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My "2012" (?) 650 Executive's VIN label indicates it was built 11/11.
Does this make it a 2011 or a 2012??
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As your signature says its an L1 model, indicating a 2011 model year.
The year designation code is normally found on the registration documents model section.

The Suzuki Model Year convention is
K = The decade 2000-2009 with the number representing the actual year
L = 2010-2019.
M = 2020-2029
 

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In the US "model year" is a somewhat nebulous thing, defined more by what manufacturer's want it to be than by actual data of manufacture as is done elsewhere. For example, my wife's "2003" Toyota Highlander was made in December of 2002. Nonetheless it is legally designated a 2003 model and titled as such.

This is common practice, the "2014 models" of most automobiles and other vehicles will be available for purchase by late September--some even sooner...
 

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L-1 would be a 2011 but It's what ever is on your registration card that counts. :wink:
 

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Thanks for the responses guys. :thumbup:
The main reason I asked was to see if I got what I paid for. After all, why pay for a '12 when it's an '11. :D
The point is probably moot anyway. From what I've gathered so far, there doesn't seem to any difference between an 11 and a 12.

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You can decode your VIN here:

http://www.motoverse.com/tools/vinDecoder.asp

and it will tell you the year or you can just look at the tenth digit in your VIN to determine - since 2010 the code is:

A=2010
B=2011
C-2012
D=2013

BTW - in MA it does make a difference what year it is as the newer the model year of a bike the more you pay for excise tax.
 

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I had forgotten about excise tax. After living in Massachusetts for 45 years I left, 22 years ago, and have never looked back.

Our June 1991 Commonwealth Electric bill (1500 ft², oil heat w/ electric stove/dryer/water heater--no AC) was $243--the highest Florida Power & Light bill we have had here was $235--last August (1750 ft², central AC/heat pump, stove/dryer/water heater; and a 150 ft² air conditioned radio shack)...
 

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Thanks for info guys! :thumbup:

My confusion stemmed from the fact that my paperwork indicated the bike is a 2012, but the nameplate data indicates it was built in November of 2011.
So in my mind it could have been either a 2011 or a 2012.
The VIN clarifies it all since the 10th character is a C which is indeed a 2012.
 

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For automobiles the model year usually starts in Sept. When I worked on the line at Chrysler we had the month of August off for model change. However a small number of test run cars were made before the model change so a car could be made for next year at least 6 months before Jan. 1st. (Note: That was 45 years ago.)
 
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