Yeah, forgot to update this. As you guys have mentioned, engine # has no connection w/VIN except maybe in some ancient Suzuki paper archive that we'll never have access to. :-) Only thing the number tells is that it's a 4-stroke V motor, and the motor serial number. So, I'm done looking. :-)
Unfortunately for me, I registered my bike as non-op, so after a call to the DMV I discovered that I'll be re-registering it once I'm ready...and they *will* check the motor number. If it's different, I have to trailer it to CHP and get it certified, then trailer it to DMV with that documentation, and finally they may register it.
That's only if I swap the cases, of course.
2004 V-Strom 1000 (currently broken - parts received - repairs in progress - snag hit - repairs on pause - unsnagged - repairs in progress)
Two Brothers with P1 tips, PCIII USB, SuperBrace Fork Brace, K&N filters, ROX bar risers, Kappa top and side cases, MadStad, Givi tall windshield, Givi engine guards, Sargent Seat, 12 volt air compressor, 530 Conversion, 17/44, SpeedoDRD, Rudolph Nose and Antlers