Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kapuskasing Ontario Canada
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Your 11th character 'A' in JKALE650CDA000*** means it was made in Japan.
My 2007 label states it was manufactured by KHI in 09/06 (Sept 2006) and "Made in Japan".
VIN # JKALEEA147A001***
The 1st character 'J' in VIN denotes where manufacturer is based (Japan), but not where the motorcycle was actually produced. The 11th character indicates the vehicle's assembly plant... I think it'd be a '9' if assembled in Brazil.
Prior to 1980 there was no accepted standard for VINs, so manufacturers used different formats. In 1981, the U.S. and Europe adopted a standardized 17-character VIN, as mandated by the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration, for all street-legal vehicles. Kawasaki has assigned a 17 digit VIN to all wheeled vehicles since 1981, which contains valuable information about the vehicle such as make, model, and manufacturing data. Additionally, the VIN is used to record the history of the vehicle.
Breakdown of a VIN:
Characters 1, 2, 3 comprise the World Manufacturing Identifier (WMI), as assigned by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). (#2: K for Kawasaki, #3: 1 for motorcycle.)
Characters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 are the internal factory codes for the model, engine type, displacement, model variation, and horsepower.
Character 9 is called a check digit, which is calculated by performing a mathematical computation using the other 16 characters. This digit is used to verify the VIN if required.
Character 10 designates the model year of the vehicle as follows:
(Letters I, O, Q, U, Z and the number 0 are not used as year identifiers to avoid confusion with other characters.)
A=1980 B=1981 C=1982 D=1983 E=1984 F=1985 G=1986 H=1987 J=1988 K=1989 L=1990 M=1991 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 A=2010 B=2011 C=2012 D=2013...
Character 11 indicates the vehicle’s assembly plant:
A = Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Akashi, Japan
B = Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., Lincoln, Nebraska / Kymco for Kawasaki, Taiwan
C = Kawasaki Motors Corp., Philippines
D = Kawasaki Motors Enterprise Co. Ltd., Thailand
G = MODENAS, Malaysia
K = P.T. Kawasaki Motor Indonesia, Jakarta
9 = Kawasaki Motors of Brazil Ltd. (KMB) Manaus, Amazonas
1 = Suzuki for Kawasaki, Taiwan
2 = Suzuki for Kawasaki, Japan
Characters 12-17 signify the sequential production number within a specific model. These six characters will be numeric if 500 or more vehicles were produced during the year. It is important to note that not all sequential production numbers will begin with 000001. Additionally, if fewer than 500 vehicles were produced in a year, characters 12, 13, and 14 will be a WMI that has been assigned by the SAE.
Last edited by invader; 01-14-2012 at 04:07 AM.