Author Topic: How To Read A Harley Davidson VIN number, Manufacturer Identification Number  (Read 1131 times)

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1930 To 1961:

The vehicle identification number, manufacturer identification number, or VIN for short, on 1930 to 1961 Harley Davidson motorcycles is located on the engine's left case. The VIN consists of 8 to 10 alphanumeric characters with the first two numbers being the year, the next 2 to 4 letters being the model abbreviation, and the last 4 numbers being the production number. An example might be:

Year   Model   Production Number
52    FL    0954

1962 To 1969:

Harley Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 1962 to 1969 have a VIN that followed a similar format as motorcycles manufactured from 1930 to 1961, the only difference being the production number. If a model has a 4 digit production number, than the first digit is even for even years, and odd for odd years. If a model has a 5 digit production number than the first 2 digits are even for even years, and odd for odd years.

1970 To 1980:

Harley Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 1970 to 1980 have a VIN with 9 alphanumeric characters located on the frame and engine, and they are matching strings or numbers. The only exception are on motorcycles manufactured from January, 1, 1979 to February 7, 1979, where the VIN on the frame and engine do not match. The affected models during this time period have a engine number with 10 characters instead of 9. For legal reasons, it doesn't matter what string is stamped on the engine and the law will only recognize the VIN stamped on the frame. The 9 character VIN has the following format: the first 2 characters are the model code, next 5 numbers are the production number, which always starts above 10,000, and the last 2 characters are the year code. See charts below:

Example, This is Elvis Presley's 1975 Harley Davidson FLH VIN (2A 108 68H5):



Model Code   Production Number   Year Code
2A    10,868    H5


Year Codes:
H0 = 1970  H1 = 1971  H2 = 1972
H3 = 1973  H4 = 1974  H5 = 1975
H6 = 1976  H7 = 1977  H8 = 1978
H9 = 1979  J0 = 1980


Model Codes:
1A = FL, FLP 1200  2A = FLH 1200  3A = XL, XLH 1000
4A = XLCH 1000  5A = GE 750  6A = SS 350 Sprint
7A = SX 125  8A = M65-S  7B = ERS
8B = MSR 100  2C = FX 1200  3C = SX 350 Sprint
5C = MC 65  6C = SR 100  1D = LE Sidecar
2D = X90  4D = XLA  5D = SX 175
6D = SX 250  7D = MX 250  9D = FXE 1200
4E = XLS 1000  5E = FXEF 1200  6E = FXEF 80
7E = FLHS 1200  9E = SS 250  2F = FXS 1200
3F = SXT 125  4F = SS 175  6F = SS 125
7F = XLCR 1000  2G = XLT 1000  3G = FLH 80
5G = FLT 80  6G = FXE 80  7G = FXS 80
9G = FXWG 80  1H = FXB 80  2H = CLE 80 Sidecar
3H = FLH 80 Classic  5H = FLHS 80  6H = FL 80
7H = FLH 1200 Police  8H = FLH 1200 Shrine  9H = FLH 80 Police
1K = FLH 80 Shrine


1981 To 2017 (Present):

All Harley Davidson motorcycles manufactured from 1981 to present have a 17 alphanumeric character VIN stamped on the frame. The format of the VIN is as follows: The first three characters are the World Identification Number, which identifies what part of the world the bike was manufactured for sale, the forth character identifies the weight class, the 5th and 6th characters identify the model code, the 7th character identifies the engine class, the 8th character identifies the introduction period, the 9th characters is the VIN check digit, the 10th character is the model year, the 11th character identifies the manufacturing plant, and characters 12 through 17 are the production number. See charts below.

