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    Phil B bullfrog_28560's Avatar
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    euro vin # identification

    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has a break down of euro vin #s and what the digits mean. Is it possible to tell what the color is supposed to be? I am thinking my bike was not black or the tank is different.
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    You can check Wikipedia to get an idea of what information there is in VIN numbers
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle...ication_Number
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    What year is your bike? If before much before 1981 or 1982, you'll only have the 7 digits to work with...won't tell you jack. Snowbum talks about the 17-digit VIN here, but it doesn't really provide all that much info.

    http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/IDnumbrs.htm

    Possibly, if you email the BMW Classic organization with your VIN, they could look in the records to see what it says. But that's a stretch most times.
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    Lightbulb bmbikes.co.uk

    Check this web site.... I found out the origin of my bike, since it was build for the English market.... when I couldn't find any info here (because my vin is too short) I could find out why.... besides that...this is a good website...

    http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/chassispage...hassis1000.htm
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    here's a vin decoder that will tell you whether or not your bike is a US or Euro model. Unfortunately it only goes as far as telling what the market was, production date, model, and stuff you probably already know

    http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

    A BMW birth certificate will tell you more, but that's expensive and is intended to act almost as a title for the bike
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    The 7-digit (which is what all that the decoders accept) and even the 17-digit really don't tell much. Not like the VINs for the '70s cars which provide information on plant it was made at, color code for interior/exterior, engine size, accessories, etc.
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    I am definitely sure that it is a EURO model as I purchased it from a German citizen and I do have the German title, it doesn't say too much. My VIN is 7 digits, USAA insurance thought I was giving them a B.S. Vin number when I went to insure it. I can turn the headlights off with a switch, and the speedo is in kilometers only...fun stuff. thanks for the great information, all of you when I get some extra time I will check out the sites that were mentioned.
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    a 1985 R80 not a 1986 as I was told....agree??

    Thanks for all the information, the funny thing is the serial # says it is older than the original European title, title says the first day of registration is 29 April 1986, and the dealer took delivery from the factory 5 Feb 1985. the title says 22 Oct 1984 for manufacture date and the data sheet below says 5 Dec 1984. I think it is safe to call it a 1985 not a 1986 because here the year was based off of 1st day of registration not the actual manufacture date.

    Model description R 80
    Market Europa
    Type 0453
    E-Code 247 (85)
    Chassis
    Steering
    Doors 0
    Engine 2-ZYL - 0,80l (37kW)
    Drive
    Transmission manuell
    Body color SCHWARZ ZIERL MRT (519)
    Upholstery ( *)
    Production date 05.12.1984
    Code Sonderausstattung Optional Equipment
    X671A Schutzb?gel vorne Chrom
    X681A Kofferhalter links/rechts
    Phil Bouffard
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