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Offline Yellow Dog

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Mounting a UK number plate
« on: 16 February, 2020, 12:56:12 PM »
A friendly  :121: officer suggested I should mount my UK number plate on the bike so that speed cameras are able to encourage me to ride a little more safely  :034:

The problem is that it is like a huge sailboard and sure to induce a drag effect. I am not really sure how it is supposed to sit or whether I need a new mounting bracket, rather than nut & bolt it on to the existing plastic mount. I can't see it lasting long.

Any guidance would be very much appreciated  :031:
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Re: Mounting a UK number plate
« Reply #1 on: 16 February, 2020, 10:14:51 PM »
Mount it with a slight forward angle, and the mild lift effect at the rear will help the front stay more planted at speed ....

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Re: Mounting a UK number plate
« Reply #2 on: 17 February, 2020, 04:53:58 AM »
Can someone explain why the UK number plate is so massive? With all the digital technology available (mainly for police enforcement) with speed cameras, number plate recognition cameras, dash cameras, why do you need numbers so big that they can be read by a blind man at a 100 yards?

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Re: Mounting a UK number plate
« Reply #3 on: 17 February, 2020, 08:16:45 AM »
At least we don't need them on the front any more...    which is handy for when you know cameras are forward facing.   :)

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Re: Mounting a UK number plate
« Reply #4 on: 17 February, 2020, 01:22:23 PM »
*Originally Posted by Kev51 [+]
Can someone explain why the UK number plate is so massive? With all the digital technology available (mainly for police enforcement) with speed cameras, number plate recognition cameras, dash cameras, why do you need numbers so big that they can be read by a blind man at a 100 yards?
So a (near-) blind man with a stick can read them at 100 yards! Like for example if some idiot decides to ride his bike or scooter through the local park.  :087:

And yes, I've seen it. And promptly reported him (don't need scum like that giving bikers a bad name).

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Re: Mounting a UK number plate
« Reply #5 on: 17 February, 2020, 01:26:31 PM »
It was one of my more pleasant discoveries after moving to the USA to find that sanity applied to the single rear 'tag' on my motorcycle. Small and appropriate!

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Re: Mounting a UK number plate
« Reply #6 on: 17 February, 2020, 01:26:44 PM »
*Originally Posted by Kev51 [+]
why do you need numbers so big that they can be read by a blind man at a 100 yards?
Because so many of them have current drivers licences and still drive daily!
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Re: Mounting a UK number plate
« Reply #7 on: 17 February, 2020, 05:32:23 PM »
*Originally Posted by seangee [+]
Because so many of them have current drivers licences and still drive daily!
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Re: Mounting a UK number plate
« Reply #8 on: 17 February, 2020, 08:27:24 PM »
*Originally Posted by seangee [+]
Because so many of them have current drivers licences and still drive daily!

That's a  tough argument to disprove  :006:

Still contemplating how to mount the sailboard.

I was wondering if I were to trim it just to show the digits and do away with the oversized borders, I could then cut it in half and rejoin it  :187: 
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