Example VIN:
World Mfg ID:  Weight Class:  Model Code:  Engine Type:  Intro Period:  Check Digit:  Model Year:  Mfg Plant:  Production #:
1HD  1  JL  5  1  7  9  Y  069628

World Manufacturer ID:
1HD - For sale in the United States
5HD - For sale outside the United States
932 - Manufactured in Brazil, and only sold in Brazil
MEG - Manufactured in India, and only sold in India

Weight Class:
1 - Heavyweight (greater than 900cc)
4 - Lightweight (Less than or equal to 900cc)
8 - Sidecar

Touring Model Codes:
AA - FLH  AB - FLHP  AC - FLH
AD - FLH Classic  AE - FLT  AF - FLTC
AH - FLHP Deluxe  AJ - FLH Heritage  AK - FLHS
AL - FLH Shrine  DA - FLT FLHTP  DB - FLTC
DC - FLHT  DD - FLHT  DE - FLHTC
DF - FLHTP  DG - FLHTC Shrine  DH - FLTC
DJ - FLHTC  DK - FLTC Shrine  DM - FLTCU Ultra
DN - FLTCU Ultra  DP - FLHTC  DS - FLTCU Ultra Shrine
DT - FLHTCU Ultra Shrine  FA - FLHRS FLHS  FB - FLHRI FLHR
FC - FLHTCUI FLHTCU  FD - FLHR  FE - FLTCUI
FF - FLHTCI FLHTC  FG - FLHTCUI  FH - FLHPI
FL - FLHTCUI FLHTCU  FM - FLHTPI  FP - FLTR
FR - FLHRCI FLHRC  FS - FLTRI  FT - FLHPEI
FW - FLHR Shrine  KA - FLHX  KB - FLHX
KE - FLHTK  KG - FLTRU  KH - FLTRX
KR - FLHXS  KT - FLTRXS  KX - SIDECAR TLE ULTRA
MA - FLHTCUTG Trike  MB - Trike  PF - FLSTDSE
PG - FLHRSEI2  PR - FLHTCUSE7 CVO  PY - FLSTSE3 CVO
PZ - FLHXSE CVO  MC - FLRT

Dyna Model Codes:
BA - FXE  BB - FXEF FXSTDI  BC - FXS
BD - FXB  BE - FXWG  BF - FXSB
BG - FXDG  EA - FXR  EB - FXRS
EC - FXRT  ED - FXRP Windshield  EE - FXRDG
EF - FXRP Fairing  EG - FXRS SP  EH - FXRD
EJ - FXRC  EK - FXRP Police  EL - FXLR
EM - FXRS CON  ES - FXR  ET - FXR
EV - FXR  GA - FXDB D  GB - FXDB S
GC - FXDC  GD - FXDL  GE - FXDWG
GG - FXDS CON  GH - FXD  GJ - FXDX
GK - FXDP  GL - FXDXT  GM - FXDI
GN - FXDL  GP - FXDWG  GR - FXDXI
GT - FXDC  GV - FXDC  GX - TL
GY - FXDF  GZ - FLD  PB - FXDWG
PE - FXDWG3  PS - FXDSE  PX - FSDFSE
VA = FXDBP


Softail Model Codes:
BH - FXST  BJ - FLST FLSTC  BK - FXSTC
BL - FXSTS  BM - FLSTF  BN - FLSTN
BP - FXSTSB  BR - FLSTS  BS - FXSTD
BT - FXSTB  BV - FXST  BW - FLSTC
BX - FLSTF  BY - FLSTC  BZ - FXSTSI
DV - FLSTN  JA - FXSTB  JB - FXSTDI
JD - FLSTN  JE - FLST  JF - FLSTI
JG - FLSTF  JH - FLSTC  JJ - FXCW
JK - FXCWC  JL - FXSTC  JM - FLSTSB
JN - FLSTFB  JP - FXS  JR - FLS
JT - FLSTFBS  PF - FXSTDSE  PH - FXSTDSE
PL - FLSTFSE  PN - FLSTFSE  PT - FXSTSSE
PY - FLSTSE  YB - FLHCS   YE - FXER
YG - FLFBS  YH - FXBRS  YJ - FXBB
YL - FXFBS  YN - FXLR

