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Ok, here's a newbie question: how do cafe racers pass inspection, and how are they legal? I'd like to ditch the fenders, turnsignals, and remount the taillight, get a molded seat, on my 1971 CB500 Four but I'm not sure how I go about this legally. I have to pass an inspection that includes checking all of these components. How do you guys get away with it? I'm in NJ, and I'm sure it varies from place to place, but this cafe thing is global. Thanks!
 

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I say get it titled and plated before you modify it. Here in WI you can run without turns and fenders. All the chopper guys do up here. Just use hand signals when the cops are around. I have never really had any problems with my cafe racers. My advice is if it looks illegeal...probally is. I have flipped plates side ways and ran smaller tail lights and crap. just keep the speedo on the bike! I had one without speedo and tach and city driving was not fun. "Sorry officer ,I was just keeping up wth traffic" didn't work too well.
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i never had an inspection on any of my bikes in mass. you were supposed to have the sticker on your plate but i never had one. i used to ride everywhere. i think you were supposed to have inspections every year. even old bikes but its been a while since ive had to deal with that. if the local bike shop does it, you might be able to talk them into working something out for you if youre a preferred customer. ask after you pay for that 300 dollar order. try being up front about what you have and they may cut you some slack. i think the important thing is that most cops dont know what they are looking at. my dad was a cop for years and when i asked him what he thought about my bike having historic plates and me riding it around anytime with clip ons and no turn signals, he said 98% of the cops wont know what it is they are looking at. he said there were only a few who who really knew anything about the bikes. in maryland, old bikes dont go through anykind of inspection ever. and new ones only go through at time of sale, or registration. never again. cars are the same way so you can drive them into the ground. there is a guy here who has an old caddie that he rebuilt with plywood and glass and resin. it has huge fins and its painted all black. its been driving around the city for at least 10 years. so if you need to get it through inspection, get it through then start hacking things off. keep the speedo. and definitely keep the mirror youre supposed to have. ride like you have a brain in your head, and you shouldnt have any problems. remember, chances are, you know more about bikes than anyone whos going to look it it in passing. you can also look into getting historic plates. sometimes those vehicles dont need inspections. youre supposed to be only riding on certain days etc...but it could be an easy way around. i ride my bikes anywhere anytime with historic plates and have never had a problem. most of the time it just has to be comming from or going into the shop. so its an easy way out. anyway,


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also, the nice thing about the hondas is that you can pull of the turnsignals with little problem. since they just plug into the harness at the point of attachment. id recommend not taking off turnsignals. alot of cage drivers dont know what youre doing when you hand signal. buy the tiny modern sportbike turnsignals. ebay has em all of the time.

just another thought.
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