How to Find the VIN on a Yamaha Motorcycle

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How to Find the VIN on a Yamaha Motorcycle
Yamaha makes many different motorcycles, but the VIN is usually in the same place. (motorcycle image by Goran Bogicevic from

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a Yamaha motorcycle is a 13-character code that identifies the individual vehicle. Information in the VIN can include the make and model, body type, engine type, model year, where a vehicle was assembled and its production number. VINs have been standardised in format across all vehicle types since 1981. The VIN on a majority of Yamaha motorcycles is located on the fork shaft. The VIN is stamped into the metal of the shaft, although older models may feature a plate grafted onto the metal and the number stamped in relief on the plate.

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  1. 1

    To locate the VIN, look along the right hand side of the fork shaft just below the steering head.

  2. 2

    If you cannot locate the VIN on the bike itself, check your title. Even if you can find the VIN on the bike, it's a good idea to check the VIN number on the bike against the number listed on the title to make sure the documentation is accurate.

  3. 3

    Enter the VIN into an online VIN decoder or vehicle history website. Yamaha motorcycle VINs can be decoded without charge over the Internet, and you can learn some interesting bits of information about your bike. For a fee, you can enter the VIN into a vehicle history website. This will tell you where the vehicle has been registered, whether or not the engine has been replaced, if there are any accident reports and more.

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