I have a Yamaha FZR750, VIN number YMO126, engine number 1FM. These are the only numbers on the bike and correspond with the V5C.
I believe it’s a Japanese import but all other VIN numbers I’ve seen have more digits. Date of first registration in the UK is 1997. Any help in identifying it would be appreciated as I am in two minds whether I should break it, or keep and restore. A Ferguson, email
Jim Moore says:
Your FZR appears to be a Japanese market bike, imported into the UK around 1997 – the 1FM engine code corresponds to the home-market engine (restricted to 77bhp through the air intake, jetting, exhaust and CDI to comply with Japanese law). You can replace these parts with Canadian (2TT) or USA (2NK) full power bits.
It’s normal for there to be no other digits to the engine ID than 1FM. If both VIN and engine numbers correspond with the V5, then it’s a legit bike. It’s hard to give an exact date of registration in Japan – when bikes are imported to the UK they are given an age-related plate, which is not always accurate. But we can narrow it down to a 1987-88 machine.