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04-19-2019 12:48 PM
RayCollington My opinion on this for what it's worth, I wouldn't accept the 30day rubbish as it was clearly manufactured and left the factory as shown. While my new AT does have some of this on the front of the engine castings (see earlier threads about engine casting dies) it is not enough to bother me and clearly met Honda QC checks. Your photographs are high resolution so are difficult to compare with my engine. The last thing I would want however is the dealer messing trying to repaint the crankcase or even worse trying to replace it. I accept you may have high standards and be unwilling to live with it. I think I am with fuelpincher on this, if your engine is the same as mine and probably the same as thousands of other AT engines, I would roll with it and enjoy the bike.
04-19-2019 07:34 AM
Davy F While changing my oil today, I took a pic of my said earlier, about as perfect as one could expect from a mass produced part.
02-15-2019 05:46 PM
Originally Posted by VFMoore View Post
Gary: How have you had such a beautiful bike for over 6 months of living in a state with great riding and only put on 1,000 miles?
It's called winter.

And I've said it before: I don't ride in the cold. Or for that matter when it's raining. I might have double the miles from Aug - Oct. (actually got the bike last day of July) but the rain here, over the last year or so, has been epic, nearly biblical. I swear, it's gotten so bad it sometimes comes close to driving me mad.

In my younger days I rode year round. I rode in rain, sleet, even light snow. No more.

And I won't be taking her out in the rain anytime soon either. I'll get wet when I have to when we get around to the longer trips, but will avoid it whenever possible. And we *will* plan our trips with an eye on the weather.

Ironically, I now have the gear to keep me relatively dry (nothing special yet, no rain-suit, but stupidly expensive jacket and pants) and a bike with a nice big windscreen, but when I rode in my late teens and 20s it was naked bikes and layered up, jean jacket, a parka for the cold and shịtty gloves.

I guess a good analogy for me might be spending time with a beautiful woman on the beach in the glorious sun, or spending time with the same woman in a cold, damp hovel, neither of us at our best. If it came down to no time at all unless the uncomfortable hovel, of course I'd be there, but it doesn't have to be so.

I'm not Mr. Gung-ho -- guilty as charged. But if it's warm and dry? I'm up for *anything.*


02-15-2019 04:23 PM
VFMoore Gary: How have you had such a beautiful bike for over 6 months of living in a state with great riding and only put on 1,000 miles?
02-15-2019 01:07 PM
garyh Maybe it's only fair to show some pictures of what I feel is a pretty nicely cast and finished engine casing. This is just one side, more exposed with the toolbox off. But the other side looks just the same, as does the front and anywhere I can see. There's a little bit of speckling/ dimpling behind the plug mount you can just see in the pic on this one side, but overall, I'd say it looks really nice.

I've only had the bike since last July and just over 1k miles on it, but I have yet to find any serious issues with paint or finish anywhere.

The only thing that is a bit off is how the fairing matches up to the tank at the top rear sides--shown in another post, but not something that worries me too much. (A little more gap on one side vs. the other).

So far, no rust, no paint or finish issues, no rough stuff in the hard to reach or see places... and I go over it with a fine tooth comb and toothbrush (literally) cleaning it.

Maybe there are some quality control issues at the factory, but I'm happy to say nothing shows up on my bike and maybe they're doing a better job more recently?


02-14-2019 09:21 PM
Originally Posted by Shez View Post
Hi Fuelpincher, you make a valid point but the world has moved on. Some people buy the brand and the dreams that go with them. Ownership is as much of a pleasure than riding the bike along the rocky trails is.

If Honda want to capture all they have to cater for all and a bit of feedback on scabby bits won't hurt them.

I recently spoke to a friend who said that in this modern era of manufacturing the consumer shouldn't expect to be sold parts covered in splatter, after all , do we see the many Range Rovers constructed of tatty metals. They just wouldn't sell.

This post is as about standards and the relationship between the consumer and the manufacturer. I think Honda are slipping and have knowingly sold bikes that aren't to todays standards in terms of those engine casings.

If I want a flash bike with a scabby finish I'll save myself Honda's RRP on the At and look elsewhere. There are plenty of decent bikes to be had with no crank case splatter.
Any How, hope you enjoyed your Chrismas
Have you ever looked under a Range Rover, its not pretty, makes the worst looking Honda look like a beauty queen, but it doesn't stop them selling
02-14-2019 01:56 PM
PTwin Cover it in mud you'll never see it again.
02-14-2019 10:28 AM
Axel F Hi, first post and sorry to revive an old thread. Just picked brand new ATAS dct up today and when fitting fenda extender noticed the quality of the finish to engine casings. Has this been a common issue, is it just something to expect? Thanks in advance

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12-26-2017 11:22 AM
Davy F I know deliveries were delayed, as was production when the earthquake hit Japan in 2016, but the first 1000+ bikes (including mine) had already been shipped. The dealers in the UK were unable to fulfill orders once the initial batch had been sold (mostly pre-orders) due to this disaster. This may help explain shoddy cases slipping through the net as Honda struggled to fill order books, but it doesn’t excuse poor quality.
12-26-2017 10:48 AM
Shez That's good to know Davy F. The problem seems to have been with a batch of uk 2017 models. I know that the uk 2016 models weren't affected as the problem seems to have developed when one of the production plants got hit by some sort of natural disaster and Honda had to do some sort of cobble it together job at another factory.

I'd be interested in knowing whether or not you AT is a 2016 or 2017 model and if it's the latter when and roughly where it was purchased i.e. sounds like you will have a uk bike being from N.I.

Your bike may have been produced pre natural disaster etc.
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