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    Hello everyone!

    New to Yamahas, well... actually looking to be new as I don't own one yet. I have a buddy who is looking to unload a 81 XS 1100. It is an absolute basket case and I don't mind picking it up. He has the registration and it is a clean and clear title still in the name of the previous owner. My question is regarding the vin on these bikes. I am well familiar with HD's since I have resurrected several basket cases and own several Shovelheads. I've been very badly wanting to turn out a cafe racer and this would be up my alley as far as that. On the vin in the paperwork, it appears that it's missing some numbers. It is a 9 digit alphanumeric number starting with 4R1. The model is listed as XS110. I'm not sure what to make of it but as I usually do love to make good on these projects I'd hate to go register it and find out that I can't for some odd reason or another. I'd love any info anyone has on it.
    If it turns out to be legit, I'll be working on it and definitely post pictures on here. I'm actually pretty excited.
    Thanks in advance for any help you all can provide.

    JGR

  • #2
    This link should help: Serial Numbers/Model designations/Factory Colors (xs11.com)

    4R1 being 1981 XS1100H Indigo Blue
    1979 XS1100SF - AKA 500 Special
    Bike Pics: https://qq0u.app.link/Fcucd6JL6V

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    • #3
      Some states are easier to deal with as far as titles being in a previous owners name. Make sure you can get the title sorted where you live before you throw any cash at it.
      1979 XS1100 Special
      1980 XS1100 Std parts bucket
      1987 ZL1000 Eliminator
      1976 XS750D Project in waiting

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies guys, a lot of help to start off with! The bike seems to be pretty legit and in New Mexico, where I'm from, the DMV is pretty forgiving. The bike itself is going to be a major project and since my knowledge base is Shovelheads, primarily, it should be a good learning experience. I'm in the process of clearing my lift of a 81 shovel that I worked on over the winter so it's going to be clear for something else. I hope to share some of my progress with the members here.

        Thanks again guys, and I hope to start off on the right foot with this project, should it ever get started.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jgonz View Post
          Hello everyone!

          New to Yamahas, well... actually looking to be new as I don't own one yet. I have a buddy who is looking to unload a 81 XS 1100. It is an absolute basket case and I don't mind picking it up. He has the registration and it is a clean and clear title still in the name of the previous owner. My question is regarding the vin on these bikes. I am well familiar with HD's since I have resurrected several basket cases and own several Shovelheads. I've been very badly wanting to turn out a cafe racer and this would be up my alley as far as that. On the vin in the paperwork, it appears that it's missing some numbers. It is a 9 digit alphanumeric number starting with 4R1. The model is listed as XS110. I'm not sure what to make of it but as I usually do love to make good on these projects I'd hate to go register it and find out that I can't for some odd reason or another. I'd love any info anyone has on it.
          If it turns out to be legit, I'll be working on it and definitely post pictures on here. I'm actually pretty excited.
          Thanks in advance for any help you all can provide.

          JGR
          Welcome to the site. As others have informed you the serial number or VIN on these vintage 1100's all started with a three digit alphanumeric and were shorter numbers then found today. You state that the person selling the bike has registration in previous owner's name. Question ... was the title signed by the original owner over to someone else that never completed the paperwork or is it basically a clean title with just that owner listed? Makes a big difference in how you proceed in getting it legally registered. Obviously a bill of sale is needed either way.
          2 - 80 LGs bought one new
          81 LH
          02 FXSTB Nighttrain
          Jim

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