Honda’s Kumamoto plant was damaged by last month’s earthquake and the Africa Twin delay may be longer than expected.
On the 14th of April, around 9:26 p.m, a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck Kyushu and production factories and supply chains were damaged by it. Besides Honda, other manufacturers were affected including Toyota, Bridgestone, and Mitsubishi.
Originally, Honda was hoping to have the plant up and running at full capacity again within days after the earthquake but it looks like the delay will continue beyond this timeframe because the plant was too badly damaged in the quake. Understandable since this was the largest earthquake in the History of Japan.
Partial production has been restored at the plant since May 6th and the rest of the factory’s production will resume in stages depending on their circumstances. Honda is expecting to have the plant fully recovered and operational by mid-August of this year. This means those who are waiting for their Africa Twin may experience longer than expected wait times.
We say ‘may’ because the Africa Twin is still in high demand and if Honda has to choose between cranking out CBR1000s or the new and popular ADV bike, they’ll probably choose to use what production capacity they have on the Africa Twin.