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I noticed that in general VIN# have a different format between US and EU models, does this also applies for MV ?

Reason why I ask is, a friend is interested in this bike

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/mcy/4493174788.html

and we need to make sure there will be no issues for immatriculation in EU.
 

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There are some differences in VIN formula for certain countries. Not really certain what they are, but suspect the VIN should not create any problems for importation, as long as you have proper documentation such as titles and registrations. Emissions certification could be an issue, although California is about as strict as it gets.

Good luck, beautiful bike.
 

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Info off Ebay help desk..

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This might be of some help to idenify the year and is a good rule of thumb.

The 10th digit in a 17 digit V.I.N. or frame number represents the year of your motorcycle, or car.

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


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I think the biggest difference between the US and Euro vin is the year. In the EU the vin year matches the date of manufacture, in the US it dosen't matter. As an example, the F4 312 was a 2008 model in the USA with an 8 in the vin, in Europe it had a 7.
 

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There are other differences. I have seen this when looking at the VIN of bikes going to Belgium or Japan for example. They do not seem to conform to the SAE standards used in the USA.

The Wikipedia link I posted noted several different standards used in various countries.


And the USA used to get bikes a year after Europe, so the 2008 that came to the USA was actually a 2007 in Europe....but the VIN stamped in the frame by the factory must match the destination country specification.....so, yes, a 312R in Europe does have a 7 and the same bike in the USA does have an 8....because that is the correct model year in each region/country.
 

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All the informations given are correct in regards of EU bikes, I could check against few bikes over here, I assume the infos regarding US bikes is correct as well. Thanks guys!
 
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