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What is a Honda Motorcycle VIN decoder?

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A Honda Motorcycle VIN decoder is a type of software used to allow a user to see the information contained in a motorcycle's VIN, or vehicle identification number. This 17-character number is unique for each motorcycle.

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Each of the letters and numbers in a VIN represents information about the motorcycle to which it refers. The first character represents the country of manufacture and the second stands for the name of the manufacturer. In the case of Honda, the second character is the letter H.

The third character represents the vehicle type. Motorcycles are vehicle type 2, so most Honda motorcycles have the number 2 as the third character in the VIN.

The fourth through eighth characters in the VIN make up the Vehicle Descriptor Section, used by individual manufacturers to identify the engine type or model of the motorcycle. A VIN's ninth character is a check digit, used to confirm that the manufacturer authorized the VIN.

The tenth character represents the year of manufacture and the eleventh represents the plant of manufacture. The final six characters are the serial number of the motorcycle.

The exact location of the VIN plate varies by make of motorcycle, but usually appears on the steering neck or on the motor.

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