Understanding Circle Y Serial Numbers
How I read Circle Y Serial numbers is as follows.
1. I look at the first 4 numbers to note the model number
2. I look at the ending numbers in the serial numbers to see what ones best fit the month and year made such as 0904 which would be September of 2004, then I have a starting place to begin to look at what year category I need to find in the chart below.
So if the saddle was made in 2004 I look at the center column and see if the rest of the numbers make sense such as tree size, saddle leather color, seat color, etc. If it is a 2006 to present then the first category, if it is 1990 to the year 2006 but not including 2006 then the middle column. When in doubt call Circle Y at 1-800-531-3600
This is an example of a newer saddle made in 2006 we see on the second line. So we know where to start now. The first 4 numbers are the serial number, the 5th number which is an "8" is the seat color or Apache distressed, the 6th and 7th number indicate the tree size so 50=15" seat, the 8th number = saddle color so "0" = Dark antique oil, the 9th and 10th number indicate the tree size which is -05 on this one which is the wide tree. Then we have the year on the second line which is 2006 and the rest of the numbers we are not told how to read.
This is an example of an saddle made in 10 00 or October of 2000 so now we know where to start on our chart. The first 4 numbers are the serial number, the 5th number which is an "2" is which equals the tree type for this year of saddle ....any number other than a "5" is a semi quarter tree. The 6th and 7th number indicate the tree size so 70=17" seat, the 8th number = saddle color so "0" = Dark antique oil, the 9th and 10th number indicate the year made on this saddle which we found was 10 for October and 00 for the year 2000. The last numbers were are not told what they mean.
This last one is an example of an older saddle where all we can learn from the number under the fender is the model number is 3997, 1=semi qtr tree, made in September of 1988. The numbering system was very poor throughout the 1980's and very little info may be derived from some saddle metal tags or stamping under the fenders.