Ever since I got my 900 Custom, I've wondered how in the world I could clean up the back end a bit, as the tag hanging so far down reminded me of the old dirt bike I first got started on... now of course, there are plenty of different brackets and such you can add for side mounts and such, or new fenders you can buy with indented tag holders, but for now, being budget limited, I did the following by spending roughly 7 bucks (for the license plate frame and 2 skull plate bolts) and roughly 15-20 minutes of labor (it could go quicker, but I'm not much of one to be in a hurry)
1st, a before shot of the rear end with just the chrome plate frame and 2 skull bolts. It looks better than just the stock bolts with a tag, but still hangs way down there...
If you take off the red reflector and the license bracket, you'll notice that just to each side of the mounting bolt hole for the reflector, there are two smaller holes that line up exactly with the hole spacing for the tag bracket. Using these smaller holes as a guide, I simply drilled them out a bit more with a 1/4" drill bit. Go slow, with very little pressure, as it would be a bad thing to go ramming through there and drilling into the tire!
After that, it's a simple thing to move the current tag bracket up to your newly widened holes, bolting it on roughly 3-4" higher. The tag is still well lit by your existing tag light, so you don't have to worry about any re-wiring, etc., and the rear end of your bike has a bit cleaner look! Being the particular sort that I am, I sanded the back of the plastic bracket attached to the bike, as there is a bit of a rounded lip where the reflector was mounted, and I wanted my tag bracket bolts and washers to be flush, but I'm pretty sure you could do this without sanding... Also, I'm wondering if flipping the tag bracket would make a difference or not, but here's a pic of the completed process without flipping the tag bracket. What do ya think?
Now, I'm considering getting some reflector bolts for the bottom two tag and frame bolt slots, but I'm still weighing out that option as well.
Yes, you can just remove the tag light and move the tag all the way up, utilizing a light-up LED tag frame, but my mod only cost 7 bucks with no re-wiring, as opposed to 30+ bucks with a bit of electrical work!
Hope this helps you budget minded modders a bit!