If your dirt bike was manufactured since 1981, it has a 17-character VIN that identifies it like DNA. No two vehicles anywhere in the world have the same VIN. In each position, the code uses numbers "0" through "9" and all the letters except "I," "O" and "Q" to avoid confusing them with "1" or "0." Standard codes apply for characters in the first three positions and positions nine and 10. Manufactures make up their own codes for the remaining characters.
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Check Your VIN Online
Several websites offer vehicle decoders to check your dirt bike VIN. Enter the VIN in the spaces provided at Decodethis, VINquery or Dmv and click on the "Enter" button. Decodethis gives detailed information about the dirt bike for free, VINquery offers detailed information for a small fee, and Dmv gives make, model and engine size, along with an offer to buy a vehicle history report.
Characters Common to All Vehicles
International codes make up the first three characters with the first identifying the country -- "1," "4" and "5" means the United States, "2" means Canada, "J" means Japan and so on. Characters two and three identify the make and model. Character nine decodes from a formula or algorithm that prevents anyone from making up a fake VIN, and character 10 identifies the year.
Manufacturers use characters in positions four through eight to identify specific features of the dirt bike. Law requires them to identify the type of motorcycle, the line, engine type and net brake horsepower, but they can identify other features at their discretion. Manufacturers use the last seven characters to identify the manufacturing plant and the serial number.
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