is provided free of charge as a service to the motorcycling
community, world-wide. Entries are keyed on VINs (Vehicle Identification
Numbers) which end with at least 5 digits. For most manufacturers, the
last 5 or 6 digits pretty much accurately show the order in which the bikes
were built. This can be useful information.
If you are concerned about security, you don't have to put in the entire VIN, although I encourage you to do so. The minimum S/N (serial number, an alias for VIN) you can use is 5 digits. Some folks, you may notice, have used their name and 5 digits, like: EDWARDABBEY12345
Permission to use these registries is DENIED to anyone who wishes to mine the email addresses contained therein. The folks who registered here and provided their addresses did so as a convenience to other registrants only, and NOT because they want to get spammed...
I created the first version of the Registry for the Suzuki TL1000 in December of 1996, and soon thereafter cloned it for the Honda VTR1000. Both original Registries were done with cgi-bin programs written in C. This version is done in Perl, with the data in XML format, and uses configuration files to allow many different motorcycle models to be supported. It also has quite a number of improvements over the original Registries.
These pages were rewritten (or "refactored", to use current programming jargon) for "current" browsers in December of 2006, so if you are running anything older than IE7, Firefox 2.0, Netscape 8 or Opera 9 then you won't get the style and effects I intended, but you should still be able to get all the content and functionality.
My working environment is a Mac Mini Core Duo running OS/X, a 21" LCD monitor, using ssh and the excellent Transmit ftp client from Panic, Inc. Next to it sits my old Dell WinXP system, which I use primarily for compatibility testing. The server is Linux & Apache, PHP, Perl PostgreSQL and the usual complement of GNU tools...