Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Let's face it: Most of us rode the motorcycle for a full year with the original defective bolts. Some of us had issues with oil leaking, but I haven't heard of any cases of serious harm being done to the engine, let alone to the rider. It is probably safe for you to continue riding it as long as there aren't signs of oil leaking or other engine problems. It's no guarantee. That would be at own risk, of course. You probably can get away with it though.
I honestly think that the threat to safety is minimal. In theory, you could have your engine seize and lock your rear wheel. That seems highly unlikely to happen at all, let alone spontaneously without any prior signs of trouble, and even in the event that it did it would be no worse than you yourself locking the rear-wheel. Try to ride it out, or maybe if you have it completely under control, pull in the clutch lever and separate the gearbox from the engine. I can see why they'd recall it as a safety issue to cover their ass, but I think the actual risks are negligible.
Of course, the recall repair is free so there's no real point putting it off for a long time. Only really putting it off to align your schedule with the dealership's schedule.
I mean the best with what I say. It doesn't always sound that way.
2013 Honda CBR500R (Millennium Red) (Completely stock)
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