VIN numbers 1979 Goldwing


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VIN numbers 1979 Goldwing

Postby greganderson » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:23 am



Hello all, I just purchased a 1979 Goldwing Gl1000....so far I am loving it!
I was messing around with looking up VIN number and everything asked for a 17 character number. Mine has GL1-XXXXXXX.....only 10 characters. Does anyone know where to look up info for these older bikes? I am just curious to find out more about it. thanks in advance.


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Re: VIN numbers 1979 Goldwing

Postby greganderson » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:37 am

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Re: VIN numbers 1979 Goldwing

Postby Placerville » Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:25 pm

Your bike doesn't have a "VIN" or vehicle identification number, it has a frame Serial Number. (Formalized VIN numbers weren't in official use for motor vehicles until 1981.) As you probably know, your bikes frame serial number is permanently stamped into the right side of it's steering neck. Also, there's a metal plate riveted on the opposite side of the neck with your bikes frame number and production date. 'Looking up' the Serial Number of your bike via any publicly available on-line source won't give you any information as DMV records for vehicles of this era simply do not exist. If, for some reason, you have a burning desire to know to whom your bike was first sold, some have had success writing to Honda Corporate in Gardena, CA with the request. Most likely, all they would be able to tell you is that it was sold to a specific Honda dealership. From there, the trail will evaporate. FYI, for a '79 Wing, frame numbers began at GL1-4100001 and the engine serial number began at GL1E-4100001.
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Re: VIN numbers 1979 Goldwing

Postby greganderson » Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:16 pm

perfect! that tells me what i wanted to know....thank you for taking the time to respond.
I have been researching all kinds of stuff on this site and am learning alot about the goldwing...I am completely satisfied with my decision to purchase this bike.
I look forward to gaining more knowledge as time goes by, this is a very comprehensive website.
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Re: VIN numbers 1979 Goldwing

Postby dingdong » Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:16 am

Interesting that the 79 frame and engine #s are the same. They are different on my 76 and they are original as I have the original dealers sales invoice with numbers.
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Re: VIN numbers 1979 Goldwing

Postby Placerville » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:52 am

I had my bike in a show recently. There were 3 'judges' hired to review the bikes and they worked together as a team on each entry. They seemed very thorough. After the show, I asked them if they could tell me how they judged my bike and if they had any comments they'd like to share with me. They said they deducted 10 points from my overall score because my engine and frame numbers didn't match. When I explained to them that early GL's didn't have matching frame/engine numbers but, rather, an 'engine series' of numbers that were specific to each year, I got a less than positive response. Meaning, they just stared at me. I offered to send them the information they'd need to make a better evaluation in the future but, they didn't take me up on it. :roll:
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Re: VIN numbers 1979 Goldwing

Postby dingdong » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:21 am

Ignorance is bliss!!


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