More on VIN numbers
I talked with a Yamaha guru at Barber Motorsports Museum last night about VIN numbers and he concurred that the first ones are typically destroyed due to testing, etc... Typically the 1st 100 or so. He looked at me suspiciously when I said my SCR950 had a VIN of 00035, thought about it a second and then decided it's probably the 35th USA VIN and not necessarily the overall 35th bike built. That made sense.
We had a closer look at the preproduction R1M being donated to the museum. It bore the super cool VIN of 000001.
Check out the photos. =)
That's Colin Edwards(L) and Jamie James (R) pulling the cloak off the R1M. Sorry for the poor quality. I had the flash turned off and the shutter speed was a hair slow. The two racers were nice as could be and hung around afterward to sign a few autographs and wander the museum with us, popping up here and there to talk about whatever bike we were studying at that moment. =)