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VIN confusion & what is the difference between a 2010 and a 2011 radiator?

My Evo Cover fits perfectly with the three bolts supplied - with as well as without the spacers.

I read from a post here under "Technical Discussion / How to install Evotech Radiator Grille Cover" that there should be a difference between a 2010 and a 2011 V when it comes to the radiator, but I could not find out what the difference is.

In my registration it says that I have a 2011. Since I could not notice any difference between these two year models I tried a VIN Decoder on the internet to verify what year I have, but I got the answer "Checksum Validation Failed". Then I tried Owner info at www.kawasaki.com and I got "We could not find a match on the VIN provided. Please correct and try again."

I have double-checked the VIN on the bike and it is JKALE650CDA000***.
Does anybody know how I can find out what year I have? Are the US VINs different from the European ditto?

Hmmmm, I begin to fear the worst - I might have a Honda.....

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Are you sure it's not a difference between the 07-09 and 10+?
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Nope, I'm not sure of anything. Except this: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=8686
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There should be a sticker on the frame with your model year listed, as well as the more obvious distinction of colors.
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OK, I`ll try to locate the sticker. Could you be a little more specific where to look?
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You might have to put in your vin at the European Kawasaki website.

I bought the radiator guard for my '11 and had to get Evotech to make me some spacers because my connection points were at the back of the radiator instead of the front.

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http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...82&postcount=1

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http://www.cheapcycleparts.com

For what ever it's worth the aforementioned parts site,
shows the same part number for both years.

39061 RADIATOR-ASSY 39061-0144 1 $505.59

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I have double-checked the VIN on the bike and it is JKALE650CDA000***.
Is that what you see on the VIN tag on the right side up on your frame's steering head? It's punched on the frame's top-most lateral steering tube, and it's also just behind it on the sticker with month and year of manufacture on top, and country on lower right. The sticker is just in front of coolant reservoir.
Your 10th character should be an A (2010) or a B (2011).

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http://www.cheapcycleparts.com

For what ever it's worth the aforementioned parts site,
shows the same part number for both years.

39061 RADIATOR-ASSY 39061-0144 1 $505.59
The radiator in the picture on Kawasaki's site is not the radiator installed on my '11.

As you see in my previous link, my radiator only has tabs in the back. The photo makes it look like the radiator has tabs in the front and back of the radiator.
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Thanx for input.

I checked the bike for stickers with manufacturing date but could not find any. There is a sticker near the VIN plate, a couple of centimeters towards the front, but it only says E1 on it, not year nor month. I even pulled the side covers off to make sure there are no more stickers.

twowheeladdict: I very much appreciate the info you came up with. It is substantial. If there are no tabs in the front of the radiator of your V you do not need any spacers. Mine has tabs in the front => I do not need the spacers, regardless what year the bike is. I went down to the garage and took them off. The V looks better now....

It still puzzles me though that the 10:th digit/character in my VIN is not A or B. It's a D!

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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.

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Your 10th character can't be a D. It has to be a B.
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A = Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Akashi, Japan

Mine was made in Japan.

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invader: I wish you were right, but you're not. This is what my VIN plate looks like. 2013? Not...

Yippie! My first photo is attached!!!

EDIT: Not that it matters (too much!) to me, I think I have got an early 2010, not a 2011 as the registration says. I checked the inventory of some Kawasaki dealers here in Sweden and I found that they are marketing pre-owned 2010:s with a VIN identical to mine, except for the sequential production number which is higher! I negotiated hard before my buy and paid a sum equivalent to 8 250 US dollars in todays exhange rate for a brand spanking new bike - reg price is 12 000.
But still, why do all of them here have a "D" as the 10th???
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Wow, that's weird. Maybe they made changes to the VIN coding system... or maybe you got a Chinese copy of the real Versys. A mistake is highly unlikely, although not impossible I guess.

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invader: Look at my "EDIT" above.. Could be one of many Chinese copies here in Sweden, but as long as it is a good one no one will be able to tell the difference
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Try entering #JKALE650CBA000*** instead of JKALE650CDA000*** in the VIN decoder and at Kawasaki site to see what happens.
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With the steering turned to the left, can you see the VIN stamped on the front right of upper lateral frame tube, between the triple clamps where the steering bearings are?
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If I change the VIN as you suggest I get the same response as before: "Check sum validation failed"

Yes I have the same VIN as on the plate stamped on the frame..

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Have your local Sweden Kawasaki dealer check your VIN on their system.
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