It's really too bad that a company with such a good reputation is willing to piss it away over something as simple as poor tolerances in the valve train.
I think it's pretty amazing that a company as large as Honda can design a brand new bike from the ground up with great looks, modern features, at an amazingly low price and the worst problem most of them are seeing is a bit of rattle. (With apparently varying causes.)
But then again, they blew it on the initial delivery of the CBR250R and the lack of parts for dealers when the 600 mile service came up.
Again, brand-new bike, brand-new parts. Dealers who hire incompetent mechanics and don't pre-order their stock.
Also, this bike was designed, developed, and manufactured for the Asian market. Selling this bike in the western world was basically an afterthought. I'm not surprised that dealers (in the U.S. especially) seem to be pretty much on their own.
Looks like they have an incompetent executive leading this project and have decided to see how far they can let it go without really doing anything to fix the issues and still turn a profit. When things do go Kablooey! they are going to find themselves hemorrhaging money.
Yeah, somehow I don't think one low-end motorcycle model is going to significantly affect the bottom line of a company like Honda if it were doing poorly. Which it isn't.