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GetAway, ask a local leo what would be the ruling. Show him a photo so he understands your concern. I already had mine mounted when I asked a state cop about it. He said he didn't see any problem and would be surprised if I ever got stopped. How many times do you see an SUV using these racks? And how well can you see a pick-up's plate when its pulling a boat or camping trailer. If the cops are gonna stop you, they will have to stop all the others.

Fossil, has it really been 5 years since you bought that?
There's a law on the books that you can not obstruct the view of your license plates. You are not allowed to put a tinted plastic cover over the plate. It's a $250 to $450 fine.

If the leo wanted to he could ticket that suv that has the plate covered. If you're towing a boat you had better have that trailer's tag up to date. As long as they can see a plate you're good to go.

Here's another law.. If you have fog/driving lights, you must shut them off when a vehicle approaching you is 500 feet from you no matter if it is foggy or raining/snowing. I use to work the grave yard shift and I would travel 36 miles to work and 36 miles from work. Half of these miles were on country roads. Farm land and city streets. The other half was freeway. Ask me how I know about the fog/driving lights and having a tinted plastic cover over my front plate on a smart car.

Come to OreYGun, drive around the Portland area. Bring your wallet!!
 

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I saw a holder that also had LED lights on it that attaches to that rack or one that looks just like it. It allows you to move your plate to the back of the rack so LEO won't hassle you.

I was thinking of getting that same rack. Here in OreYgun I would get pulled over in a heart beat along with a $200 ticket.

The LEO's out here are just revenuers. They sit on their bikes in an area that has flags that say "Work Zone" at 10:30 at night when there isn't anyone working and pop you for $285.00 for going over 25 mph. Ask me how I know. :crying:
My setup has been this way for many years, additionally logged over 25,000 miles in this configuration in nearly 35 States/5 Canadian provinces, passed /passed by many many law enforcement (including Oregon from Ca. to Wash), even been given waves and thumbs up from them, and with the exception of one slightly power hungry (I believe bored) North Dakotan Border Patrol agent I have never had it even mentioned. After my ND Border Patrol agent pal questioned it...I said "I understand your concern but look at the plate you can see it just fine." He conceded he was incorrect and wished us a good evening.

GetAway, ask a local leo what would be the ruling. Show him a photo so he understands your concern. I already had mine mounted when I asked a state cop about it. He said he didn't see any problem and would be surprised if I ever got stopped. How many times do you see an SUV using these racks? And how well can you see a pick-up's plate when its pulling a boat or camping trailer. If the cops are gonna stop you, they will have to stop all the others.

Fossil has it really been 5 years since you bought that?

Wow it doesn't seem that long Randy but it sure does work well. ;)
 

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Ditto George. Never been an issue for us either. Yes the "law" exists, but it's largely ignored I reckon. Shoot, for half the year the plate on my pickup is unreadable due to snow and ice. "Law" states that the plate is to be free of obstruction and visible at all times but I say to H. E. double hockey sticks with them when it's -30 and colder.
 
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Heck, I rode my bike through a good portion of North Dakota and Montana without even a plate on it! I passed one Montana state trouper sitting on the shoulder and he didn't even give me a second look.
 

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Heck, I rode my bike through a good portion of North Dakota and Montana without even a plate on it! I passed one Montana state trouper sitting on the shoulder and he didn't even give me a second look.
Where was the plate? When did you put it back on?
 

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Ditto George. Never been an issue for us either. Yes the "law" exists, but it's largely ignored I reckon. Shoot, for half the year the plate on my pickup is unreadable due to snow and ice. "Law" states that the plate is to be free of obstruction and visible at all times but I say to H. E. double hockey sticks with them when it's -30 and colder.
I understand what everyone is saying that they don't get hassled at all. I was just telling how things are here in the Portland Oregon and metro area are and just tried to give a heads up if you're going to cruise in this area. Oregon is really beautiful, from the coast to the deserts that we have but the LEO's are after your wallet.
 

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I bolted a Rivco hitch with a cooler rack on last winter.I rode across 26 states incl Oregon this summer. Although I was a little concerned about getting pinched,especially in states like Colorado where the toll booths snap a pic. of your plate and mail you the bill. Rivco makes an LED light bar /lic. plate mount but it takes a 5 wire harness instead of the 4 wire so I didn't get it.I expect I will this winter
 

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Where was the plate? When did you put it back on?
When I bought the bike the previous owner kept the plate. It was trailered part way but ridden the rest.
 

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I have almost the same hook up as you here: I have not gotten stopped either "yet" because of plate interference... I'll just play dumb if and when it occurs. It's been this way, meaning, I had this set up on my 2002 since the beginning and now my 2010, so it been this way for over 18 years... W/O any problems.....BUT if I do get pulled over because of plate interference... Then it's totally my fault, and please be advised I am PRO police....and NOT in anyway, trying to be a rebel, and against the law.....

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I'm curious do your racks bounce much? Let me rephrase do the cargo racks on the back of you bikes bounce?
It does not bounce much that I know of, you would have to ask one of our GWOF friends that have followed us when we had it on. @Two Wheel Wing , @budoka , @George Henderson to name a few. Not sure if we ever had it on when my mate @Eric was behind us or not, or @crownfire . I'm sur I'm forgetting someone.

Anyway, I do not even know it's back there when we are traveling, which is something you have to keep in mind so as to not bottom out in entrances and driveways. Also when backing up so not to crush it.
 

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It does not bounce much that I know of, you would have to ask one of our GWOF friends that have followed us when we had it on. @Two Wheel Wing , @budoka , @George Henderson to name a few. Not sure if we ever had it on when my mate @Eric was behind us or not, or @crownfire . I'm sur I'm forgetting someone.

Anyway, I do not even know it's back there when we are traveling, which is something you have to keep in mind so as to not bottom out in entrances and driveways. Also when backing up so not to crush it.
Good to know thanks fossil!
 
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