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I got the cbr in march.
There is a lot of rusting.
I alfeady posted a couple of pictures on the forum.

Last week hondA delear called and said thdy needed to replace some wASHERS.

They spend full day on it.

Entry in workshop not allowed. So I dont know what they did.


A rusting parts are still there.

I live in india.

Dont know whom to approach.
 

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Go with you bike to the service center and get the nuts and bolts and grab rails replaced. It is actually something good Ive heard from honda. They will also add rubber caps for the screws on the RVMs. I'l be going this saturday to get it done. Just tell them you've come for the kit replacement (its free of cost) and if you are lucky enough you might also end up getting a free can engine oil :)
 

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Contact your Honda dealer.

They are changing the rusted/poorly finished parts. I've already received a call from the dealer to replace the rusty headlight stay and the mirror which has paint peeling off it. There are people I know who have actually gone in for the ridiculously overpriced Ninja 250 with "poor parts quality on the CBR" being a very important part of the decision making process.

Honda appears to be pulling up it's socks at last. They want the CBR customer to go in for the larger capacity bikes in a couple of years and suddenly they've woken up to the fact that their flagship here is getting the reputation of a bike made with substandard parts, for which spares are not available. Not the best way to hang on to your customer when KTM, Triumph and a host of other companies are eyeing what is possibly the second biggest bike market in the world.
 

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Thank you for the heads up on this matter. I read the article and hope my Thai made bike doesn't suffer the same fate as the India units. I'm going to have my bike thoroughly looked over while it's at Honda Powerhouse having the rims powder coated along with some other mods. Disconcerting to say the least.
 

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Bad welds are disconcerting. As for the rest - I'm a fair weather rider in California who keeps his bike clean so if there's a tendency towards rust it will probably be years before I notice it.
 

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I live a stone's throw from the Pacific ocean (salt air) and my Thai built 250 is not showing signs of rust or any other defects. This leads me to believe it's only been a problem at the India plant.
This sucks big time, considering how many bikes have been built out of the Indian facility.
At least it made it to the news so hopefully Honda steps up and takes care of it.
I shudder when I think back some years ago to when they had problems with Goldwing frames cracking. Honda denied the problem for a good couple of years before they did anything. Their eventual solution was to have the customer bring his/her Goldwing to a dealer for inspection. If it showed signs of cracking the dealer would put a nice fugly weld on it free of charge.
 

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I had one of the goldwings that had to be re-welded. You would think honda would have learned there lesson after that big expensive mess. They also had a big problem with overheating and some transmission problems. Thats why i got rid of that honda. To many problems. Now all this crap with the new 250.
 

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As far as I've read is isolated to the Indian made cbr250r(MC42) the Thai made cbr(MC41) has seen no problems(mine included).
 

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Go with you bike to the service center and get the nuts and bolts and grab rails replaced. It is actually something good Ive heard from honda. They will also add rubber caps for the screws on the RVMs. I'l be going this saturday to get it done. Just tell them you've come for the kit replacement (its free of cost) and if you are lucky enough you might also end up getting a free can engine oil :)

Hey Harsh.. what honda center are u referring to? I called up OM SAI Honda and they have no clue :(
 

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Thank you for the heads up on this matter. I read the article and hope my Thai made bike doesn't suffer the same fate as the India units. I'm going to have my bike thoroughly looked over while it's at Honda Powerhouse having the rims powder coated along with some other mods. Disconcerting to say the least.

I am sure that this problem is specifically for the Indian manufactured CBR's..Think it is extremely bad for Honda, especially when the CBR's are now picking up sales..I have read somewhere in this forum about rusting within 3 months of purchase.. I do not have this problem yet.. fingers crossed :)
 

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Honda building low quality bikes in the likes of Harleys? now that's dissappointing!
Everybody needs to stop blowing this issue out of proportion. A few streaks of rust running down from a washer, bolt, or the odd weld that didn't quite get sealed with paint doesn't mean Honda is building junk. Did you read the article about what the service campaign entails? It is no big deal and has nothing to do with some of the other stories people have posted about neglecting their chain until it got so loose it wore a hole in the case, or letting the bike sit under salt water for a week due to flood and wondering why the paint on the engine is damaged, or never doing their valve adjustment or changing their oil until something went wrong because it wasn't convenient.
 

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Everybody needs to stop blowing this issue out of proportion. A few streaks of rust running down from a washer, bolt, or the odd weld that didn't quite get sealed with paint doesn't mean Honda is building junk. Did you read the article about what the service campaign entails? It is no big deal and has nothing to do with some of the other stories people have posted about neglecting their chain until it got so loose it wore a hole in the case, or letting the bike sit under salt water for a week due to flood and wondering why the paint on the engine is damaged, or never doing their valve adjustment or changing their oil until something went wrong because it wasn't convenient.
I'd agree it's no big deal - until you face several of the same quality issues for no fault of your own. :) I'd say these are irritations, though, but when a product is a "premium" product (here in India), customers can get a bit intolerant of the same. I know how it felt listening to the song of the plastics that effortlessly drowned out the engine over 6000rpm, until I sorted that out (the service centre was clueless as to how to stop it).

A rattly dashboard will be viewed very differently by the entry level subcompact owner and somebody who has just forked out several times that for a S class Merc. Bear in mind the average customer has already faced 2 and 3 month waits for consumables such as oil filters, shims, etc. What are you supposed to do during the interim period? Stop using the bike for 3 months? Most Honda service centres have several crashed bikes, some of them sitting there for more than 2 months waiting for the relevant spares. All letters to their customer care mail ID about defective/unavailable parts were replied to with the same form letter expressing concern (hahaha), follow up mails are met with a mulish silence.

Honda should never have allowed things to get to this stage. Maybe that is why owners here are a bit upset with what are in reality minor, non safety related issues.
 

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I'd agree it's no big deal - until you face several of the same quality issues for no fault of your own. :) I'd say these are irritations, though, but when a product is a "premium" product (here in India), customers can get a bit intolerant of the same. I know how it felt listening to the song of the plastics that effortlessly drowned out the engine over 6000rpm, until I sorted that out (the service centre was clueless as to how to stop it).

A rattly dashboard will be viewed very differently by the entry level subcompact owner and somebody who has just forked out several times that for a S class Merc. Bear in mind the average customer has already faced 2 and 3 month waits for consumables such as oil filters, shims, etc. What are you supposed to do during the interim period? Stop using the bike for 3 months? Most Honda service centres have several crashed bikes, some of them sitting there for more than 2 months waiting for the relevant spares. All letters to their customer care mail ID about defective/unavailable parts were replied to with the same form letter expressing concern (hahaha), follow up mails are met with a mulish silence.

Honda should never have allowed things to get to this stage. Maybe that is why owners here are a bit upset with what are in reality minor, non safety related issues.
+1 on arn.
Honda delars are quite relectant in this part of world.
 

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Hey Harsh.. what honda center are u referring to? I called up OM SAI Honda and they have no clue :(
Im referring to the venetian honda (borivali). But all the service centers i know are getting it done. I talked to a few cbr owners (xbhpians) and they have got it already replaced. I had gone to the dealer but it was somewhat late for the day. He already had many CBRs to fix or service so have planned to go this weekend. PM me your no. we can have a talk regarding it.
 
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