I know there has been a lot of talk about side mount plates and whether they can be vertical or horizontal. I just want to throw the following out for the fun of discussion!!! Currently in Maine the law requires that the plate be fixed horizontallyto the rear most portion of the rear fender. With that said, all brand new Harley Davidsons Nighsters and now V-rodswith the side mount plate would be illegal. So if you have been stopped or questioned during inspection for your side mount plate, remember all the lovely new Harleys out there that they are passing with flying colors. Maine is currently working on changing the law because of that! I will be going with the side mount plate if either my new 240 or 260 (depends on fundage!!!) won't clear my current mount.