The Vehicle Identification Number, commonly referred to as the VIN, is a sequence of 17 letters and numbers that is uniquely assigned for each bike. The VIN is stamped into the headstock (the very front of the frame, just under the handlebars). It can usually also be found on a VIN plate, connected to a more conspicuous area of the frame.
The VIN provides some information about the vehicle and is typically composed of four sections. The first three digits are called the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). This identifies where the vehicle was manufactured or assembled and the type of vehicle it is. Each factory has it’s own identifying code.
The next five digits (4 through 8) are the Vehicle Description Section (VDS). These digits provide information on the engine type, body style, and vehicle model type. The ninth digit is a check digit used internally. The 10th digit indicates the model year; letters (except “O” and “Z”) were used for vehicles up to the 2000 model year while numbers are used for 2001 and newer vehicles.
For example, “X” means the 1999 model year, “Y” is the 2000 model year and “1” represents the 2001 model year. The 11th digit is the plant code. Finally, digits 12 – 17 are the serial number, which is unique to each vehicle.
We use your VIN for Service Appointments, Recall Info, and Parts Requests.