I don't like the taillight and plate holder on my bike. This is the way it came when I got it:
First: I'm not a fan of the Iron Cross.
Second: Is the light to low to be safe? Can other drivers see it ok?
Third: It's been extended with a very ghetto looking steel bar so as to move out from under the saddlebags. I didn't do it. It looks terrible imo. The existing plate holder is actually broken where the bolt would go through. It's a very ghetto setup on close examination.
Fourth: The graphic on the rear fender is tacky as all get out. Like I said, I got it this way.
So, given the above, I want to re-do the tail light and plate mounting. I don't need to redo the signals. They are mounted to the sides of the read fender and I"m ok with them.
In your opinion would you;
a) Get a new swing arm light/plate holder? The longest arm'd ones I've seen are 5.5". This woudl be the easiest solution. And the cheapest. My concern here is the visibility of the brake light when the bags are on.
b) Delete the ugly fender graphic (Some sanding and painting/blending) and then re-mount an integrated LED brake/plate on the rear fender.
c) delete the ugly fender graphic and replace with OEM tail light. Mount the plate either on the arm or figure out how to mount it with the OEM tail light. Possible replacing the OEM housing with LED's.
d) Get a new swing arm light/plate holder and still remove the graphic from the rear fender.
Option b and c seems nutty since I'll be undoing all the work that some dude spent filling the OEM mount holes and painting a custom graphic on it. Imo, the graphic is cheese balls so I'm not too concerned about removing that, but it does feel counter intuitive to re-drill holes (to mount a light/plate combo) that someone took the time to get rid of.