How to Decode an Old Kawasaki Motorcycle VIN or Frame Number

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How to Decode an Old Kawasaki Motorcycle VIN or Frame Number
VINs follow a standardised system used by all manufacturers. (motorcycle image by Bionic Media from

A motorcycle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is typically found on the steering head and somewhere on the engine's crankcase and consists of a series of seemingly random letters and numbers. VINs follow a standardised system used by all manufacturers and can reveal a wealth of information about a motorcycle. This information includes a description of its make, model, engine displacement and date of construction. Knowing how to read a VIN allows a rider to more easily attain repairs and buy parts and accessories. A number of official and non-official sources provide help in decoding them.

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    Place your motorcycle on its centre stand or place it in a wheel stand so that it stands straight. Locate the motorcycle's Safety Certification Label, which is a large sticker located on the side of the steering head.

  2. 2

    The VIN will be displayed on the SCL, typically along the bottom, and will consist of seventeen letters and numbers. Copy down the motorcycle's VIN, making sure that all 17 characters are recorded.

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    Using the VIN as you have copied it, consult the VIN decoder at either Kawasaki's website or the decoder found at Enter your VIN into the decoder, and it will translate all information found within the motorcycle's VIN.

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  • If you do not have access to the internet, you can take your VIN to the nearest Kawasaki dealer. The parts department can help you identify the VIN using its database.

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