Check your Honda vin before you buy it

In General Honda vin motorcycles can be identified from the following numbers : Location of Number check : Vehicle identification number – stamped on the vehicle on the type plate

Engine Number check  – on the engine housing

Hondas smaller than 50 cc can be identified from the following individual numbers:

Location of Number check : Vehicle identification number – Frame tube, steering head; the frame beneath the footrests Engine Number – on the engine housing


Honda vin (Vehicle Identification Number) :

Location of the Honda VIN

Honda vin check in general

Honda vin
On the right on the steering head

Scooters and Motocross

Honda vin
2020 honda cr v vin number Zoomer, NES 125,  CR 85, CBR 125RS
It is on the bottom left of the frame


Honda vin
Honda SH 125i
On the frame, at the rear, on the right


Honda vin
At the front on the frame support

 Honda 50 cc

Honda vin
On the steering head, either on the right or the left
Honda vin
On the frame, at the rear, on the right
Honda vin decoder
It is on the bottom left of the frame
Number check
Under the seat

Honda VIN decoder

The vin decoder is stamped on mechanically.

Up to and including 1994, all HONDA motorcycles had a stamped 11-character honda VIN decoder From 1995 two models initially changed over to using a 17-character Honda VIN decoder. From 1996 all HONDA motorcycles have used a 17-character VIN.

In the past, motorcycles which had not been imported by HONDA Deutschland frequently used a 17-character VIN.

Up to and including 1995, a 17-character was also used in Austria. In 1996 all models changed over to using a 17-character VIN.

On the left and right of the Honda VIN lookup there is an X in a rectangle.

11-character VIN – until 1996

Number decoder

17-character VIN

Number decoder

Factory Plate Honda:

 Location of the type plate Honda

On the side of the frame or on the steering head

 Composition of the type plate

A specific factory plate for each edition was also introduced along with the introduction of the 17-character chassis number. This new factory plate contains, on the official part with the black background, details of the manufacturer, the chassis number and the static noise corresponding to the engine revolutions. The lower part is for the moment not valid for Germany.

Despite the application of the European Community Dierctive it is still possible to re-tune the performance as before. It is only necessary to change the factory plate. The model VT 600 C is an exception, as both models have the same idle noise level, thus the manufacturer’s label may be maintained.

The spare part number can be found in the corresponding rebuild certification.

Before the old factory plate is exchanged for a new one, the chassis number (4 mm letters) and the static noise values for the corresponding number of engine revolutions (2mm letters) must be stamped on.

Suitable letters for stamping and the corresponding support for the stamping apparatus can be obtained from firms such as


Franz Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

Schäferstraße 12

D-63069 Offenbach am Main

Phone: +49-69-9842080

in Germany.

If the motorcycle is converted back to its old performance levels, then the old factory plate can be re-used and should therefore be returned to the customer along with the other exchanged components.


Engine Number:


 Location of the engine number

Different types of motorcycle and light motorcycle

The upper, lower or rear face of the engine


Appearance of the engine number

 Breakdown of the engine number 


PC45 E 50 00381
Type according to the type approval certification Engine = Motor 7th character Model year as in the VIN0 = 90/91 etc. Serial number


N.B.: The 6th character of the VIN (11-character VIN) and the 7th digit of the engine number can be identical.

Comparison of the Type / Sales Designation of all HONDA Motorcycles

50 cc 70 cc 80 cc
90 cc 100 cc 125 cc
150 cc 200 cc 230 cc
250 cc 300 cc 350 cc
360 cc 400 cc 450 cc
500 cc 550 cc 600 cc
650 cc 700 cc 750 cc
800 cc 900 cc 1000 cc
1100 cc 1200 cc 1300 cc
1500 cc 1800 cc Quads


Breakdown of the Sales Designations:

CBR 600 F
1 2 3 4
CB Road motorcycle with a 4T in-line engine
CBF Road m/c with in-line 4-cylinder engine
CBX  Successor generation to the CB models
CBR Successor generation to the CBX models
CL Scrambler (Predecessor of the Enduros)
CM Soft-Chopper
CX Road motorcycle with a V 2-4T engine, longitudinal drive shaft
GL Road motorcycle with increased driving comfort
ST  Road motorcycle with outstanding touring qualities
VT Road motorcycle with a V 2-4T engine, with a transverse drive shaft
NTV as above
VF Road motorcycle with V4 4T engine, chain-driven camshaft
VFR As above, spur wheel-driven camshaft
NS Two-stroke models for road use
SH Scooter
NPS Scooter
NES Scooter
FJS  Scooter
PES Scooter
XL Enduro with a 4T engine
NX as above
XLV Enduro with a V 2-4T engine, with a transverse drive shaft, cardan drive
XRV As above, secondary drive via chain
MTX Enduro with a 2T engine
FMX  Enduro
XR Cross country sport motorcycle with a 1-cylinder 4T engine
CR Cross country sport motorcycle with a 1-cylinder 2T engine
CRF Cross country sport motorcycle with a 1-cylinder 4T engine
TRX Quad


2 = Engine displacement in cc

A ABS or Automatic
F 4-cylinder engine or road sport
F1 Four-in-one
F2 Version with trim
K Previous series designation (K0, K1…)
C Custom. Chopper
Racing (corresponds to double R). previously
this was also a designation for other variants
E Euro (Design-Variante)
Twin or Turbo
RM Electrically starter
LM As above, but increased fuel tank capacity
V V-engine


3 = Year

A = 1980 B = 1981 C = 1982 D = 1983
E = 1984 F = 1985 G = 1986 H = 1987
J = 1988 K = 1989 L = 1990 M = 1991
N = 1992 P = 1993 R = 1994 S = 1995
T = 1996 V = 1997 W = 1998 X = 1999
Y = 2000 1 = 2001 2 = 2002 3 = 2003
4 = 2004 5 = 2005 6 = 2006 7 = 2007
8 = 2008 9 = 2009 A = 2010 B = 2011