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Thanks, but I said in my original post that I had used the VIN....sadly, that only gives the Manufacturing Year, and apparently nothing about the Model year. Unfortunately, design changes – which is what I am trying to check – seem to be based on Model year.
I guess I don't know how they do it in your country. All my titles and registrations show the model year of the vehicle. It's a pretty safe guess that any Wing built from 11/19 through 10/20 is a 2020 model. If the build date is Jan-Oct it's a pretty safe bet that the manufacture year is the model year. If it has a trunk you should be able to tell if it's larger. Those are the best clues I can think of.
 

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AussieChris: that is fascinating input– thank you SO much!

Almost every VIN description I found talks about the 10th digit being the Manufacturing Year. I did notice that some said Model Year – but that seemed to be random and not aimed at Honda in particular.
 

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I'm beginning to realise that the date of registration is of little value when trying to understand the model year (as regards design changes). MUCH better is to know the 2 other items shown on the VIN plate: Model year and Build month/year. So that's the place to look!
 

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Yes just confirmed what has been said. Your VIN is for model year 2022 built for that year in 2021. In the first post I believe the writer said his was a K which was for model year 2019. My two GL1800s 2001 and 2005 were both built for their respective model years but were at the Dealerships in December the year prior.
 
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If the build date is Jan-Oct it's a pretty safe bet that the manufacture year is the model year.
I don't think you can use that as a general rule, since this VIN plate (from a Honda Safety Recall) for a 2002 Model GL1800 shows a build date of June 2001! My research shows a similar situation with later VIN plates.

I note that the year indicated here in the VIN ("2") matches the Model Year shown – which, as AussieChris says, does seem to be consistently true for Honda.

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Just to elaborate on my last post, here is the information from all the GL1800 VIN plates I have managed to find using Google search.

Model year — VIN year — Build date
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2001 — 2001 — Dec-00
2001 — 2001 — Nov-00
2002 — 2002 — Jun-01
2003 — 2003 — Jan-03
2003 — 2003 — Mar-03
2004 — 2004 — Jul-03
2004 — 2004 — Jun-04
2005 — 2005 — Aug-04
2005 — 2005 — Sep-04
2005 — 2005 — May-05
2005 — 2005 — Dec-05
2006 — 2006 — May-06
2008 — 2008 — Mar-08
2008 — 2008 — Jun-08
2010 — 2010 — Jun-09
2012 — 2012 — May-11
2012 — 2012 — Jun-11
2013 — 2013 — Sep-12
2013 — 2013 — Jan-13
2013 — 2013 — Feb-13
2014 — 2014 — Dec-13
2016 — 2016 — Nov-15
2016 — 2016 — Jan-16
2016 — 2016 — Feb-16
2016 — 2016 — Mar-16
2016 — 2016 — Nov-15
2016 — 2016 — Mar-16
2018 — 2018 — Dec-17

"VIN Year" means the year represented by the 10th digit of the VIN
I have enboldened the build dates which occur more than 2 months before the start of the model year.
 

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I don't think you can use that as a general rule, since this VIN plate (from a Honda Safety Recall) for a 2002 Model GL1800 shows a build date of June 2001! My research shows a similar situation with later VIN plates.

I note that the year indicated here in the VIN ("2") matches the Model Year shown – which, as AussieChris says, does seem to be consistently true for Honda.

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I thought we were talking 2018+.
 

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"I was not impressed - particularly with the low speed maneuverability "
I was not impressed with my ability to handle low speed maneuverability when I first got my 2019 DCT. I've been dragging the friction zone my entire riding time There is a learning curve, took my cycle to an empty mall parking lot improved my skill dragging the brake instead of using he friction zone. 20K miles in I can slow speed maneuver this Wing as well as any I've owned. You took a short test ride right? If you owned the DCT you could enjoy getting over the learning curve like I did. As to the year of a cycle. I like to lay eyes on the cycle and find the VIN stamp with the year. Happy shopping.
The DCT has a friction zone with the clutches, I can feel it, very sensitive, but its there.
 

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I hope this small piece of information helps, I have a 2019 model registered December 2020 and it is in Hawkeye blue.
As far as I know this colour was NOT available on the 2020 models ( with larger pillion grips etc).
 
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