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Plate mounting laws by State

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    Question I have: If I am in a state that does not allow sideways mounted plates but the state I'm from and where it's registered does allow it, what are the chances of actually getting a ticket? More likely a warning unless you are a real douche to the officer. Not like everyone carries a spare mount in the saddlebag or trunk or whatever.
     
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    Be no different than have a car with no front plates visiting a state that requires plates in the front and back. Think it only applies to helmets that you have to change your ride from state to state.
    South Dakota had, think they eliminated it, that required handlebars to be lower than shoulder height and would hand out a bunch of tickets to out of staters for Sturgis, which was stupid.

    When i had my hammer, i put a vertical plate on (Iowa is horizontal only) and never once got a complaint from the law on it. My buddy has had his on his Iron that way long before me. But never did anything stupid that gained unwanted attention
     
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    Interesting...thanks saved me some money :icon_thumleft:
     
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    You should delete this post. I won't go to the link. I'll give you 2 words Plausible Deniability
     
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    Yeah, I tried that once. Turns out the other side of that coin says "Ignorance of the law is no excuse".

    I think Ohio had a 30" law, something like some part of the bars or grips couldn't be more than 30" above the seat. Of course it's all relative and I don't remember which part of the grips or bars. But nobody really cared and I never heard of anyone getting in trouble for it.

    There's another old thread on here with motorcycle laws by state but it was last updated in 2012. However, this can come in handy for those upcoming summer vacation cross-country rides.

    https://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws-Database
     
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    IMG_3754.JPG Mine is actually not legal but they don't bother me for it.
     
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    As a LEO myself, I don't see how other states can enforce their laws on vehicles that are registered in other states, but I have heard of Myrtle Beach PD writing everyone they found with a gutted exhaust on their bike.
     
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    I had a bike years ago with sideways plates, came from factory that way but I still got a ticket at MB bike rally. Could I had made Ironhorse pay the ticket because they supposedly sold a bike that was not 50 state legal, I don't know. Just paid the ticket cause couldn't take time to fight it, but they didn't care I was from different state.
     
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    I disagree with state-by-state laws on these types of things. There are too many variations with laws. Smoking ages, driving ages, tag laws, it's plain stupid. More so, to have laws that can be different city by city or county by county within a state such as sound level of pipes or license plate location/direction. Fighting them I imagine can be easy enough because of spotty enforcement of regulations. Just need to decide if it's worth your time, and I think many departments expect they won't be argued.
     

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