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I have a 1981 Intersate, VIN: 1HFSC0216BA10xxxx

According toSteve Saunder's history writeup:
May 1981 saw Goldwing production moved from Japan to Ohio, USA
My VIN plate shows a manufacture date of 10/80 (seven months prior to the move to the US)

Interestingly though, according to the Honda coding of VINs, mine was made in Ohio.
So, was mine assembled in the US? Does anyone know a good source for VIN histories on early Gold Wings?
1st-3rd digits - manufacturer ID

[align=left] 1HF Honda U.S.A. [/align]

[align=left]4th-8th digits - model [/align]

[align=left]11th digit - assembly plant [/align]
[align=left]A Ohio, U.S.A. [/align]
 

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Out of curiosity .... what is stamped on your valve covers... Japan or USA?

What about the plate on your steering neck?
 

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Valve covers:
"Made in Japan"

Plate:
Made in U.S.A of U.S. and Japanese parts



Give me a couple of minutes, I will post pic of the plate.
 

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What I find on the net is the plant built / opened in 1979, the first Goldwing rolled off the assembly line May 1st 1980.

Read the last paragraph of the article....

Tried linkng to the article, but they want you to subscribe.

Google - Goldwing started production in Ohio.

Gold Wing, Honda's top motorcycle, finds its destiny in Ohio
Moving production to the U.S. in 1979 put the bike in the big leagues

ARLENA SAWYERS
AUTOMOTIVE NEWS
JUNE 8, 2009 - 12:01 AM ET

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story misstated when Honda started production of the Gold Wing motorcycle to Marysville, Ohio. Honda says the first Gold Wing came off the Marysville line on May 1, 1980.


Honda's Gold Wing is a luxury touring motorcycle built for America's wide open roads.

Ken Peterson, co-director of the 4,000-member Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Texas District, calls Honda's flagship bike the "Cadillac of motorcycles."

"It is supersmooth, superquiet," says the 73-year-old Peterson, who rides cross country on a 1998 1500cc Gold Wing modified with a trike kit -- his wife, Barbie, in back.

But it took the launch of production in Ohio in 1980 to put the Gold Wing in the big leagues. Making the Gold Wing in America helped enthusiasts take Honda seriously as a big bike maker. Ohio production gave Honda Motor Co. the motivation to move the Gold Wing up to the next level.

The bike also enlarged the number of Honda enthusiasts in the United States, a loyal group that buys products ranging from lawn mowers to autos.

When the 1975 Gold Wing GL1000 debuted in Germany at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1974, touring was the bike's secondary function. The GL1000 had no windshield. It had neither saddlebags nor a place for luggage.

But it was shaft-driven instead of chain-driven, meaning less maintenance and the ability to take on vast stretches of highway without hesitation. The Gold Wing was built for reliability, durability and high performance, says Ray Blank, senior vice president of Honda's motorcycle division.

"It was a 1,000cc, liquid-cooled, low-mounted, four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine," Blank says. "It was really a high-performance bike. There was really nothing like it at the time."

Cycle gets respect
Turning point: Honda starts producing the Gold Wing in Marysville, Ohio.
When: 1979
Significance: Shifting production from Japan to Marysville helped give the Gold Wing a new high-end touring identity. The motorcycle attracted more Honda enthusiasts in the U.S.

The Gold Wing was born at Honda's r&d center in Asaka-dai, Japan, according to Gold Wing, The First 20 Years.

Though Honda does not release sales figures for the Gold Wing, in 1975 "some 5,000 were sold in the first year, far fewer than had been predicted," says the book. Soon after the Gold Wing was introduced, its popularity grew in North America, with 80 percent of its production being shipped to the United States and Canada.

A U.S. plant became "vital," the book says. Honda moved Gold Wing production to its first U.S factory in Marysville, Ohio, in 1980.

That was just as the Gold Wing entered its touring phase with the introduction of the GL1100 in 1980 -- the first year the bike came with saddlebags and trunk, Blank says.

The GL1500 debuted in 1988, redesigned from the ground up. It is the first Gold Wing with a reverse gear. The GL1800 arrived in 2001 with an aluminum frame that shaved 25 pounds off the previous steel design.

