How Do I Tell What Year My Suzuki Dirt Bike Is?

by Chris Gilliland

Suzuki's off-road lineup has grown to include an impressive array of of dirt bikes. Although many of these bikes have distinguished themselves with their performance, it can be difficult to discern the differences between various year models. Fortunately, finding the model year of your dirt bike is easy enough for anyone to do.

Locate the dirt bike's 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This is often stamped onto the right side of the steering head, where the front fork is mounted on the frame.

Count to and take note of the 10th alphanumeric digit in the VIN.

Match this number or letter code to the year the bike was produced. A bike produced between 2001 to 2009 will be signified by a numeric code between 1 to 9, accordingly. An alphabetic code states that the bike was built before 2001. A code, for example, stands for year 2000. This letter code descends from "Y" (year 2000) to "A" (year 1980). An "R," for example, designates a dirt bike as a 1994 model.

Tip

  • check If you are having trouble finding the VIN or model year of your Suzuki dirt bike, refer to your Suzuki dealer for assistance. Various VIN decoding web utilities are also available, such as motoverse.com, to pinpoint the exact year your bike was produced.

About the Author

An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.