Honda CBR600RR engine failure at 2 years 3 months, 14000kms
I am from South Africa and need some help.
In March 2007 I bought a March 2006 CBR 600RR from a Honda dealer in SA. I bought the unit with full service history, and a guarantee that the vehicle has not been in an accident - I have this in writing from the Honda dealer.
I bought the unit with 3000km on the clock. I did the bike up to 14 000km on the clock, when the engine popped. I took it in to the Honda dealer, who could not give me a quote or indication what had gone wrong. I proceeded to take my bike to an ex honda mechanic (Steve Cannon), who worked with Honda for > 20 years. Honda still outsources to him, to do jobs, as we speak. He is probably the most wellknown in SA, and prepares Honda bikes for race events.
The bike was repaired, with the problem being the bearings having failed. I was astounded. I have looked after this bike like my own child. It has been serviced with Honda regularly and on time.
When Steve opened the bike, he found a woodruff key/ flywheel key lock in the sump. To him this indicates the bike has been in an accident, and has been opened up to be fixed at some stage. This happened prior to me taking over the motorbike. It is amazing this bike actually lasted this long.
Additionally, I noticed on inspection, that the first service of the bike was done at 2389km, instead ot the specced 1000km. I purchased this bike with full service history, and this to me does not seem to be full service history. Honda (and most manufacturers) allow 10% up and down from the service interval. This is 140% over.
I have been told by Honda SA that the bike is fine, and has full service history. However, they will not show me any documentation regarding the service interval TOLERANCE limit for bikes - as mentioned, for Honda cars it is 10% either way.
I believe Honda should pay for this damage (even though it is out of warranty) - as the bike was opened up with a flywheel key, indicating prior damage and repair, which was not mentioned to me. The mechanic is prepared to put this in writing. Furthermore, I am trying desperately to get documentation for service interval TOLERANCE limits for my model of bike, to no avail.
I need some help, advice. Anything. I did not damage this motorbike. I don't wheelie (I can't), don't ride it hard (thing scares me, too much power), and I service dit when it should, yet I got screwed over.
Advice appreciated, ideally I would like some contacts from USA or Japan to liase regarding this matter, especially regaring the service interval tolerance limit, where my bike was serviced at 2389km instead of 1000km.