How Do I Know the Year of a Honda Z50?

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The Z50 mini bike, produced from 1968 through 1999, is one of Honda's most beloved motorcycles of all time. Many older Z50s are being restored by adults to reconnect with the joy they had in their youth, making these little motorcycles just as popular today. However, determining the year that a Z50 was made can be difficult since their VINs (Vehicle Identification Numbers) can be hard to decipher. This is especially true for Z50s made before the institution of a standardised VIN system. But, with a little bit of research, figuring out your Z50's year of production is a snap.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Locate the motorcycle's VIN plate on the frame's steering neck, the tube that the front fork and handlebars pivot on. Record the VIN code on a piece of paper. The VIN may appear as a string of 17 digits, representing a Z50 made after 1981. A shorter VIN indicates a Z50 made prior to 1981.

  2. 2

    Count to the 10th digit in a 17-digit VIN. This digit represents the Z50's year of production, starting in 1981 with a "B" designation. The lettering goes up from B (1981) to Y (2000).

  3. 3

    Cross-reference the VIN from a 1980 or earlier Z50 against an online chart, available on, to determine its year of production. A 10-digit VIN denotes a Z50 produced between 1968 and 1971. VIN number Z50A-100000, for example, denotes a 1968 model Z50. Alternatively, an 11-digit VIN represents a Z50 built between 1972 and 1980 while VIN number Z50A-6300006 denotes a 1978 model Z50.

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