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Honda Motorcycle Model Model Numbers, Model and Product Codes

It is often useful, in referring to specific motorcycle models and parts, to the various systems and conventions has historically used to refer to things. There is clearly a behind each official although absent direct from Honda, it is impossible to an absolutely complete understanding. page contains as much information as was known and publicly as of the date this page was

Note that certain (e.g. American Honda Co. Inc. ) are apparently not very with Honda practices of their particular region, so attributable to them may relate to their own practices, and not necessarily to of Honda Motor Co.

Ltd. on a basis.

On this page throughout, the terms Name, Model Number, Year and Product Code (or are used as defined below.


The Model Name is known as the Model Designation; it is the Honda name for a particular Model Names usually some reference to engine but not always (and not always an one, e.g. . the VFR800Fi has had a 781cc engine). Many of early motorcycle Model began with CB, which has theorised to refer to City and it is almost obvious that VF to Vee Four, but the fact is that has generally never conistently the nomenclature it uses for its motorcycles.

Honda also generally Model Year codes below) when referring to motorcycle models by Model This is also the standard way of to Model Years-outside of the USA, people usually mention the year corresponding to the Model e.g. . 1990 VFR750F, as to VFR750FL. Another American anomaly is their way of referring to models. Even though has always been a different PCN for the models (as opposed to the 49-state they also add an L to the Model of the California-spec bikes, e.g. . becomes VFR750RLL. (This is ignored in the table below.) An of the standard Honda usage can be on the front cover of the Honda Catalogue for the 1992 NR (aka

In addition to the Model Name, Honda motorcycles also a trademarked name or marketing some examples of which Interceptor®, Hurricane® and Gold Model Names are generally throughout the world, but marketing do vary quite a bit between (or planets, in American Honda’s ), which means that the motorcycle model sold in markets will have a Model Name, but can have than one different marketing (or none at all). For example, have also been as Interceptors, but only in the USA, and not all Model Years; VTR1000Fs are as SuperHawks in the USA, but as FireStorms in and finally, the ST1300 has no separate name in the USA, but is called the in Europe.

Model Numbers

Honda also feature Model which are essentially the VDS section of the less the last digit refers to the market for which a model was manufactured). Model generally coincide with re-designs of motorcycle models, but minor revisions tend to the same Model Number but get a new PCN below).

Accordingly, there can be than one PCN associated with a Model Number, but not during the Model Year, and the models the different PCNs (but the Model Number) will be noticeably different in appearance. A example of how this works is by the quot:fifth-generation and sixth-generation VFR800 Both the Fi and the VTEC versions the Model Number RC46, but the version is associated with the MBG PCN and the version is associated with a one (MCW). In addition to the generation which was developed by American VFR and is not an official Honda concept, common but unofficial way to differentiate two versions sharing the same Number is to call the first for example, RC36-I and the second one There is more about motorcycle Model Numbers .

Model Years

According to the American Honda Motorcycle Guide, effective September American Honda adopted an model year policy, means that, regardless of the date of manufacture, all 1974 and models sold by American are represented by specific model For 1974 and 1975 models, designations continued to include change numbers (e.g. K1, S2, M1,

All 1976 and later models the year in the model designation, as as ’19XX MODEL’ printed on the serial number plate, is usually found on the steering part of the motorcycle’s frame. with the 1979 model Honda Motor Co. Ltd. its U.S. distributor, American Motor Co. Inc.) adopted the

Department of Transportation’s alpha system to indicate the model of each vehicle. Beginning the 1981 Model Year, the year code also in the 10th position of each unique VIN. as well as on the paint code sticker located under the seat).

this means in practice is (at least from 1979), by to a Honda motorcycle’s unique number, it is possible to determine certainty each vehicle’s Model Year, which each such vehicle a specific set of specifications used a particular model year-regardless of that vehicle was actually imported, first sold or registered. Note that the DOT is slightly different than the VIN system, in that for 1979 the DOT used Z as the year code, but the VIN does not (presumably because of letter’s similar appearance to the 2).

(Under US law there is a statutory of model year in 15 U.S.C. 2001(12). The definition reads as The term ‘model year’, reference to any specific calendar means a manufacturer’s annual period (as determined by the EPA Administrator) includes January 1 of such year. If a manufacturer has no annual period, the term ‘model means the calendar year.)

Product Codes

According to the American Honda Motorcycle Guide, the Product Code (PCN) indicates the official code for each specific originated by Honda Motor Co. in Japan. Since 1966, the introduction of the New Part Numbering (NPS), PCNs (in that referred to as Parts Classification have also been in the Honda Part Numbering to indicate the vehicle for which parts were originally

When used in this the PCN appears in the middle section of the part number ( e.g. . in part number 50100-MT7-600. the PCN is MT7 . means this part refers to a part originally for the 1992 NR750N).

Honda CB 400 Super Bol d'Or Special Edition
Honda CB 400 Super Bol d'Or Special Edition

Honda’s Product Codes were numeric, but Honda began alphanumeric PCNs in the early These alphanumeric PCNs of two letters and one number; later consist of three letters. All consist of a maximum of three

There is no known pattern for Honda’s choice of particular Code Numbers (though the do not appear to have been to any street-type motorcycles).

The PCN generally the same throughout the same of Honda model, but there are Most significant for viewers of Web site is the case of the 1990-93 RC36, which (inexplicably) has one PCN for the FL-N models (MT4) and a PCN for the 1993 FP models (MY7), though there were no generational changes made to the FP

When the next generation VFR750FR RC36 was released, the PCN again (to MZ7) and remained the until the end of production. This, appears to be the exception that the rule.

It is important to understand while the part numbers for a model will predominantly the PCN relating to that model, a number of its parts will PCNs from earlier within the same product sometimes from completely models. Some relatively parts (such as oil filters) are infrequently and are then used in subsequent new model for many

The PCN is also present in the part of Honda publications relating to models, e.g. . the Workshop for the NC30 is part number ; the MR8 part is the PCN for the VFR400R (NC30). are vital to an understanding of Honda interchangeability (also discussed ). If you’re searching through a list of Honda part the only sure way to separate the originally designed for your from the rest is to search the PCN. Doing so will out the shared parts, but those are to be critical parts such as it’s still better the alternative!


As you can see, there are ways of referring to various motorcycle models and parts. For purposes, the Model Name is but for other purposes, such as problems, more particularity is so the Model Number may be more However, the most precise way of to individual motorbike models and component parts is always by

The following table is a listing of of the Honda motorcycle Model (nicknames), Model Numbers and Code Numbers (aka Classification Numbers or PCNs) to powersports products manufactured by Motor Co. Ltd. and its subsidiaries from approximately 1979 to the day. (This page has many hours of research to but is still incomplete#8212and certainly errors. Any clarifications or contributions to complete this table be welcome.)

(Click on the column to sort by Model Name, Number or PCN, respectively.)

Name (Nickname(s))

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