Some places around the world require you to have a license plate attached to your dirt bike at all times. Other places only require a license plate if you’re going to be driving on the park or state trails. The bad news is that most bikes don’t come with a place to attach a license plate and the areas where you can mount them on aren’t the best looking.
So, where is the best place to mount a license plate on a dirt bike? The proper place to mount a license plate on a dirt bike is just under the rear fender like you would on a normal street bike. You’re going to need to strap the license plate to your rear fender or buy a bracket that actually mounts onto your bike.
There are additional places where you can mount your license plate as well and some of them are much more convenient and better-looking in my opinion. Let’s jump into some of the additional places to attach your license plate.
Hanging On The Rear Fender
The proper place to attach your license plate, that we just talked about, was hanging it from the rear fender. It kind of sucks because most of the dirt bikes don’t actually come with a place to hang your license plate so you’re either going to have to strap it or tie it to your fender or purchase a license plate mount.
I’m not really a fan of this option just because I don’t think it looks very appealing and I think there are better places to put it if you are able to. Some places around the world require you to have it here just like if it were on a street bike, so be sure to check your local rules. But if you are going to be riding your bike on any sort of roads this is going to be your best option.
Under The Rear Fender
The next option is going to be to actually mount it on the rear fender itself. This is a better option in my opinion just because it’s not going to be in the way and there’s really no way that it’s going to knock into something and break off. It will still be out in the open so law enforcement will be able to see it no problem.
One of the downsides to this option is that you’re going to have to bend the plate into place and then attach it onto your bike somehow. Another downside is that you’re probably going to have to drill small holes to attach some zap straps or string or something like that. I’m not quite sure if this option is going to be legal in all areas so be sure to check your local rules before you actually go out and do it.
On The Side Of The Rear Fender
If you don’t want to go out and buy a license plate bracket and you don’t want to bend the license plate itself this is going to be one of the options for you. You can attach the license plate to the side of your fender (where some people put graphics or numbers) but the only thing is that you’re still going to have to drill holes into the fender to attach it to the bike.
This is a good spot because it’s still out in the open and it’s not going to get in the way and end up breaking off as the license plate mount would. If you don’t want to drill holes in your fender and you don’t want to buy a bracket, the next one could work for you.
On The Number Plate
This is going to be my favorite place to mount a license plate and it’s going to be perfect for someone who doesn’t want to drill any holes in the main part of the bike or buy a bracket to hang it on their fender. This option isn’t going to have it out in the open so some places might not allow it. If you’re in an area where the license plate rules are super tight then this probably won’t work for you.
My favorite place to mount a license plate would be on the front of the bike where you can attach a number. You can either put it so it’s facing the front or you can actually tuck it into the back so you can’t really see it at all. Again, the only downside to this would be that you’re going to have to drill holes but at least it’s not going to be in the fender or any main part of the bike.
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