The ID guide is still available but not widely used by the dealers. helm inc is the publisher for the book for honda and I got their website through the honda website.quote:
Are you talking about the Honda Motorcycle Identification Guide? They still make those and you can order them at any dealer. Mine goes from 1959 to 1998. Has a single pic of each model, vin numbers, engine numbers, major design changes.
There is also rumor of a service parts cross reference. I've never seen one, I have seen a scan of a page out of one. It had no pics, but listed model vins, part numbers for various service parts and some way of cross referencing those numbers with other models that the part would fit. Things like a CB175 rear sprocket will fit CB125, CB160 etc. Hugely valuable to a restorer and very rare. At one time I searched high and low for one.
I have a good friend that's the parts manager at a dealer...wonder if he would give me the CD's for their outdated parts system when they get a yearly update.
The book I am talking about is the service parts cross reference. A friend of mine in the south who runs a motorcycle yard has one from 1979 and it is the cross reference plus the id guide in one book. The only other copy I saw was at the warehouse of an old defunct honda dealer and I wasn't allowed to touch it, but I was too busy oogling the cb750s still in crates.
Edited by - Geeto67 on Jun 03 2006 6:30:13 PM