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Wipe the frame and VIN numbers with aerosol paint remover or nail varnish wipes to see if the paint comes off. If it does then the bike has been ‘made good’ after alteration. Check the engine number too.
Stickers hide security numbers and holes where the LED from an alarm used to be. It’s worth peering under the stickers if you can to see if a Datatag number is behind it.
Post-2003 bikes should have the details of the supplier along the bottom of the plate. Don’t be fooled by logos like www.yamaha.com as they’re attempts by thieves to make it look genuine.
Check any numbers found with the marking company and remember both the stolen and donor machine may have been marked. Check the numbers match the registration.
The key is…
Check the keys are genuine with their logo on them. Try the key in other locks on the machine as it’s too expensive to change the whole lock set to retain the bike’s one key fits all system.
Check pillion pegs
Most stolen bikes aren’t ridden away but pushed away by a rider on a scooter using his foot to push the rear footrest of the stolen bike. So examine the footrest for damage.