Recently, I was about buying nice Honda Shadow but the seller didn't know the model year of his bike. I saw many 17-digit vin numbers and I can decode it, but 11-digit vin is difficult and I don't know how to get model year from it.

I know `N=400, C=Street, 34=Internal production..' But Where is model year? How to find the model year ? I searched over 2 days, I found some links, but didn't helped me. Thanks

VIN = NC34-1002157

  • Everything I find online says that motorcycles should have 17-digit VINs just like cars. Could it be that you've found some other part id code or serial number, and the VIN is somewhere else on the bike? – Nate Eldredge Aug 19 '15 at 2:23
  • Some internet comments suggest the VIN is on the neck, and you may have to turn the handlebars or remove a plastic neck cover to see it. – Nate Eldredge Aug 19 '15 at 2:25
  • @NateEldredge: Yes, I also heard that it's only 17-digit, but after researching I found that from 80's till end of 90's I thing till 95 or 97 Honda was 11-digit, But after that changed to 17-digit. – Azad Aug 19 '15 at 8:55
  • Even in the 80's Honda motorcycles had a 17 digit VIN. VIN is on the steering head of the frame. The tenth character represents the year the motorcycle was made and is typically represented by a letter. – DucatiKiller Aug 25 '15 at 1:22

Here is a VIN number untangler from the Honda website.


Since your the one with the VIN and haven't posted it you will have to untangle it yourself.

Best of luck

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  • I wouldn't recommend anyone share their VIN online – Zaid Dec 16 '15 at 21:28
  • @zaid It's not the full VIN. Just the beginning portion where other global information is formatted into it. – DucatiKiller Dec 16 '15 at 21:31

I realise this is perhaps 3 years late for the OP but as another user has had the same query I may as well post for their benefit it's a 1997 - the 11 digit code is the "frame number" and NC34-100XXXX format ones are for a 1997 Shadow NV400

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