North American versions of the 1200 require a set of side reflectors on the mudflap. To meet the requirements, the designers threw together a bit of kludge.... The license plate is bolted to an angled "riser" bracket that holds the reflectors. It sticks out an extra couple of centimetres, rendering the original license plate light useless... so they stuffed in a 6cm or so plastic extension to hold the license plate light out further. I never liked it. It looks goofy and it wobbled and bounced around due to its hasty design. Not a really big deal, but easy to fix.
I took it all apart the other day and put it back together minus the extra junk. It looks just like the Euro version now... much cleaner.
I didn't bother with a "before" shot... the main pic on my title screen shows the original configuration.