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Old 01-07-2013, 01:42 PM   #2793
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Originally Posted by murder face View Post
Thanks for posting up the great photos and writeups. I just found this thread a week ago and have been reading your thread a few pages at a time. I will definitely try taking some pictures like yours while out on some rides this year.

Anyway I just had a question about the deal with the police stopping the motorcyclists for small plates. What is going on here? are the guys trimming off letters from their license plates and making them smaller? or do you make your own license plates with your registered numbers and some people make them smaller than others. Sorry for my ignorance, it just caught me off guard as here we have two sizes, large and motorcycle.

Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to seeing more photos of your rides.

Thanks for that ..Glad you are enjoying the thread. will be a little quiet now 'till you have plenty of time to 'catch up'

As for the small number plates. Most bikes have the regulation size plates otherwise you will get 'pulled' by the police and given a 30 fine every time you get stopped. If you don't do a lot of miles each year you might consider having a small plate and risking the odd fine ..but if you ride regularly it isn't worth the hassle / cost.
Anyone can get a small plate made up at a number plate makers (or on-line) these are sold as 'show plates' and are sold to you as 'not suitable for road use'.

The standard regulation legal plates must use a precise size and style of font and the spaces between the letters must be a certain size. I have seen police measuring this with rulers and 'templates' on bikes they have stopped on some occasions!

Info on the UK plate regulation sizes here :-
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