Join Date: May 2013
Location: Nakhon Si, Thailand
The sad thing about it is, in the past Honda made bikes like the Nighthawks & others with hydraulic lifters, so they did not need to be adjusted like this, it seems they are going backwards, even on these low revving motors, The 650 & 750 Nighthawks would rev just as high or higher, and they lasted past 50,000 miles without a head gasket coming off, and they were air cooled, thats what I have read, and been told. I think it about money, that can be made by the dealers, that is why there is no set fees ? There nice little bikes, and they get good MPG. But even the older Ninja 500r was easier to adjust, and they revved way higher. Honda could learn a thing or two from the competition, and there history, even if its a little older. lol...Thoughts anyone ?
You are assuming that Honda's technology is going backwards - come on, you're not serious?
Yes, they lasted, and so should the CB500 series. Who's talking about head gaskets coming off?
Yes, they were air-cooled. That's a thing of the past, like carbs.
If Honda would lose customers because of too high maintenance fees the shops wouldn't make any money.
True, but it had a valve train developed in the 80s.
Honda has almost 70% of the market share in Thailand - how much in your country? I'd say Honda wrote the book where others can learn.
current: CBR500R, CRF250M, MSX125, Yamaha Nouvo 135
previous: CB360, CB450SC (2), VT500FT, XS650 (3), Virago 750, Intruder 800, XJ600S, Intruder 1400, K75S (5), K100RS (5), ZX9R, KLR250, XR650L, DR650SE, Ninja 250, VTR250 (2), CBR150R (3), AX-1