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VIN Numbers
« on: June 07, 2013, 09:51:33 am »
Hi folks, just joined after buying an A1 Concours, intend to restore the old girl back to new condition (or as close as!), just trying  to find some more info on the exact age of the bike, she has a Federal sticker that says 05 86, which I presume means it was manufactured in May 1986, the VIN number is JKAZGCA1OGB502527
Can anyone tell me the significance of the numbers, as the bike is an import to Ireland (where I live) from America, cheers in advance
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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 12:26:51 pm »

JKAZGCA1OGB502527

Looks like you have 'Made in Japan by Kawasaki  assembled in California
and the G is 1986

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http://www.motorcycleforums.net/forum/tips-training/5800-how-decode-vin-number.html
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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 12:57:16 pm »
JKAZGCA1OGB502527

J = Japan, this is more country of origin when talking cars.  More where company is for motorcycles.
K = Kawasaki
A = Motorcycle
Z = Inline 4cyl
G = Touring bike
C = Model identification, specifics to Concours vs Voyager I'm not sure
A = Model identification
1 = Model identification, specifics to Concours vs Voyager I'm not sure
0 = Check digit
G = 1986 MY
B = Plant of manufacture, if truly an American Concours, should be Nebraska
502527 = sequence number, usually every vehicle manufactured is numbered in sequence regardless of where they came from


As an example

JKAZL4B14TA011233 - 1996 ZL600B2 Eliminator, inline 4cyl power cruiser
JKAVN2B146A007054 - 2006 VN900B6F Vulcan, V-twin cruiser
JKAEXMJ12CDAA6498 - 2012 EX250JCF Ninja, parrellel 2cyl sport bike
JKBZGNA159A019891 - 2009 ZG1400A9F Concours ABS, inline 4cyl touring bike

I don't have the VIN's handy for the other three Kawasakis we have owned, but I'm sure they follow the pattern.

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1930 Indian 101 Scout (the first bike)(still in the garage)
1986 Yamaha Radian (the first modern bike)(Sold)
1996 Kawasaki Vulcan 500LTD (the wife's first bike)
1996 Kawasaki Eliminator (Wife's)
1999 Kawasaki Concours (The Warbird)
2006 Kawasaki Vuclan 900 (Wife's)
2009 Kawasaki Concours 14 (Totaled)
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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 10:54:25 pm »
Thanks very much guys for the swift answer. :great:
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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2013, 10:31:07 am »
Wonder who has the oldest living connie out there?

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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2013, 10:57:12 am »
Lets face the facts that all of the original 86 bikes are getting older and rarer. Although there are still a surprising amount of the Gen I C10's floating around yet. It's a testament to the durability (or just lack of use) of these old timers. My 86's last four are 1218. So I have kwaksam beat by a little bit. I guess 1309 units. Mine being more of a lack of use. It only having 14,121 original miles on it.



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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2013, 06:02:07 pm »
Have 1577 as the last numbers on my 86.  Had 21k on it when I picked it up three years ago.  Amazing how little some of these bikes got used in all that time.
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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2013, 03:14:22 pm »
Gents,
I have just bought myself a GTR over here in Norway, I have the numbers ZGT00A000336, and I just can't make this fit with any of the info I can find.
Can anyone tell me what I actually own? Am loving the bike, but suffering from a sore right wrist on the longer rides, other than that, it is a great rig.

Thanks for any help!
Best,
Buc bailey,
Norway

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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2013, 03:38:59 pm »
I have just bought myself a GTR over here in Norway, I have the numbers ZGT00A000336,

It appears you're missing the first three digits. As Euro bikes were made by Kawasaki in Japan, that should be JKA.  The A000336 indicates manufacturing plant (A=Japan). The '86 Japanese bikes s/n's started with 000001 and ended with 005500.

The ZGT00 is a little harder to figure out as again, it appears to be missing two digits and without those it is hard to decipher.

Maybe Boomer has more info.
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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2013, 05:29:42 pm »
Thanks for the reply. Those are definately the only number/letters stamped on the steering head. I have found a German site that refers to the GTR as ZGT00A. Did they make a German version locally?

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Re: VIN Numbers
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2013, 05:50:23 pm »
I have us # 399 i will post a pic of title tonight. I bought the frame and matching engine as a platform to rebuild my 18,000 mi. 86. Yes folks I am proud, if you have a U.S. Model older than 399 please do not tell me ;)
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