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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 2006, 4:49 am Thread Starter
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Gents,

I've started tidying up the rear end and that licence plate hanger that I think comes from some sort of mining vehicle.

My efforts can be seen here:
http://madhouse.selincite.com/~jocke/k1200r_tail/

My initial thought was to put the licence plate on a hinge of some sort so that I could still access the seat key hole. But I've not found any good solution for that, so I'm going to, initially, settle for putting the plate as far up as possible. I think I'll also get a plate that's about 1" smaller...
I'm planning on hanging the plate by using two pieces of aluminium flat "bars". I'm going to attach them to the back of the "lip", then bend them into a U-shape so they go upward, and then attach the plate to that. This way I should be able to angle the plate like I want, and put it as far up as I want.

I'm also pondering if I should put on a set of smaller indicators, as the BMW ones are nice, but a bit too large.

The biggest problem I have is the holes left by removing the pillion grab rails.. I've got no good looking solution for this. Tips are very welcome!

We'll see where this ends up

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 2006, 9:03 am
 
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I too...

looked at putting the plate over the BMW emblem at the rear but couldn't come up with a design I liked but you've made good start- but I'm not really picturing your placement of the plate from your discription. looking forward to seeing your solution. Good luck!
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It's a bit difficult to describe - let me give it another shot...

In picture 03_k12r_tailpiece_start.jpg you can see two holes, one at the level of the BMW badge, the other one at the level of the seat lock. There's similar holes on the other side of the badge/lock.
The plan is to attach one aluminium bar on each side of the badge/lock. They'd be attached on the back side (towards the front of the bike). The aluminium bars would point straight down. That's until I'd bend them to look like a U-shape (from the side). I.e they'd be bent from the back (front of bike) of the hanger to the other side - up towards the lock. This way I'd be able to locate the licence plate in "any" angle, and at "any" vertical position. Simply by bending the bars and then cutting and drilling them to suit the plate. The plate would not be fastened to the plate-hanger-lip at all (except through the bars going to the back.

I've made an "artists impression" to illustrate...

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I see..

thanks for the illustration, make sense now...could you use springs, small bungees cords attached to the front side of the alum brackets that would then allow the plate to slide down when needing to access the lock area? just a thought...look forward to your solution. Northern Monkey, are you going to do something simular to your Powercup replica?
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Good work and keep us posted. I'm hoping someone will come out w/ and aftermarket solution to the pile of plastic hanging off the back.
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thanks for the illustration, make sense now...could you use springs, small bungees cords attached to the front side of the alum brackets that would then allow the plate to slide down when needing to access the lock area? just a thought...look forward to your solution. Northern Monkey, are you going to do something simular to your Powercup replica?
Aaha..... springs there now, that's a good idea...

*sound-of-cogs-turning*

Can't wait for work to finish so I can go home via DIY store to fix this

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What about mounting the tag to the left-hand passenger foot peg bracket, or would you see problems with clearance on left handers?
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The biggest problem I have is the holes left by removing the pillion grab rails.. I've got no good looking solution for this. Tips are very welcome!
You could fit an Ilmberger carbon fibre rear light cover without the holes for the hand grips - when they are available, which will be soon!!

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I spent a very long time trying to find something "springy" in the DYI shops near me yesterday, and the only two close-to-viable ideas that I came up with were.
a) Some elastic bungee rope
b) a drain unblocking spring

:wtf

Not very good.... That's all the progress I've made...

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You could fit an Ilmberger carbon fibre rear light cover without the holes for the hand grips - when they are available, which will be soon!!

sandbar (just up the road from you)
www.sandbarcomposites.co.uk

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Sandbar - I know of your products from my previous GS-life.... MMmmm tasty... And pricey...

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