i don't think it's as critical as orderering parts for cars, where the VIN Number is critical if you want to get the right part.
I'm only new to the scene as well, but it appears that a monster is a monster from 93 to 96 or 97, there carburetted & parts are the same.
the later models ie & S4R ect probably have different parts than the older M900's, maybe someone with more knowledge on the subject could advise.
but for me 95 900M, finding parts & accessories is very easy as there all the same.
This is a fantastic site & i'm sure if you track back through the threads, mainly in the accessorie section you'll soon fill your favourites folders with a vast number of companies that offer Duc parts.
Also check the Sponsors section on the home page there are some great guys that support this site & have their own businesses in bikes ect. that are only too happy to help with advise & stuff too.
Thanks for the reply Chris. My interest in the Vin # code is not in securing parts but rather what the code has to tell me about my particular bike. I know form past experience that the initial letters and numbers of any Vin # sequence usually specify specific information about the bikes manufacture, like the date of construction, type of paint, specific homogenizations met, etc. It is something I would like to learn as a way of getting to know my bike better. I failed to mention that my M900 is a stock 1998. I think it very similar to your 95, at least when it was stock. I will take a look at the sponsor
Thanks marrahm. I knew that info was somewhere - I had forgotten where.
Interestingly, while I was looking over the VIN info page I had an insurance statement on the desk with all of my vehicle VINs lined up in columns. It appears that the 9th character is a check sum digit on all VINs. But on the Duc, it's wrong
The preceding two numbers are 1 and 4. The check digit is a 6. The remaining numbers total 14. So any way you stack them, it won't check.
Wonder if that error makes the bike collectible like misprinted stamps or money? LOL (The frame, sticker, and all paperwork match)