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Hi everybody,

just wondering where is assembled the new AT, anyone knows?
 

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"Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) unveiled the CRF1000L Africa Twin at the ongoing Auto Expo 2016, which started on 3 February (for media). The Japanese company also announced that the adventure motorcycle will be launched in India in the second half of the 2016. The icing on the cake was the decision to locally manufacture the vehicle in India as it would reflect in the affordable pricing."
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Probably only for the Indian market, but in the long term, who knows ?
 

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"Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) unveiled the CRF1000L Africa Twin at the ongoing Auto Expo 2016, which started on 3 February (for media). The Japanese company also announced that the adventure motorcycle will be launched in India in the second half of the 2016. The icing on the cake was the decision to locally manufacture the vehicle in India as it would reflect in the affordable pricing."
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Probably only for the Indian market, but in the long term, who knows ?
Yuck! I have a motorcycle built in India and it's not the most reliable thing I've owned. Several major issues had to be dealt with and the dealer had my bike for half the summer. Sorry, but I wouldn't even buy a Honda product that was made in India...
 

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Hi everybody,

just wondering where is assembled the new AT, anyone knows?
Based on the VIN it's from Japan and factory is Kumamoto
Found this:

Kumamoto Factory

ActivitiesManufacture motorcycles and power productsAddressOzu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, KumamotoWebsite
Start of production Production Capacity Major production models Motorcycle: 1976/1 Motorcycle (Incl. ATV): 250,000 units/year Motorcycle: Mid-Large motorcycles, ATV, 50cc scooters Power Products: 2002/1 Power Products: Products 102,000 units/year, ENG 30,000 units/year Power Products: Generators, Cogeneration units, GCV Large models, Monpal carts, Electric-powered blade snow throwers
 

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It's nice packaging wise if it's all done in house in Japan...


But most manufacturers use a lot of generic parts from around the world - from everything such as from mirrors, to electrics and brakes - from firms like Brembo, Ohlins, Akrapovic, Rizoma - and a great many lesser known companies who supply the vast majority of generic high volume parts.


Most manufacturers control the quality of the assembly line just as well in other countries than wherever their HQ and design centers are based.


Triumph's assembled in Thailand don't suddenly become unreliable, when the design was done at Hinckley and the parts sourced from Europe. Bikes assembled in India don't suffer from their indigenous workforce, any more than if assembled in the UK or USA.


Legal immigrants working in technical roles throughout Europe and the USA perform just as well as local people. In fact the company probably improves quality, because of their true global knowledge gained - none of us are the oracle.


As bikers we're already in a bigoted minority. The world has changed. Perhaps we should worry less about where our bikes are assembled and just get out there and ride?
 

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It was only a curiosity, of course is better to ride but i have to wait a few weeks to get my hands on the AT :wink2:
 

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Japanese quality :surprise:











Owners "testified" that neither AT had seen snow or salt :frown2:
 

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I wonder if this could have anything to do with the cleaning product being used? Some are quite aggressive/caustic and can actually accelerate corrosion apparently.
 

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Photographs come from two different riders. Spokes / wheel are from Italy. Have already been replaced under warranty. This bike had done only 400 km.
 

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Japanese quality :surprise:











Owners "testified" that neither AT had seen snow or salt :frown2:
Interesting that it is ONLY the leading edges of the items in the Photo the trailing edges have far less markings making me thing its something airborn that has been ridden through or something on the road that has been thrown up. Look at the difference between the front and the back of the spokes
 
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