Registered F'n User
Join Date: Jun 2009
Sportbike: 2012 ZX-14R, 2012 R1, 2008 Stratoliner
Years Riding: 26
How you found us: Saw the ad in 'D-Cups' magazine
I had a 2004 Big Dog and a 2005 American Ironhorse, and on both I put on folding side plate mounts. I rode for 3 years on those bikes, with the plates folded IN (closed) every ride. I never got stopped once. It looked good, and if I ever had to flip it out, I just leaned back and pulled it open. Like when going through I-pass (right...).
Everytime I see those rigid-mount side-plates on cruisers, I can't help but say "that looks like shit".
Go for a folding plate mount, you'll be glad you did.