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Hey guys

Any of you tried to remove these fugly reflectors on the front suspension?

And do any of you know how they did attached it ?

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It looks like adhesive tape backing. Heat them up (leave the bike in the sun, or use a hair dryer), then pull while turning them. My brother's came right off at the dealers.
 

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Should be easy to remove with careful pulling. If not easy to remove, there is always the tried and true dental floss method. Riders have been using the floss method for a long time.
 

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Unsure of your law enforcement and law around reflectors but where I am, if I am stopped and the vehicle is not roadworthy then it gets impounded. So I have a problem with the number plate size in south africa, has to be minimum 250mm*160mm with 70mm letters. Crikey that's bigger than the slate with the ten commandments on it but the risk is too high to not have a roadworthy law abiding plate on. So these beautiful little tail tidy's are only a dream. Oh and my reflectors will stay too. Red at rear and orange on the sides.
 

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I don't like them but the risk of damaging the gold coating on the Ohlins is putting me off doing it. They are legally required in the EU.
 

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I never knew that. I thought that side reflectors was a US market thing. The BMW dealers in France have no side reflectors on their bikes. Must be something new.
 

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I thought it came in with Euro 4
I thought that Euro4 was about emissions. You have got me going now, I shall have to see if I can find out.
When the wife and I get our supersports our reflectors will be removed because we have no MOTs or suchlike on motorcycles over here.
 

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Euro 4 requires the use of side reflectors (on the fork or behind, no point is specified).

This is what i read on italian magazines
 

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Just pulled them off by hand. They come off easy. Backing is a rubberized sticky stuff. No residue left over.
That will probably be the glue neoprene glue. While new it will be easy to remove that residue, but after a while it will be difficult to remove. As neoprene is acetone based, a quick wipe with a cloth and acetone will remove even old residue. If you cannot find acetone, then use the wife's nail varnish remover as it is acetone.
 

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Well I was cleaning it again today and noticed both reflectors were loose. They would have both fallen off if I hadn't removed them, literally just hanging off.
 

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Well I was cleaning it again today and noticed both reflectors were loose. They would have both fallen off if I hadn't removed them, literally just hanging off.
I searched all over the net about my local law regarding the side reflectors. I even went as far as making a visit to the traffic department, even the traffic cops didn't know if they were required on the sides anymore. The old law was white on front, amber on sides and red on rear. The rear remains but I pulled the sides off now.
 

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I wonder if Volvo ever came through with that clear spray that reflected light at night? Barring that, maybe you could get some gold tape reflectors that would blend in with the forks but be reflective at night? Another though is reflective rim tape...it would be behind the forks 50% of the time! :grin2:
 

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I pulled mi e off with absolutely no residue - they had been barely pushed on to the ridged fork surface. My impression was that Ducati only applied them for compliance and intended for them to be pulled off, much like the cosmetic spot weld used on the db killers in European-made silencers
 
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