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    Hi- did HArley ever produce a bracket for holding the license plate- see pics from the rear fender/luggage carrier on my 1916 model. Drilling two holes through the carrier is not my preferred solution.
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    The Sol rear light removes some options and the light can in principle provide upward lighting for the license plate

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    NilsR

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    I'd simply use a couple P shaped wire loom clips and hang the plate off the resr of the luggage rack. No drilling required.

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    NilsR, I have a '16 J, and my favorite Harley-Davidsons are the '15-16 series of singles, and twins. Your bike (from what I can see) looks like a beauty; could you please post some pictures of it? I found an Old Sol catalog I have, and there is a picture of a license bracket. Old Sol didn't make license brackets but you can see how it could have been done. I suspected that license brackets were an aftermarket item in those days as I could not find a H-D made license bracket in my factory catalogs. Harley did not make gas lights and those were sourced from the buyers preference, hence the license bracket was also aftermarket. I didn't look in my MECO catalogs, but there may be some examples there. John's suggestion is a good one and was probably commonly done because license plate dimensions in those days could vary considerably by state.
    Eric Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    John's suggestion is a good one and was probably commonly done because license plate dimensions in those days could vary considerably by state.
    Or country !
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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    Thanks- have experimented with p-clips but need to find the right type- couldwork i gather although would be good to have more fastening points. Willpost more pics of the bike- has a National side car.

    The sol version seems very prone to vibrations of which there is cupios amonts available on these earlybikrs

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    Nilsr

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    It always amazes me what you can find on this forum. Thanks Eric, for sharing.

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