Chassis Number: How To Check Your Motorcycle’s VIN/Chassis Number?

Your bike’s VIN/Chassis number will be embossed to the frame/chassis of the vehicle and will also be available in the Registration Certificate. The Chassis number consists of the following parts:

  • World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)
  • Vehicle Description Section (VDS)
  • 9 other characters indicating the type of vehicle, its displacement, engine type, design sequence, vehicle version, accuracy check digit, year of manufacture, and plant code
  • Serial number of the vehicle

A detailed description of the constituents of the VIN/Chassis number can be found below.

A VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is an internationally accepted standard to identify all kinds of motor vehicles including commercial vehicles and private vehicles such as trucks, cars, buses, and motorcycles. A VIN constitutes a series of numbers and letters where each individual characteristic gives specific information about the vehicle.

A VIN is a unique identification code assigned to each vehicle. There could be several reasons why you might need to know your vehicle’s VIN number. The VIN number can tell the place where the vehicle is manufactured, year of manufacture, and other significant information about the vehicle. You may also need to know the VIN number if you wish to order certain vehicle parts and want to know the exact build and model of your vehicle. There are various third-party websites where you can decode your vehicle’s VIN number.

Constituents of A VIN/Chassis Number:

A Vehicle Identification Number consists of 17 characters. This arrangement of numbers was originated from the ISO Standard 3779 in 1977 and was later revised in 1983. It has the following three important sections:

World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI): The first three characters in a VIN number are the country of origin (some examples are 1 or 4 represents the country code for the USA, 2 represents Canada, 3 represents Japan, S represents England, and W represents Germany), maker of the vehicle (Examples: A represents Audi, B represents BMW, 1 represents Chevrolet, F represents Ford, G represents General Motors, H represents Honda, D represents Mercedes Benz, N represents Nissan, S represents Suzuki, and K represents Kawasaki), and type of vehicle (In case of a motorcycle, it should be ‘1’ or ‘A’).

Vehicle Description Section (VDS): The next six characters in a VIN number represent other important details and attributes of a vehicle.

Fourth character: The fourth character represents the category of the vehicle. Suzuki follows the following codes to mark vehicle category:

  • C for scooter
  • B for commuter or business model
  • N for single cylinder sport/street
  • G for multiple cylinder sport/street
  • S for off road, and more

Fifth character: The fifth character in the VIN number shows the engine displacement. Different manufacturers may have different codes to identify engine displacement of the vehicle. Below are the details pertaining to Suzuki:

  • A - 49 cc and less
  • B - 50 cc to 69 cc
  • C - 70 cc to 79 cc
  • D - 80 cc to 89 cc
  • E - 90 cc to 99 cc
  • F - 100 cc to 124 cc
  • G - 125 cc to 149 cc
  • H - 150 cc to 199 cc
  • J - 200 cc to 249 cc
  • K - 250 cc to 399 cc
  • M - 400 cc to 499 cc
  • N - 500 cc to 599 cc
  • P - 600 cc to 699 cc
  • R - 700 cc to 749 cc
  • S - 750 cc to 849 cc
  • T - 850 cc to 999 cc
  • U - 1000 cc to 1099 cc
  • V - 1100 cc to 1199 cc
  • W - 1200 cc to 1299 cc
  • Y - 1400 cc to 1499 cc
  • Z - 1500 cc and above

Sixth character: In the VIN number, the sixth character normally represents the engine type of the vehicle. Here are some Suzuki specific numeric codes denoting the engine type.

  • 1 - 2 stroke single engine
  • 2 - 2 stroke twin engine
  • 3 - 2 stroke triple or quadruple engine
  • 4 - 4 stroke single engine
  • 5 - 4 stroke twin engine, and so on

Seventh Character: The seventh character in the Vehicle Identification Number shows the design sequence for any vehicle. As followed by Suzuki, 1 is used for the first design version of the vehicle, 2 is used for the second version of the design, and tenth and above versions are represented with A, B, and so on.

Eight Character: As per the system followed by Suzuki, the eight character represents the version of the vehicle.

Ninth Character: The Ninth character is the VIN accuracy check digit. There is a certain procedure to calculate the same.

Tenth character: The tenth character is a digit that tells the year of vehicle manufacture.

Eleventh character: The eleventh character in a Vehicle Identification Number denotes the plant code where the vehicle is manufactured.

Serial Number of the Vehicle: The twelfth to the seventeenth characters in the Vehicle Identification Number is the serial number assigned to a vehicle.

Where Can You Find the Chassis Number of Your Vehicle?

You may find the VIN number on plates engrossed to the chassis or frame of the vehicle. It is generally stamped on the chassis or firewall or can be found on the vehicle compliance plate or bottom corner of the windscreen. In case you have any difficulties finding the VIN number, a vehicle mechanic may help you find the same. VIN/Chassis number is also mentioned in the receipt and the Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle.

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