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post #1 of 30 Old 12-03-2012, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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What a lemon!

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!!!
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post #2 of 30 Old 12-03-2012, 10:23 AM
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Sounds like you did get a lemon. Too bad, too, because it seems that most owners have had the exact opposite experience. I guess you are just venting and are not asking for advice, but my suggestion is that you sell the bike as soon as possible. Doesn't make economic sense to keep pouring money into this bike, especially if you are trying to reduce your commuting costs. Good luck and I am sorry that you haven't had the same great experience that I have had with the CBR250r

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I agree with ES. Doesn't work for everyone.
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post #4 of 30 Old 12-03-2012, 01:03 PM
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So... $1000 in tyres is 3 sets of sticky ones or 4+ sets of originals.. plus worn a set of pads and a chain & sprockets in a year..

I'd say you've had your money's worth.

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I say he's riding the sh!te out of the bike! Bikes not the lemon. Rider however?????


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His very first post and he wants to urinate all over the parade. I know dealerships are a pain to work with, but I'll need more details before I fully believe the problem is this bad.
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sounds like ya need to quit doing burn outs, shift at high rpms 1/2 clutched(cant find'em grindem), and riding with the brakes on.
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post #8 of 30 Old 12-03-2012, 05:12 PM
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tires, brake pads, chain and sprockets are additions to,
the motorcycle itself.. like shoes, clothing, jewelery
on a woman, they dont make the woman..

altho ridden fairly easily my cbr250r tires and pads
are still hardly worn, sprockets are perfect,
chain hasnt been actually adjusted in 11 months
[ie, ive checked it often, it hasnt been stretched]..

delays in parts or any delays in anything posted
from warehouses etc, are not down to the bike itself,
or the designers or constructors, so labelling the bike
'a lemon' must be venting, not a honda reality..

3 weeks in the workshop must be frustrating of course
but again, isnt down to the bike or to honda..

my first thought mirrors aufitts facts, 'what has he
been doing, or, not doing, with his motorcycle[?]'
dont know you from a bar of soap, but i do know
mine has exceeded my expectations, as last in
a line of four great honda road motorcycles..

anyway mate, good luck with it
and think back to all the fun you must
have had wearing everything out
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post #9 of 30 Old 12-03-2012, 05:31 PM
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Will you discuss your maintenance approach to the bike? {tire pressure checks, chain lube, etc.}

I'm not trying to go all Zen (and the Art of...) but failure to provide regular maintenance work early (if needed) or on schedule (if ridden moderately) is just as bad or worse than hot dogging the bike.

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He works for Kawasaki, relax everyone :P
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