! Then I remembered how I took care of that problem on my Thruxton: I simply
attached one of those chrome Bikemaster inspection sticker plates to the headlight mount. I figured that would work on the Bobber as well. However, upon
looking at it initially, there aren't any spare bolts to use, just the pinch bolts for the forks. Nope. Then it hit me - I need some sort of round clamp that I can
attach to the fork and bolt the inspection sticker plate to. Started looking around and found it (Pick #2) on Amazon. It's actually a clamp used by stage lighting
guys to mount lights for stage productions. The forks are 1mm in diameter larger than the max diameter of the clamp, but it actually helps it stay on tight.

Here's a link to the clamp: https://tinyurl.com/y6zmryno. It's only $14, and is made of some pretty sturdy aluminum. The inspection plate is your standard
chrome plate from Bikemaster that you can get from Cycle Gear, Harley shops, etc... I swapped out the wingnut for a nice chrome acorn nut to finish it off.


Sorry about the blurry pics, I didn't have my glasses on.
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Sweet trick!


My dealership added a metal plate to my brake caliper using one of the bolts. It's not as bad as sticking it to my fork, but still... ugly.
I may look at your solution.


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What dealership did you get your Bobber from?

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CPORet, your solution seems a bit complicated. My solution is more like Davids. I got a black plate, no chrome for my Bobber.



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Wow, you guys in America love your paperwork!

In the UK we maybe lumbered with large plates but our cops have computers. From your registration plate alone they know within seconds who owns it, whether your vehicle's got an MOT and whether or not it's insured. We don't have to carry documents or attach bits of paper to our bikes any more that's so last century!
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Wow, you guys in America love your paperwork!

In the UK we maybe lumbered with large plates but our cops have computers. From your registration plate alone they know within seconds who owns it, whether your vehicle's got an MOT and whether or not it's insured. We don't have to carry documents or attach bits of paper to our bikes any more that's so last century!
I do quite miss the old tax disc though
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Thank goodness North Carolina got rid of stickers.
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I do quite miss the old tax disc though
I think on a classic bike or car an age appropriate Tax Disc can look awesome. But I certainly don't miss having to find somewhere to mount the disc holder or having to stand in line at the Post Office (with all my documents) to buy a new one every year.

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Wow, you guys in America love your paperwork!

In the UK we maybe lumbered with large plates but our cops have computers. From your registration plate alone they know within seconds who owns it, whether your vehicle's got an MOT and whether or not it's insured. We don't have to carry documents or attach bits of paper to our bikes any more that's so last century!
That sounds marvellous in theory, but in reality the numbers of untaxed vehicles has gone through the roof. So now we who do obey the law get to subsidise the criminals. The law of unintended consequences eh? Who'd a thunk it?
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CPORet, your solution seems a bit complicated. My solution is more like Davids. I got a black plate, no chrome for my Bobber.



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Nice Chico!
I was thinking of doing the same.
Did you use the same bolt or replace with a longer one?

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