The worst decision I've ever made was to buy this bike. In the past year I have spent more than $1000 in replacing tyres, disc pads and the drive chain and sprocket. Now it's been in the mechanic's for 3 WEEKS while they try to fix an unforced stall. The delay is in Honda's tardiness in delivering the parts required- Global Warming moves faster! No apologies forthcoming and certainly no hint of compensation, even though they have been offering rebates to new purchasers and I paid full price and seem to keep paying one way or another. I had originally hoped that this would be a cheap commuting option- how wrong I was. What a lemon!!!
Wouldn't surprise me if "DaleK" is really our pal DudeMan... it has been awhile since he's come in here to stir up sh!t and serve up more of his famous turd sandwiches. After re-reading the post, it strikes me as having his trademark "all over the place" rambling tone to it.
Me and pretty much everyone I know has ridden Honda bikes for the past 25 years. I've had 4 different Honda dirt bikes, my dad's owned a cbr 600rr and a f4i, and now I'm on my CBR 250. Never had a single problem with any of them.
I don't think Honda has the capability to make a bad motorcycle, you must have gotten really unlucky to get a bad one.
I'm sure Honda just like everyone else has produced some lemons. I remember Gold wing frames cracking a decade ago as an example. I don't however believe the company does it intentionaly.
I don't know anything about the execs at Honda or their agendas but I'd wager that the big man (Mr Honda) hates the very idea of producing anything less than a perfect machine. I think he and his standards alone are responsible for the company's good rep.
While not infallible, I think they're a bit farther ahead than their competition in the reliability department.
The road to enlightenment is more fun on a motorcycle.