A Yamaha vehicle identification number decoder uses a unique string of characters to describe the manufacturing date, process and location of a specific vehicle. The VIN is a standardized 17-digit identifier stamped onto an engine or frame part.
The first two digits of the VIN identify which continent and country the vehicle was manufactured in. The vehicle type is encoded in the third digit. The fourth through eighth characters describe the make, model, engine type and body type. A VIN verification digit in the ninth location checks that the entire string is legitimate. The tenth digit is the year of manufacture, while the eleventh through seventeenth digits pertain specifically to the vehicle, enumerating the assembly facility, production number and any included optional components.