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Hi all, I am looking for the rear fender reflector. While it doesn't show on the schematics for NOS parts sellers, I have a hole in the fender for one. I prefer the original that I believe has a shaped/slanted back for correct fit.
Does anyone have one for sale, or know where I can get one.
Thanks, Darren in Portland
 

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Looking for a rear fender reflector
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Looking for a rear fender reflector
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Just the reflector or the mounting?
if not forthcoming I managed to cut one (the lens) for another bike using a glass cutter and a reflector bought at a auto store ($2?)......
 

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I easily found an orange round reflector with a chrome surround on Ebay for a low price, but was hoping for an original in good condition.
I'm am restoring to as close to stock as possible for a 43 year old motorcycle.
 

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Hi all, I am looking for the rear fender reflector. While it doesn't show on the schematics for NOS parts sellers, I have a hole in the fender for one. I prefer the original that I believe has a shaped/slanted back for correct fit.
Does anyone have one for sale, or know where I can get one.
Thanks, Darren in Portland
BTW...are you sure the hole is for a reflector?....many of these bikes just had a rubber plug in them on the rear guard if its the one I'm thinking of......


for USA its item 12
 

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Thanks for the reply bahn88
 

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there is a reflector on the "mudflap"...maybe thats what you're referring to...I see it in the 1981 listing parts booklet now....:rolleyes:....good luck with the find

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The 'mudflap' you refer to is the plate that, in some markets (mostly UK and Europe models), the numberplate (and reflector) attaches to. The reflector and its back are flat.
 

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Can you show an example? My '78 has no reflector on the rear fender, other than what's incorporated into the taillight. Certainly not a round yellow one.
Do you mean the turn signal diffuser?
 

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There might have been a rear facing reflector on the CX in some markets, but your US spec Standard wouldn't have had one.
 

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There might have been a rear facing reflector on the CX in some markets, but your US spec Standard wouldn't have had one.
Not might - as I said, they were fitted to UK and Europe models, and all rear reflectors are red.
Many earlier bikes didn't have separate, additional reflectors, just as in the US, but they seem to have been required on new bikes here since the late 1970s.
 

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There is a rectangular reflector built in to the taillight. I want to fill the hole in the painted plastic fender. I bought a round 1 7/8" red with silver surround reflector on EBay from seller 2fastmoto for $7.91 shipped. Also bought the previously noted rubber plug for $3.00.
I'll likely drill a hole in the plug and mount the reflector through it.
It won't be'concourse' correct, but should look like it belongs there. Only the experts on this site will know it's wrong.
 

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Note that amber reflectors are NOT permitted on the rear of any vehicle in the US and Canada (probably most of the rest of the world too) because it can confuse other drivers by looking like a turn signal).
 

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I've got a red one on the way.
A plug in a hole reminds me of a new car with dummy buttons on the dashboard, it means you didn't get some options.
 

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Looks like it belongs there.

I wish Ontario would replace the plates at regular intervals. The one on Eccles has seen a lot of winters and is in pretty sorry shape but there's no way I'm going to pay $60 for a replacememt because they used a laminated coating instead of painting it.
 
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