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post #1 of 21 Old 03-31-2014, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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License plate fell off. Was - Don't forget to check........

Went for a putt today and got about 75 miles into my ride so pulled over for a pee and cracker break. Did a quick walk around my bike like I always do, and my frickin license plate was missing off the rear fender...... WTF?

I knew it was on the bike when I left the house because I remembered looking at it, so started back-tracking @ 40 MPH and the man upstairs was on my side because I found it laying in the middle of the road about 40 miles back, unharmed..... So slapped it back on with zip ties and finished my ride. Once home I permanently re-attached with SS hardware and copious amounts of red Loctite.

We all check our wheel axles, steering head, etc. Just don't forget about the small stuff too..... Go figure.

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LOL I hear ya, I now attach my plate on both bikes with heavy duty zip ties.

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Good tip. So often it's the small stuff that trips us up.

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My God, it vibrated something off and its not a Harley? Is that even possible?

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My God, it vibrated something off and its not a Harley? Is that even possible?
I was gonna say the same, how would it vibrate itself out on a Strom!
Had the exact same happen to me once but on a Victory Vegas with a 1600cc vibration are pretty serious (though far less than a harley). It was my dad's friend bike who just bought it and had me ride it to the dealer to get it inspected. Put my plate on it, by the time i met them there at the dealer (30km = 18 mile) it was gone though i tightened it with 2 bolts!

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I was gonna say the same, how would it vibrate itself out on a Strom!
Had the exact same happen to me once but on a Victory Vegas with a 1600cc vibration are pretty serious (though far less than a harley). It was my dad's friend bike who just bought it and had me ride it to the dealer to get it inspected. Put my plate on it, by the time i met them there at the dealer (30km = 18 mile) it was gone though i tightened it with 2 bolts!
The plate came loose and almost fell off my WR250R, but that sees an awful lot of bumps and rough roads. :mrgreen:

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gravel road can vibrate anything loose, doesn't have o be a Harley

I've actually had my license plate crack and break the corners off

zipties held the corners of the plate on, but I had to wire the plate

in photo 1, upper left corner is broken


a few weeks later photo 2, both upper corners are broken





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I even dismounted and scrubbed the plate clean as part of restoring the Vee to operating status last Sunday. Using battery nuts and bolts to mount it. It's all I had handy.

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Back in the day when real men road real motorcycles, loosing a plate was a common occurrence.
What works for me is using a metal plate frame mounted with four 6mm screws.

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Good reminder. Several times a year, I spend a couple of hours in the garage on a rainy day and just double check all the bolts for tightness.

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