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Classic Motorcycle Numbers

Motorcycle Serial Numbers & VIN Numbers

Motorcycle Serial Number Locations
These vary considerably from marque to marque

Engine Numbers
Check these locations:
Below the barrel stamped into the crankcase. On the front of the engine stamped either side of the crankcase join. Below the clutch / transmission area. Rear of cases below carburettor area.

Frame Numbers.
By far the most common location is on the steering head. It may also be found on one of the rear downtubes or on the front downtubes.
Other locations include: top tube below fuel tank; lower frame rails; swing-arm pivot area.
Motobecane Mobylette 1968: Forward of the rear wheel axle on left side.
Matchless

    pre-1958: Directly below saddle on upper frame rail joint.
    1958-59: rear of front downtube.
    1960-67: right downtube below headstock.

James
    Rigid frames: usually stamped on the lug beneath the saddle on LHS
    Plunger frames: saddle lug (same as rigid), or on the steering head, LHS
    Swing arm frames: stamped into steering head and/or into a steel ID plate pop-rivetted onto the steering head.



Aermacchi VIN numbers

AJS and Matchless


  • AJS/Matchless from c1935
    AMC engine numbers usually start with the year of production, followed by model designation, and completed with the production number of the motorcycle.
    (Source - Wikipedia)

    Jampot has sections on serial numbers.
    The AJS Matchless Club UK

Ariel Serial Numbers
redhunter.com/ariel/aomcc_prefix.htm

BMW Engine & Frame Numbers
Post-1969 BMW 650 numbers
BMW Motorcycle Serial Numbers 1923 to 1969 at benchmarkworks
BMW motorcycle model, year and VIN errors

BSA Serial Numbers

DKW

Dot
Dot frame numbers at DMC UK

Francis-Barnett
Frame & Engine Numbers

Lambretta
http://www.scooterhelp.com/serial/serial.numbers.html

Maico
Maico Numbers at Maico Madness
Maico Code Definitions

Montesa
Montesa Numbers

Moto Guzzi
Frame Numbers at mgcn.nl
V-twin frame numbers at Ozebook

Norton
Norton Numbering System
Norton Serial Numbers at Bikelinks
http://www.sunnymeadcycles.com/files/Norton_ID.pdf
http://www.bmh.com.au/norton/
Norton Engine Numbers 1945-1975

NSU
NSU Max - (1)

Parilla
nornet.on.ca parilla
nornet.on.ca parilla 3

Penton
Penton Identification - KTM, Sachs & Puch engine information
pentonmotorcycles.com/

Peugeot
petochonsdulion.net/Afficher_Noserie.html
Also Automoto, Griffon and Meteore

Puch (See also Sears Allstate)
Puch moped chassis numbers Includes links to pages covering MS, MV, VS, VZ, SR, SRA and RL

Sachs
See also under Penton
Sachs 98ccm Modell 1932

Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield Serial Numbers at Bikelinks

Terrot Serial Numbers

terrot.france.free.fr

Triumph

Velocettte
Velocette LE Engine & Frame Numbers

Velosolex
Velosolex engine serial numbers

Vespa Identification

Villiers

Zundapp

Registration Numbers

France

Les numéros d'immatriculation de la belle époque (1901-1928)

"September 16, 1901 begins the first French registration system. The management of this system is carried out by the Mines Department, upon receipt of the vehicle. This service is divided into fifteen administrative regions (maps) called mineral districts, the one of Marseille including in the first years the 3 regions of North Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) as well as Monaco.

immat1901.free.fr

Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass
Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass
Tanks, seats, guards and fairings for classic bikes, cafe racers and post-classic motorcycles.