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post #1 of 6 Old 06-08-2007, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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My vin # and spec tag is missing off the right side of the frame...

When I bought the bike, I noticed 2 little holes on the frame, on the right side. I asked the guy about it and he told me it was a information/vin # stamp. The best he could figure out the 1st owner removed it for some reason. It appears you cannot get a new one of these tags.

I checked and the vin stamped into the steering colum matches my title.

So my reason for posting is to find out if this is a problem, and if anyone else's is missing.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-08-2007, 09:11 PM
 
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Its not a problem. As long as the VIN stamped in the steering head matches the title (as you mentioned) you're fine.

The bike comes with a sticker on right side of the frame that carries the VIN and some other info (GVWR, recommended tire pressures, etc.). Many people remove it along with the warning stickers from the factory. Very few motorcyles have decals with the VIN but all have it stamped in the steering head. The steering head stamp is the one that matters.

I think Suzuki only puts the sticker on the frame because the steering head stamp is especially hard to read on the DL compared to other bikes.
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Thanks, that is what I thought. But is is just good to hear someone else verify it.
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So my reason for posting is to find out if this is a problem, and if anyone else's is missing.

Thanks.
You really should check your state laws.
Here in Australia your bike would be unsaleable. (that's a full stop)
No VIN plate no legal sale it's as simple as that. Usually a VIN plate is removed when a vehicle is wrecked so the absence of a plate would indicate that either the plate has been stolen (a problem) or the bike was wrecked then rebuilt and illegally reregistered.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-08-2007, 11:36 PM
 
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Some where on your bike is even another location for your vin.
It is hidden & only lawenforce officers working in auto recovery can locate it.
Factories have been doing this for years now to help fight theft of all registered motor vehicals. Trouble is now they are worth more as parts.
Good luck.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-08-2007, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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The vin # is stamped on the frame at the steering colum. It is this way with all bikes as far as I know. There is no way to rig that one, and it matches the title, and the title is no salvage. It was bought at a local dealer, and there used to be a lean on the bike from the second owner that he had paid off. I have seen the documents to this.

Being that said. I think that the 1st owner did not want it there for some reason.

As a side note, the 2000 ZR7 I had, had a sticker, and that was it. It came partially off because gas got on it.
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