GL1200 Bobber License Plate Bracket

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GL1200 Bobber License Plate Bracket

Once I had the basic design of the brake light completed, I turned my attention to where I was going to mount the thing.  The right side of the bike had the most space considering the huge brake caliper on the left side.  The right side also had the nut end of the axle bolt which would work great as a place to mount a license plate and tail light bracket.  First I stared at the space for a while until a basic design kind of came to my mind.   After a few quick measurements I laid out the side shape of the bracket of a scrap piece of cardboard.

GL1200 license plate bracket template

Once I felt like I had a shape I could work with I transferred the outline onto a scrap of sheet metal I had lying around. And then cut the shape out with a die grinder.  I really need to invest in a plasma soon.

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The next step was to use an old license plate to cut out the curved piece the plate would mount to.  In the pics you can still see the metal is crooked from the heat of welding.  Once I got everything welded in place, I then hammered everything flat again.

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The washer was welded on to add rigidity to the mounting location at the axle.  I then hammered some steel rod to match the curve of the vertical bracket to add more rigidity to the weight of the tail/brake light.  From there I hammered out a thick section of flat bar and welded it into place for the actual mount for the tail/brake light itself.

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I’m happy with how the overall look ended up.  I think it’s not only functional but looks decent as well and most importantly I all handmade which I like.  Once I get it all smoothed out I will then power coat the entire assembly for final installation.

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