VIN plate on airhead

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by snoop, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. snoop

    snoop Sven from Road Rash

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    I just bought a titled frame, the vin matches the frame on the lower half. however there is no vin plate on the head tube. Is there supose to be on there?
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  2. elmoreman

    elmoreman takin' a break, boss

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    What year/model bike? On my '71 /5 it was stamped on the head tube, no plate. I dunno about other bikes. PO powdercoated over the vin on my G/S, and I had to sandpaper the coating off to register the bike, then clear nail polished over it.
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  3. snoop

    snoop Sven from Road Rash

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    I have a 1987 R80. I just have a vin stamped on the bottom of the frame.
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  4. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    My '71 & 74 have VIN plates on the neck.
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  5. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Both my 74's have VINs on plates on the neck.
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  6. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track.. Oh, wait, new track found!

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    According to my manual the VIN moved downworth somewhere around 1980isch
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  7. snoop

    snoop Sven from Road Rash

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    Cool, thanks for the research, I appreciate it.
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  8. Middleweightboxer

    Middleweightboxer Middleweightboxer

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    Yes - the plate was replaced with a perforated aluminum sticker on the right side frame loop under the jug/footrest is my memory serves me.
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  9. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    Yep. That's what my '78 has.
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  10. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track.. Oh, wait, new track found!

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    Just had a closer look, the VIN# moved from the neck downworth in 1983,
    the alu plate moved at the same time from the front of the neck to the side-plate at the neck. No idea if something changed later on, this is what I can see in the manual and the frames hanging around here.
    But still, what frame have you got over there, tell us?
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  11. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    my '92 still has that side plate.
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  12. snoop

    snoop Sven from Road Rash

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    I have it stamped on the frame so I think I am fine. I am just worried about border crossings.
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  13. ctp13

    ctp13 Been here awhile

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    snoop

    ON a newer BMW ( I believe 1981 on) there are TWO vin numbers ( one is called by the DMV as teh "secondary Vin"

    ON these Bmw's they can be stamped on right frame next to brake shifter and they ALSO use a perferated alu stick on stamp some times they are just ahead of the stamped #'s right under the Carb.

    They can also be on the swing arm on the right side near bearing .

    Check further where they should be. BMW will order new stick on Vins for you as they finally realized thet having them under the cyl right where your toe hits the frame is not a good idea and they werar out.

    YMMV

    Chuck
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  14. Mugwest

    Mugwest .

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    that 'alu sticker' you guys keep ref'ing is anything but Alu. It's a plastic/vinyl sticker with dot-matrix perf'd numbers-- that sumbitch proved a sticking point when i had the G/S tagged in FL for the first time. On the right lower frame tube (under the R jug) it had apparently been gouged by rocks, stumps, roots etc and some of the numbers were munged. The tag lady decided it was her duty that day to morph into Super-Fly and get all medieval on my ass-- she just knew i was trying to wreck America by sneaking in a BMW G/S with 2 VIN digits obscured.

    I pointed out that the stamped VIN with the 2 little stamped BMW roundels on the right steering head gusset agreed with the munged sticker, but she would'nt have a bit of it. With much super-lifer fanfare she called in her supervisor who said "This is OK. What's the problem?".


    Back to orig querry: VIN's are all over the map on airheads. I know from personal ownership that up to 77 there was a riveted VIN plate with 'made in Western Germany' fastened to the right side steering head gusset-- the VIN was also stamped into the space above the oil dipstick on these. That all stopped in the late 70's, early 80's when the silver sticker started. Some got the sticker under the right jug on the frame (like my G/S), later ones got the sticker on the swingarm -- the fully faired RS/RT's are the ones i've seen this on, but i've also seen some unfaired monolever R80's with swingarm VINs.
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  15. exhaust_nut

    exhaust_nut Been here awhile

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    old thread, new question,

    I'm missing the Vin sticker on my '82 R65 and have moved, my new state's DMV wants to see the Vin.

    Has anyone been able to order a new Vin sticker from BMW?

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  16. xavier296

    xavier296 Alaska n'Back

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    Even older thread, anyone know the answer to getting a new vin plate? Mine is the stamped steel one on the neck.
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  17. exhaust_nut

    exhaust_nut Been here awhile

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    I orderd BMW part no. 71212312791 "BLANK PLATE TYPE IDENTIFICATION - AG" ($6.65). I tried to hand stamp it with the numbers but it was too thin & got all rolled up so I got a fresh one & took it to a trophy shop were they engraved the plate for a few bucks. I riveted it in place on the neck of the frame & it looks stock and proper.

    [​IMG]
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  18. bereahorn

    bereahorn Long timer

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  19. subagon

    subagon Hopelessly lost

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    :lurk +1

    The VIN label on my '83 R80ST (stick on type located under the right jug) is in REALLY bad shape. The frame needs to be striped and repainted. It'd be a lot easier if I could be a replacement label. At least the VIN number is stamped, about 6 inches from the label towards the rear, on the frame.

    FYI, no trouble registering the bike with the messed up label in Florida. Just show them the title and be ready to fork over the cash.
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