It's just California = not for any rational or logical reason.
I called Kuryakyn Tech Support on the off chance their LED lighting stuff was DOT approved (and thus would "pass" the inspection). The tech guy said, and I quote: "just unplug the stuff - no state can fail you just because our lights are there but unplugged." Little does he know what it's like in a totalitarian state. The inspection place specifically told me I have to UNINSTALL these lights - unplugging them but leaving them installed will still lead to a "fail".
Just hope, guys, 'california' does not spread to other states and vote wisely. Vote. And vote wisely.
How are they gonna know they're there unless he's looking for wires? I say go get some of that Duplicolor paint that you can spray on and peel off later to cover over them making them look like special "trim" pieces.
Regarding the Kurys, call the inspector and get the number of the state regulator. Call him and explain the situation. I suspect he will give you a pass. I can see no valid reason why street legal and working equipment should need to be removed. BTW, skip your morning coffee. A calm demeanor goes a long way.
Anyway - Inspection tomorrow ..... so, if I have not missed anything tomorrow afternoon I can start putting stuff back together.
Here is the worst part of living in a trashed society like here in California - that I hadn't really realized until reading your comment, Ch:
You grow "used to the bureaucracy" and after a while simply bow down and comply. I know as much as you how absurd the "rule" is ... but my reaction wasn't to argue but just do what they wanted. That is really sick. I remember back in the days of the USSR going there and seeing the empty souls who just lived without complaining at how terrible their lives were. Never imagined the same sort of thing - lack of human will - would happen here in the good old USA. Of course, it's far less severe ... but the same kind of thing.
Like I said.... VOTE, and vote wisely! You do NOT want where you live to get as messed up as this state is!
I also lived in California for more than 40 years, owned nearly 10 bikes while there, and NEVER had any typeof inspection. I'm curious as to why you have to have one done in San Diego. I also had lots of LED's installed on one bike that I took to the Palm Springs Bike Rally and didn't have any problems.