The First Two Pairs of Pan Models

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Re: The First Two Pairs of Pan Models

Postby Keith Legge » 08 Sep 2014, 13:14

kep-upc1 wrote:Does anybody really care??

:roflmao: Nope.
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Winter reading: the term “model” means what for these Pans?

Postby David W » 09 Nov 2014, 23:46

We could go on and look at other pairs of Pan models produced for model years through 1995 and/or year codes through S. All such models were built in pairs like those we've looked at, with only one exception: The 1995 NEST police Pan model (or non-Spanish police S model) had no Spanish counterpart (hence it was not built paired to another model).

But it is time to step back and see what is apparent from the two pairs of Pan models we have looked at. They give us four examples of models. From them, I think we can now say what the term “model” means for those Pans.
(Specifically, we can see what Honda means by the term model.)

The first two NEST Pan models (as well as all pre-’96 NEST Pan models) are identified by shorter, old-style frame numbers, instead of by longer VINs. Frame numbers of the form
SC26-200xxxx characterize the NEST Pan L or 1990 model; those of the form
SC26-210xxxx characterize the NEST Pan M or ‘91 model.
Thus, a NEST Pan model is any collection of Pans identified by old-style frame numbers that differ only in their last four characters (which are always digits because they are part of the frame serial number).

The first two Spanish Pan models (and all pre-’96 Spanish Pans) had VINs of a sort for their frame numbers. VINs of the form

JH2SC269*0M00xxxx characterize the Spanish Pan L or 1990 model; those of the form
JH2SC269*0M10xxxx characterize the Spanish Pan M or ‘91 model.
(Both asterisks * shown are a placeholder for the “check digit” of the VIN.)
So a pre-1996, Spanish Pan model is any collection of pre-’96 Pans that have VINs, where those VINs differ only in their last four characters (which are all digits) or in their check digit.

That definition of a pre-’96 Spanish Pan model may seem a bit clumsy, but it is important for the following reason: Except for the pre-’96 NEST Pans, all Pans and ST1100s worldwide have VINs as frame numbers, and those VINs can be grouped into models the same way as above in the Spanish case: when those VINS differ only in their last four digits, or in their check digit, we have what Honda calls a model. (That is also true of ABS models and Police models even though we have no example here.)
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“Earlier” here means through model year 1995 or through year code S. After 1995, all Pans had VINs, and even the VINS of the Spanish Pans took on a different form than those described above. The term NEST Pan is short for Non-spanish Earlier ST1100-type Pan.
Why don’t we say “last five digits” instead of “last four” digits? It is because Honda used the fifth-to-last digit to identify a Police Pan (code 5) as opposed to any non-Police Pan (code 0). (Honda also used that digit to identify Aussie models although the Aussies aren't covered here.)
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