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11-13-2019 05:52 PM
José Gomes Pedro I visited the new ATAS2020. Looks great and just by sitting on it, i'm almost certain that some real improvements were considered. BUT...nevertheless I took my mini-flashlight and started to noose around the old "new" frame details...guys it's the same pile of horse dumping. I'm was not expecting that...I'm speechless...and strangely comforted with the status. The new Honda pray is "this is our standard product finish" ... all my weight was used agains me...the perfect OSOTO-GARY! ippon! I quit!
11-13-2019 09:30 AM
José Gomes Pedro Olá Pedro. Podes me enviar uma mensagem privada por mail! jose.gomes.pedro
Estou a tentar resolver o problema com a Honda. Apresentam soluções que não são viáveis. Pintura local etc. O teu quadro é o branco?
11-11-2019 10:57 PM
Robert Detjen My ATAS is a 2018, number 816 off the line on Kumamoto. It's also a K. I really want to siphon some gas out from a low spot because I'm starting to get some sputtering when first starting up. Frame paint seems fine - but they really put no thought into servicing this thing. And the only tools I got were a crappy screwdriver and a piece if cable. A bike this expensive should come with all the tools needed to change a tire and the oil.
10-28-2019 04:17 PM
Honda777 [email protected], I, and I believe many others, fully agree with you. All these problems you list and more you do not list, we Honda ATAS owners are experiencing, are very disappointing, at least. The more I ride the bike and 'tinker' with it, the more I realize how the bike seems to be 'slapped' together. I have owned my ATAS for 7 months now and she has spend about 55 days in service for warranty work, waiting for backordered parts, waiting for Honda USA reply, etc. New buyers should be fully aware of what some, if not most of current owner, are going thru.
10-28-2019 01:37 PM
pedrodamiaof Boas. Estou a ter o mesmo problema com a minha ATAS 2018. Já conseguiste resolver a tua situação? Obrigado.
10-10-2019 12:51 PM
José Gomes Pedro GRIZ: I think thats Honda Kikuchi Plant. My bike is also a K. Today I got a feedback after the second evaluation of my problem. Still say that it can be fixed with painting to the local affected zones. Anyway I continue to discover a really low level paint job. Full of grain and bad usage of a paint gun. It amazes me why would HONDA put in circulation such a bad example of work and on one of the most iconic bikes. I got some weird explanations but this time I requested a full report with fotos of the damaged places. Next step escalate and if not ... social media!
10-03-2019 10:34 PM
[email protected] My frame welds were very poor on my 2018 ATAS.

10-03-2019 06:37 PM
VFMoore Griz: Thanks, that is interesting. If I am reading that correctly my ATAS was the 554th one off of the line out of Kumamoto. Makes me wonder if my #(%*^& tank fuel pump problem was in the middle front or back of the tank lot that got over-spray inside. Maybe that was a stateside legacy and the Europeans got none of it.
10-03-2019 02:21 PM
Grizzly 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:

Manufacturer:Honda Japan
CRF1000A2/Africa Twin Adventure Sports
Kumamoto Japan
Sequential number:

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

Assembly plant
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.
10-03-2019 11:07 AM
José Gomes Pedro It was my plan to get the 2020. Depends on how they're going to manage this situation. I've pushed back the first solution. Opened a support case with them and require a better fix. New frame or complete frame strip and repaint. Let's see how this goes. Will keep this post updated.
By the way, anyone got these false-ignitions when match reeving?
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