Think about this... when your following someone at night with your lights on them the plate is reflective which means you cant tell wether theres a plate light or not, I have a guy that inspects my bike with offroad tires, and doesnt even ride the bike. But I know my bike and have a automotive inspections license and I know its safe to be on the road, remember its my ass when the something goes wrong on the road
I never mentioned anything about it being unsafe ..so whats with all the I know my bike stuff?? .. My point is ..at least around here.. The local cops will hassle you for stupid crap exactly like this and have done so for this exact reason on my harley.. Your lucky to live where they don't..