I couldn't get it to work in the VIN decoder either.
How do my letters and numbers align with your own VIN ids? In other words, does a Honda VIN always start with three numbers, then two letters then two numbers etc etc. Or, is it all completely random?
The VIN number doesn't always start with three numbers, sometimes it starts with a combination of letters and numbers. The first three digits (number or letter) represents the country it was made in, manufacturer, and type of vehicle. In this case, "478" means: Honda, all terrain vehicle, manufactured in USA.
The next 5 digits denotes the model code. In this case, "TE21U", indicates it's a TRX250 TM/TE which means it's a TRX250 Recon, 2wd, manual shift or
2wd, electric shift.
The ninth digit is a check code. If the check code isn't correct, it means the VIN number is fake. I don't know how they get the check code, other than it's determined mathematically by the first 8 digits of the VIN number. The tenth digit is the year of manufacture, in this case, "X" which means it was manufactured in 1999. The 11th digit is the assembly plant and the rest of the numbers are just the number of ATVs manufactured. The number gets higher for each ATV manufactured.
So, according to your VIN number, you have a 1999 Honda TRX250 Recon.