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Jun 08

Posts: 185

How big is your number plate

How big is your number plate on your bike I've just fitted a 9'x3' and it looks very small.

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Mar 10

Posts: 1034

bmwgs says:


i have the normal size one you get from halfords.
it took to goes to get my plate as i had to go home and get my log book.

i remmber getting car ones done would out show any info that i owned the car.

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Oct 05

Posts: 323

BrandsR6 says:

7" x 5.5"

I think the legal size is 9" x 7" (?) and mine is 7" x 5.5" with standard size letters/numbers.  It's slightly smaller than standard, without being stupidly small. Have never had any issues from the police (yet).

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Aug 02

Posts: 2737

spondonste says:

Small plates

Small number plates are an instant message to the police nowadays to pull you. The legal size is 9" x 7" however you can get away with 7" x 5" as they don't look excessively small on the back of the bike. Most of my bikes have legal plates however I also have 7x5 back up plates for most.


I bought a GSXR1100L many years ago with a 4"x3" plate and proptly got pulled on the way home with it. Plod are now trying to say a small plate makes the vehicle unlawfull for use on the roads.

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Aug 09

Posts: 2714

MarcusMarsh says:


The number plates on both my bikes are legal.  However, I still had one fail an MOT!!  I had a new plate made for my FZS1000 with the GB sign on it.  Because the boarder contained a shadow effect - which the I never noticed and the issuing dealer considered legal, it failed an MOT.  The (very reputable) bike shop that made the place up stated that they would pass it (and they are an MOT station) as being legal but made me another one up free of charge to satisfy the MOT guy anyway. 

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Jul 08

Posts: 4405

ninjachica says:

9' x 3'

Nine feet by three feet??? 

That must be a nightmare in these winds. :lol:

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Apr 09

Posts: 1870

mostlyslowly says:


legal size.  Don't give them a easy reason to stop you, cos once they have you stopped they can look a lot closer

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Mar 03

Posts: 2925

obewan says:


NO they can't.

You simply say that under Section 67 of the road traffic act you want a deferred test - simples.

Look it up I am being lazy but the Road traffic Act specifically states that as a driver/rider you can stop the police from inspecting your vehicle at the side of the road unless 1. you have been in an accident or 2. the vehicle is so obvioulsy unfit to be on the road as to be dangerous.

Section 67 needs to be read in conjunction with Schedule 2. Oh and just to boot the scope of what can be inspected was amended in 1991, so ignore the limited scope in the 88 Act


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Oct 11

Posts: 157

Lil125Guy says:

I'm remembering

That one for future reference :smile

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:

If I recall correctly

there is no "minimum" size for the plate itself - it's only the characters and the spaces in between them that are subject to size.

I'll try and find the link later.

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Apr 11

Posts: 853

Richnotrich says:

AdieR is right

No minimum plate size, but characters spacing and margins determine the size of plate the reg no. will fit on.

Character height 64 mm

Character width (except the figure 1 or letter I) 44 mm

Character stroke 10 mm

Space between characters 10 mm

Space between groups 30 mm

Top, bottom and side margins (minimum) 11 mm

Space between vertical lines 13 mm

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