The Honda CBR250R created a big splash when it was launched for an affordable price earlier this year. The 250cc motorcycle, which ticked all the right boxes when it came to the performance and features front has been under the scanner for quite some time now due to various niggles reported by its owners from across the country. Apart from poor quality on some of the parts used, owners have been complaining about inordinate delays in spare parts being available apart from the other big issue of Honda dealers being instructed to stop selling spares over the counter.Finally, recall time it is for the CBR250R.
The first batch of the Honda CBR250R have been the motorcycles that have borne the brunt of inconsistent quality, and Honda has quietly began contacting CBR250R owners for a recall. One of ICB’s readers, whom we will not name for obvious reasons, was also called by Honda dealer to bring is CBR250R in for a so called “check up” in which parts like the grab rails were replaced and the various nuts and bolts of footpegs/mirrors were checked. We have been hearing complaints of rusting on these parts and this measure seems to be a corrective recall by Honda.
2011 Honda CBR250R
Our reader also notes that the Honda dealer also inspected the “welding of Engine Cowl” for possible defects. All in all, we’re happy that Honda is pro-actively acting upon buyer feedback and sorting out the quality issues that the first batch of CBR250Rs faced. Going forward, sorting out the timely availability of spare parts should be Honda’s first concern as this is something that owners of almost all Honda motorcycles and scooters being sold in India seem to face. Also, Honda dealers refusing to sell spare parts over the counter is another issue that begs for regulatory intervention at the earliest. With competition heightening in the 200-250cc motorcycle space, Honda will need to sort out these issues if it intends to maintain its market share in this rapidly growing segment.
2011 Honda CBR250R
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