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Old 10-10-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
 
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How to read Honda VIN codes

Hi, new to the forum. I recently picked up a 1970 Honda that my son and I would like to restore. It has the year and VIN on it, but beyond that, I don't know anything about Hondas. The month/year is 11/70 and the VIN is CB175-6003251. We'd like to bring it back to original (whoever owned it should be shot), but I can't tell the original color and really don't know what model it is. We'd appreciate any information anyone could give us on this bike. We're currently restoring a 1964 Hodaka Ace 90 and plan to start the Honda as soon as that is done. Thanks
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Re: How to read Honda VIN codes

Let me google that for you
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Any luck with that? Cause you didn't post anything else......
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Re: How to read Honda VIN codes

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Hi, new to the forum. I recently picked up a 1970 Honda that my son and I would like to restore. It has the year and VIN on it, but beyond that, I don't know anything about Hondas. The month/year is 11/70 and the VIN is CB175-6003251. We'd like to bring it back to original (whoever owned it should be shot), but I can't tell the original color and really don't know what model it is. We'd appreciate any information anyone could give us on this bike. We're currently restoring a 1964 Hodaka Ace 90 and plan to start the Honda as soon as that is done. Thanks

I don't think the VIN provided much information back then.

You could try bikepics for colours or Google for fan sites.

BikePics - Honda CB 175 Home Page on BikePics.Com

Honda CB175 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Re: How to read Honda VIN codes

Thanks for the info. Bikepics.com is pretty cool and gave us a lot of ideas. We're new to restoring Japanese bikes, so still trying to muddle our way through all the information out there.
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Any luck with that? Cause you didn't post anything else......
haha its a gag link man (click on it and see), I was being a smart ass sorry I couldn't resist
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Re: How to read Honda VIN codes

There's not much in Honda frame numbers (VINs) from that era, but here's the story:

CB175-6003251

Model: CB175 (but you knew that, right)
Year: '6' signifies the 1971 model year (5 for 1970, 7 for 1972) (see CycleChaos for details)
Production Sequence: 3251 is the production sequence, although I'm not sure if Honda started at 00001 or not. Other manufacturers did not.

So, your 1971 Honda CB175 was built in November, 1970.

I have a similar situation, where my '72 CB175 was built in October 1971.
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