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How to Check a Motorcycle VIN for Free
Use this free VIN decoder to look up information about any motorcycle.
Simply enter the bike’s VIN and the system will return the information it can find about the vehicle.
If you’re looking for something more in-depth, here’s another VIN decoder to check out.
We’ll provide you with unique details about the motorcycle, such as:
- Year, make, model.
- Style, upgrades, and features.
- Engine type and engine size.
- And more!
Decoding the VIN is useful in a variety of situations, such as:
- Selling your motorcycle.
- Buying a used motorcycle.
- Ordering a vehicle history report.
- Finding parts for your bike.
- Checking recalls.
- Recovering stolen motorcycles.
In some states, a motorcycle VIN Inspection is part of the title transfer and registration process. Learn all about VIN inspections here.
Where is the VIN Number on a Motorcycle?
You’ll typically find your motorcycle’s VIN in the following locations:
- On the VIN sticker on the neck of the frame.
- Stamped into the neck of the frame.
- Or near the front of the frame.
- Stamped onto the engine case – engine VINs are typically different than frame VINs. (The frame VINs are what is typically used for VIN checks and verification.)
- Under the seat.
You can also find your VIN on the title and registration paperwork.
Motorcycle Frame VIN vs Engine VIN
On most bikes you’ll notice that the frame VIN and engine number are typically different.
For the purposed of your title and VIN inspection, the VIN that is stamped to the frame will be the primary VIN.
Many states do not include the engine VIN on the title at all.
Learn more about motorcycle engine numbers.
How to Check if a Motorcycle is Stolen
Buying a stolen motorcycle is not a situation you want to find yourself in.
Luckily, the motorcycle VIN can be used to check if a bike is stolen.
The DMV and highway patrol can check a motorcycle’s VIN to see if the bike has been reported stolen.
You can also check a VIN yourself using the NICB VIN Check.
However, you don’t always need to run a VIN to spot a stolen bike for sale. Here are some instances where you may encounter a stolen motorcycle:
- The VIN on the frame has been obviously tampered with.
- The seller is acting shady or trying to complete the deal quickly.
- The seller won’t be able to provide good information about the bike’s history.
- The deal is too good to be true.