How to mount trail license plates?

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I've searched the forum and did not find an answer to this question - maybe Minnesota is the only State that requires this.

We are required to have a license plate on our off road motorcycles when riding on any of the State trails. The plate is required to be 4" X 7" and use 1.5" numbers and letters and have the license "tab" also on the plate. The rules state that the plate needs to be attached to the rear of the bike which is pretty much impossible if you want to still have the pl;ate after a trail ride. I have been told that the enforcers don't really mind if the plate isn't on the back of the bike but it does have to be somewhere.

So, any suggestions. I would like to have the plate be removeable as we also tend to ride some MX tracks and I don't want the plate on the bike when doing so.

Thanks for the help.

Mark
 
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Can't you just bend it around the rear fender and fasten it? I seen it done this way in photos. Luckily we use an off road sticker which is easier to mount.
 
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I mounted mine on the front number plate (above the headlight) on my XR 400. I bought some plastic nuts and bolts to secure it up there. In New York it is supposed to be on the back too. Nobody has ever said anything to me about it being on the front. The thing that sucks is no matter where you put it, it still looks stupid on a dirt bike. :bang:
 
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How about sticking it on with velcro? That way you can easily pull it off. Or just drill and bolt it on the rear fender. Unbolt to remove. I really like the zip-tie to the chest protector idea! Good one WildBill!!
 

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Mine is licensed for MN trails and all I did was to cut a black number plate background the size they say and stuck it on my rear fender.I even trimed it to fit. Then I bought sticky mailbox numbers at the hardware store (chrome colored :cool: )
and applied these to the "plate" . Don’t forget the little State sticker in the corner. I have been checked a couple of times by the DNR and it passes, but it doesn’t fall off like a plate does( I’ve found my buddies and others plates on the trail :ohmy:
 
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Up here we have to have them mounted on the front of the bike for off road use. they go on the rear for street. so I just zip tie it between the shocks or on top of the light if i have it on there
 
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I'm in Minnesota too, and I bought a plate kit from Dennis Kirk, but have the same problem-where to mount it. I was thinking of trying to go sideways off of the subframe somewhere, but I may just end up drilling through the rear fender and mounting it there.
 
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License plate

I bought the little plastic plate from Bob's cycle and printed the numbers from my computer onto some sticky back paper. I then stuck this to the plate and covered it with some packing tape. Now I just need to stick it on the bike.

I don't want to drill holes in a rear fender as I just spent $45 on a Maier rear fender. I also need to mount a plate to my kids KX65. I like the idea of the chest protector and I like the idea of mounting it to the front with zip ties as I do want to remove the thing when riding at the track. I wonder what the trail cops would say about it being mounted to the chest protector instead of being on the bike somewhere?

Where do you MN boys live and ride?

Mark
(Woodbury MN)
 
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I picked something up from Bob's Cycle and cut it down to fit the fender. Attached is using a rivet gun. No problems in 3 years......
 

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We live in Somerset, Wi and we go mostly to the St Croix state park in Mn, we also go up to Gilbet once in awhile. I have never ridden Nemagi (spelling?) but I would like to go. We ride mostly in northern Wi.
 
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Somerset

What ever happened to the track that used to be in Somerset? I hear there was a nice track and that some people ruined it by being jerks.

Nemadji is a treat. About 100 miles of marked trails and 10X that in unmarked trails. Bring a GPS or you will get lost.

What's St. Croix State Forest like? ride anywhere else?

Mark
 

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The track in Somerset was "In town" and it was just too close, funny the concerts are basically in the same place and they still happen....$$$$$. St. Croix is pretty basic but fun, it has a varied terrain, but not very tight. We go there because of this, Amy, (better half :) )) is not too into really tight woods. But it is pretty close and a good time. Like I said Gilbert is the only other place we ride in MN. Where do you hale from?