Just curious, I follow 2 different AT forums, and several AT facebook groups. It seems like it's always European owners who have this issue.
Are the AT's bound for the USA manufactured in a different location as the EURO bikes? I'm yet to see a USA bike with the bad welds, frame paint, etc.
So this question of mine led me down the VIN decoder route.
according to that site here is the info on my bike:
CRF1000A2/Africa Twin Adventure Sports
It would be interesting to see if we could find a trend. TO see if it could be narrowed down to which Honda factory these problem Africa's have come out of.
Plant Codes from Wikipedia not sure how accurate as my plant code (11th position in VIN) is K and K is not listed
VIN Code Description
A Marysville, Ohio, USA
B Lincoln, Alabama, USA
C Sayama, Saitama, Japan
E Greensburg, Indiana, USA
G El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico
H Alliston, Ontario, Canada
L East Liberty, Ohio, USA
M Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico
P Ayutthaya, Thailand
S Suzuka, Mie, Japan
T Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan
U Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.