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    Posted: 01 Dec 2017 at 17:35
Thought I would share this with you - both my Griso and now my Norge were purchased with horrible rusty rear red reflector brackets, and it bugs me to find poor quality rusty fittings on bikes. This particular item looks like a real afterthought on these bikes, and may be due to not being able to mount the reflector directly on to the mudguard because of the abnormally large number plates required in UK. Here's the one on my under 2 year old Norge -
 
I spent a long time looking on line for something in stainless steel to no avail, and gave up, only to realise that I had the very thing needed in my shed which I have owned for some years - a brushed finish stainless steel diy angle bracket. Suitably cut, and mounted with new stainless steel bolts, washers, and locknuts, it now looks much better ( in my opinion ). Could be mounted inside the mudguard as well if required, but I am happy with this - no more rusty bracket. Uses original mounting holes. The holes in the bracket just happen to align !   







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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Scousus maximus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Dec 2017 at 19:38
That cheap and nasty bracket is used on the Small Blocks too. I've looked at it a few times and not bothered but now I'll get into my s/steel salvage bin and follow your lead!Wink

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I have a spare if anyone wants it, just cover the postage. It will be flat, and just needs a careful bend using a rubber mallet, with the bracket held tight in a clamp so that it bends square. Will come with stainless washers and locknuts but I am out of flanged M5 bolts. I would suggest a new reflector ( e.g. from Yuni world yamaha parts ) as the original has a locating lug which I suppose could be cut off, and the mounting bolt is off centre - that may or may not matter, depending on your installation but I used a new one anyhow.

Edited by graham550 - 02 Dec 2017 at 09:05
Now: Norge GT8V 2015, BMW K1200S 2005
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2017 at 10:46
Very neat.

I would probably have fitted it under the guard but maybe the cutout isn't big enough.
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Yes, the cutout is slightly too small, and I thought I would try it this way before making the cutout slightly larger - not that hard to do - cut a bit of the plastic away on the mudguard, but I didn't want to hack at something and then regret it - so taking a moment to see how it looks after a period of reflection.    

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I see what you did there.........
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ricktify Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 00:11
I didn't have any issues with rust on the bracket, but I didn't like the rear reflector hanging so low from the fender on the Griso, I just thought it looked odd. I took off the bracket and mounted the reflector on the fender just below the license plate.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cyclobutch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 10:38
Indeed. I guess the cheap dangly reflector arrangement is just an add on for whichever markets require it. You just throw it away and put one of those stick on ones on a corner of the number plate don’t you?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 19:35
I thought it was just fashion? Making it look like it's a custom bike with a bodged on reflector like it's an afterthought and only then cos it legally has to have one.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017 at 20:10
"Just found out we have to put a reflector on the back, where on earth can that go?"
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TooJuicy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Dec 2017 at 17:35
Not going to win me any beauty contests but I needed a rear fender / mudguard extender which happened to come with its own on-board reflector so the factory effort is consigned to the bin of bits

https://www.pyramid-plastics.co.uk/accessory.html?h=99999_101366&accessoryCode=3191&d=Universal+Carbon+Ductail+-+Tour+-+rear+extenda+%2F+protector&partNumber=08101A

I do a lot of miles touring, better described as riding in through rainstorms & floods. I got tired of carrying a grit-encrusted topbox at end of the day. A simple stick-on guard stopped all that. A good featurs is that item fits to number plate not mudguard so easy to return to stock.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Dec 2017 at 23:59
Originally posted by TooJuicy TooJuicy wrote:

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Dec 2017 at 09:59
I fitted the Guzzi extender to my Norge, still uses the same reflector, but at least it's no longer hanging down like a bolt on extra. Keeps the back end cleaner too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TooJuicy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 16:31
 
do you know, are those reflectors legal (*)?
 
To be legal reglectors must have the appropriate Approval Marks on them.
 
I see the seller mentions MOT but MOT-standard is not always the same as road legal. If you ate unfortunate to attract the ire of Mr Traffic Plod then illegal reflectors are not a good place to be.
 
* refer The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations, Schedule 18. I can confirm the Pyramid reflector carries correct mark.
 
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