VIN or Vehicle Identification Number is a unique code composed of 17 alphanumeric characters. All vehicles have these numbers which is used to identify their make, engine type, class, manufacturer, year made, and even its history.
This includes motorcycles. Motorcycle VINs serve the same purpose like that of other vehicles, since motorcycles have to be registered in a vehicle regulatory body like the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) in Australia.
Aside from basic information about the motorcycle, these unique codes are used for doing a Revs check when buying second hand or used motorcycles. If you are planning to buy a used bike, then it is important that you do a Revs check before you pay for it. The VIN contains other information like if it was involved in an accident, the number of times and the parts that was repaired or replaced, insurance information, and many other relevant information.
Even though motorcycles are cheaper than brand new ones, it is still very important that you know you are not wasting your money on a motorcycle that would not last a long time to make your spending worth. When you have the VIN number, look it up on the Internet. There are many websites that offer Revs check using a VIN number to determine information of that vehicle.
These Revs checks or look up are usually free, and will provide only a comprehensive report. If you need a a more detailed report, you will need to pay a little fee to get that. Price of a detailed report ranges from $20 to 30. You will also know if the seller of the vehicle is telling you the truth of the real condition of the bike. It also helps you know if it is a stolen vehicle or not, since even possession of a stolen item is a criminal offense. The VIN number of a motorcycle is usually located in one side of the engine or underneath the chasis of the vehicle.