Sportster Model Codes:
CA - XLH  CB - XLS  CC - XLX
CD - XR-1000  CE - XL 883H  CF - XL 883 Deluxe
CG - XL 1200C  CH - XL 1200S  CJ - XL 883C
CK - XL 883R  CN - XL883  CM - XL883L
CP - XL883C  CR - XL883L  CS - XL883R
CT - XL1200C  CV - XL1200R  CW - XL1200L
CX - XL1200L  CY - XL50  CZ - XL1200N
LA - XR1200  LC - XL1200X  LD - XR1200X
LE - XL883N  LF - XL1200V  LH - XL1200CP
LJ - XL1200CA  LK - XL1200CB

Street Model Codes:
NA - XG500  NB - XG750  NC - XG750A

VROD Model Codes:
HA - VRSCA  HC - VRSCR  HD - VRSCD
HF - VRSCA  HH - VRSCDX  HJ - VRSCX
HP - VRSCF

Trike Model Codes:
MA - FLHTCUTG  MC - FLRT

Engine Class:
A - 1130 Revolution  B - 1450 Fuel Injected Counter Balanced  C - 1550, Milwaukee 8 107
D - 1550 EFI, Milwaukee 8 107  E - 1690 EFI  F - 1690 Balanced EFI
G - 1246 Revolution EFI  H - 1246 (2001-2009), 1000 Ironhead XL  J - 1246, Milwaukee 8 107
K - 1340 Shovelhead, Milwaukee 8 114  L - 1340 Evolution  M - 883 Evolution XL, Twin Cam 103
N = 1100 Evolution XL  P = 1200 Evolution XL  A = 500cc Liquid Cooled Revolution X
R - 1340 Evolution Fuel Injected  S - 500 Single  V - Twin Cam 88 Carbureted and 103B
W - Twin Cam 88 Fuel Injected  Y - Twin Cam 88 Counter Balanced - Carb  Z - 1130 Revolution
1 - 1450 EFI  2 - 883 ESPFI  3 - 1200 ESPFI
4 - 1584 ESPFI  5 - 1584 ESPFI, Twin Cam 96B  6 - 1200
8 - 1800 ESPFI  9 - 1800 ESPFI H 1250 ESPFI  B - 749cc Liquid Cooled Revolution X

Introduction Period:
1 - Domestic (Normal)  2 - Domestic (Mid-Year)  3 - California (Normal)
4 - Domestic (Mid-Year)  5 - California (Mid-Year)  6 - California (Mid-Year)
A - Canada (Normal)  B - Canada (Mid-Year)  C - International (Normal)
D - International (Mid-Year)  E - Japan (Normal)  F - Japan (Mid-Year)
G - Australia (Normal)  H - Australia (Mid-Year)  J - Brazil (Normal)
K - Brazil (Mid-Year)  L - Asia Pacific (Normal)  M - Asia Pacific (Mid-Year)
N - India (Normal)  P - India (Mid-Year)

Model Year:
A - 2010  B - 1981, 2011  C - 1982, 2012
D - 1983, 2013  E - 1984, 2014  F - 1985, 2015
G - 1986, 2016  H - 1987, 2017  J - 1988, 2018
K - 1989, 2019  L - 1990, 2020  M - 1991, 2021
N - 1992  P - 1993  R - 1994
S - 1995  T - 1996  V - 1997
W - 1998  X - 1999  Y - 2000
1 - 2001  2 - 2002  3 - 2003
4 - 2004  5 - 2005  6 - 2006
7 - 2007  8 - 2008  9 - 2009

Manufacturing Plant:
B - York, PA  D - Manaus, Brazil  E - Buell East Troy
J - Milwaukee, WI  K - Kansas City, KS  N - Haryana, India (Bawal District Rewari)
T - Tomahawk, WI  Y - York, PA



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