The Gold Wing has not undergone a major overhaul since. But over the years it has acquired luxury-carlike amenities such as heated seats, satellite radio, an airbag and a navigation system.

The 2010 Gold Wing is being built in Marysville, but Honda will halt U.S. production this year. Production of Honda's bikes will be consolidated at the company's new motorcycle factory in Kumamoto, Japan.

Steve Saunders, 48, of Dublin, Ireland, operates a Gold Wing Web site visited mostly by Americans. He says he put 2,000 miles on a borrowed 14-year-old GL1000 in 1990 during a European tour. He bought his Gold Wing the next year and has owned six since. He says: "The bike gives you a sense of freedom."
 

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Interesting. The mystery continues.

The VIN and the "Made in U.S.A" suggests it was assembled in Ohio.

The date of manufacture suggests it was made in Japan.
 

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How do you figure? Yours was made 10/80 and the first one rolled off the line in Ohio in 5/80.

Jeff
 

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Bikes in 1981 started with S/N 1HFSC0207BA100001. So yours is the ****'th bike made for that model year.

My '81 parts bike was a late bloomer, made Feb '81.
 

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84GrayWing wrote:
How do you figure? Yours was made 10/80 and the first one rolled off the line in Ohio in 5/80.
OK, I get it now! I was referencing the Steve Saunders article which stated that the first US models were from May, 1981.

Thanks, everybody!



 

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Enter VIN Number Does this help?
VIN 1HFSC0216BA10
DECODED 1981 Honda GL1100I
Country UNITED STATES
Make Honda
Vehicle Type Motorcycle
Model GL1100I
Check Digit 6
Model Year 1981
Assy. Plant Marysville, OH
Production Seq. Number 10
Motorcycles Type Street
Fuel Type Gasoline
Mobile6 Class. MC
Vehicle Class On Road Motorcycle
Engine Type 4cyl
Engine Displacement 1085 cc
Manufacturer American Honda Motor Co, Inc.

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I always thought and bragged at times that my 81 was built in Japan, and as the old saying goes , you learn something new everyday and I just did. My plate says the same thing, made in the USA. Never looked that close and I've had her 28 yrs.
 

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What i like is when other bikers say you ride a jap bike is to show them the vin plate with made in usa on it shuts them up real fast
 

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You want to know you're bikes history but you blank out the VIN #? I don't understand this behaviour.
 

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rgbeard wrote:
You want to know you're bikes history but you blank out the VIN #?
Only the insignificant serial portion of the number

rgbeard wrote:
I don't understand this behaviour.
Really, you don't see the value of maintaining a bit of Internet anonymity? Heck, it's part of the reason for my username.
 

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I guess I got over internet anonymity.

I'm involved in quite a bit of stuff that's published on the 'net.

My home address, and phone # is easy to find, as a Google of my name yields lots of Jaguar-related stuff, including a local club of which I'm the membership director.

When I post car or bike photos I don't fuzz-out the license plates either.

Yeah, I'm over anonymity.

Russell Beard "Rusty"
15372 Spyglass Dr.
Lake Elsinore CA 92530
 

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BTW, I can explain why your valve covers say made in Japan (at least partially). The specific covers on your bike currently are not the original covers. The old ones were junk and were replaced with a different set.
 

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vabikeguy wrote:
BTW, I can explain why your valve covers say made in Japan (at least partially). The specific covers on your bike currently are not the original covers. The old ones were junk and were replaced with a different set.
How can you be so sure? If it was produced in 10/80 with parts from Japan, it is possible that it got valve covers from an '80 model supply.



This is a problem with purchasing used.... you rarely know the history.
 

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vabikeguy wrote:
BTW, I can explain why your valve covers say made in Japan (at least partially). The specific covers on your bike currently are not the original covers. The old ones were junk and were replaced with a different set.
How can you be so sure? If it was produced in 10/80 with parts from Japan, it is possible that it got valve covers from an '80 model supply.



This is a problem with purchasing used.... you rarely know the history.
Because I sold him that Goldwing and I personally replaced the valve covers.
 

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Lil Pete wrote:
What did you replace the 1100 with? Or was it not your normal ride?
GL1100 was a great ride and I'd still have it, if I were allowed to own more than one motorcycle at a time. I picked up a new KLR650.
 
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