The VIN is always on the motorcycle. Some models have little tags that can be found on different parts of the motorcycle. These include side panels underneath the seat, the fuel cap, around the clutch cover, where the fenders connect to the frame, and underneath the front end of the motorcycle. The VIN should be visible on all these areas as well as any stickers or decals that are under these areas.

It can be found out by looking at either your existing registration decal/sticker or any backplate decal for your vehicle under particular circumstances.

Do motorcycles have a VIN?  

Yes! Motorcycles have a vehicle identification number that is also called a VIN or Vehicle Identification Number. This is a 16 digit serialized label from the point of view of the manufacturer, and it assigns unique identification numbers to all vehicles produced by that manufacturer. The VIN serves as a unique identifier for each vehicle and each specific type of vehicle, but it also provides information about where the car was built and when so law enforcement may be able to track its history. It is useful in case of theft.

Where can I check a motorcycle VIN for free?  

As a new motorcycle owner, you need to know your VIN, the name of your motorcycle. Motorcycles are registered in a state or nation. You can find your VIN by going to the DMV and looking up registrations on their website. If you want to check for free, then head over to the official website for Motor Vehicle Records in that particular state or nation and search for what you’re looking for. Each state has its website, so be sure to check the website for that particular state.

Once you find your VIN you can copy and paste it into any online motorcycle database site to find more information on your bike. You can easily search by name, not just by VIN. The only thing you need is the name of your bike, it does not need to be exact. You can search by VIN too. You will then be provided with the same information that is listed on the vehicle registration database too.

What are the differences between a motorcycle registration and a car registration?

A car registration refers to all the operations that are done to register privately owned cars. It is different from motorcycles which are usually owned by entrepreneurs who will most likely be using them for business, so they need to have all their documentation in place so they will be able to legally use them. When the law requires motorcycle owners to register, it also gives them an identification card, called a driver’s license. This license is used for identification purposes as well as for any future business transactions.


  • Motorcycle and car registration and operations are similar and the only difference is the fact that a motorcycle is not considered a vehicle. It is normally used for casual transport, but it is also used in serious cases such as road construction. Therefore, motorcycle registration operations are conducted by county offices of motor vehicles.
  • For an individual to obtain a driver’s license he must meet certain requirements such as having a valid passport or driving license from his home country or country that he has been residing in for at least one year.


  • The major difference between motorcycle registration and car registration is the payment of the license fee. The fee paid for a car registration is higher than that of motorcycle registration.
  • Another difference between motorcycle registration and car registration is the way it is used. The driver’s license for cars must be carried at all times, while the driver’s license for motorcycles can be stored in a purse or wallet. It can also be stored in a garage or shed to avoid theft.

What does a motorcycle VIN tell you?  

This number tells you everything about the motorcycle. Not only does it tell you where it was made, but it also tells you how much weight it can carry, what kind of engine power capacity is allowed, how much fuel it can hold, and other important things that government agencies need to know about vehicles. This number is used by both the manufacturer and the government agency. It also is very helpful in recovering stolen bikes.

If you see a VIN, this will tell you all the information you need on the vehicle such as, who owns it and the manufacturer. All the information given about the vehicle is accurate however, this can be altered so, it can be hard to determine if there are alterations done to the machine. However, law enforcement is very good at this.

How can you tell if a motorcycle has been stolen?

Registration is something that must be done when buying a motorcycle, but this is only if the person owns the vehicle. If it is rented or rented by someone else then registration will not be done, and the owner may not be aware of this if he is not present during the transaction. When you rent a motorcycle, this means there is no VIN, and there isn’t an owner, so if someone rides it and commits a crime or crashes it, there won’t be any way to trace where they came from because of the lack of registration. It’s necessary to get this information established if you are renting or selling motorcycles.

Is the engine Number the same as the VIN motorcycle?  

No. The engine number is different than the VIN, so you will need to check the tag on your motorcycle to see which series it belongs to. If it doesn’t have one, then you should check the VIN listed on its title to find out what sequence number that belongs to.

It should give you a lead on finding out what series your motorcycle belongs to. If you have a unique engine number, it should also take you to the series page on the Suzuki website to see if its VIN has been released yet.

There are three main types of motorcycle titles; STRAIGHT, DEALER TRADE-IN, and REGISTERED TRADE-IN (also referred to as RTS). The tag should be right below your VIN on your motorcycle’s title.

Is it OK to give a VIN out?  

A VIN is one of the first forms of identification you’ll find on a car. Is it dangerous to give out my VIN?

The Vehicle Identification Number or ‘VIN#’ can be found on all vehicles manufactured after 1981. It’s 17 digits long and gives some information about your vehicle including, date, model year, engine type, manufacturer, etc. AS far as I know, there isn’t any law forbidding you from giving out your VIN# but if the person who asks for it is not trusted then I would say no to them.

Giving out your VIN is OK if you know and trust the people asking for it and if it’s for a good reason. An example of a good reason would be: If you want to sell or trade-in your vehicle and need information about its history etc. I think it’s OK to give out the VIN# because you can always get it changed/edited before trading in.

VINs are used in conjunction with the vehicle chassis number to uniquely identify motor vehicles. A motorcycle’s VIN can be found on a sticker in the driver’s side door jamb, on the rear window, in the glove box, and an accompanying booklet in the owner’s manual.

How do I check if a motorcycle is stolen by the VIN?

If the VIN is reported as being stolen, then there’s a higher chance that the motorcycle is stolen. You should contact your local police to confirm.

If you’re not sure if the motorcycle is stolen, you can call your local police department, and they can tell you if it has been reported as being stolen by the VIN. However, it’s best to contact your local law enforcement directly for confirmation or verification that your motorcycle isn’t listed on any of their online databases of stolen motorcycles.

The VIN isn’t as useful as the name or phone number (or email address) of the person who is selling the motorcycle. It is because it can’t be used to confirm if a motorcycle has been reported as being stolen. It’s always best to call and verify that the person you’re dealing with is who they say they are before forking over any cash.

Here’s how you can use a VIN # to check for a stolen motorcycle:

1. Go to your local police department and ask them for their Police Records Division (or something along those lines). Explain to them that you want to check if a motorcycle is listed on an online database of stolen motorcycles.

2. If the motorcycle is listed, then it’s “possible” that the motorcycle was reported as being stolen. You can then verify that information through your local police department or call your local law enforcement directly to confirm if the motorcycle is indeed stolen.

3. If it’s not listed, then you can assume that the motorcycle isn’t stolen since it wasn’t reported as being stolen by the VIN.

Where is the VIN on a Yamaha motorcycle?

The VIN is located on the motorcycle’s title on a Yamaha. You can typically find the VIN in one of two places:

On the left side of the steering lugs, which are small protrusions that are attached to the motor casing where you place your hands. The VIN is typically printed onto a metal plate that is attached to the motorcycle’s title but can also be found stamped onto a metal plate that will be mounted on top of the front suspension casing. It’ll either be in plain view, or you’ll have to remove some plastic or rubber that covers it up. The VIN can also be located in different spots depending on your model year.

If you can’t locate the VIN on the title, you may be able to find it by looking at the motorcycle’s rear wheel. However, the VIN may be found in different locations depending on the model year. The VIN can also be found in a booklet that’s included in your owner’s manual.