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The new year, "Heisei 1," officially began at midnight, January 8.
Therefore, 1989 is regarded as both Year "Showa 64" (the first 7 days) and Year "Heisei 1" (the rest of the year).
It should be pointed out that these date codes relate to the manufacture date of the part and not the Motorcycle, but in general it is normal to see a date of between 0 to 2 months before manufacture date of the bike.
On the top of the swing arm, by the grease nipple, is the date code. On the back side of the Torque Arm is the number which follows the same procedure as the swing arm (although the month number is only 1 digit for Jan to Sept). This torque arm is 5 5 which like the Swing Arm would be May 1975.
This rim is stamped 1077 and is therefore of October 1977 manufacture.Imperial dates are formatted with the name of the era followed by year, month, and day. The year number 1 is never used to indicate the first year of era.According to Japanese legend, Emperor Akihito, is Japan's 125th imperial sovereign in an unbroken line from Emperor Jimmu, who ascended the throne in about 660 B. Japan's is the world's oldest existing hereditary monarchy.The traditional Japanese calendar consists of eras based on the reigning emperors.
The imperial date format is required for some government documents and applications.For instance, Hirohito ascended the throne on December 26, 1926, and that day, the new era, "Showa," started; "Showa" lasted for 62 years and two weeks, until his death on January 7, 1989.