The Quality of Japanese Motorcycles

The quality of Japanese motorcycles which are no longer actually made in Japan gives some cause for concern. Recently we have seen recalls for Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha motorcycles. Often the same model has multiple issues the Honda CB300F had potential crankshaft bearing failure and some fire risk from faulty wiring, the Yamaha MT-03 and YZF-R3 had also several serious and less serious problems, and we recently saw a recall for the Kawasaki Z125 Pro.

I’m around 50 years old now and can’t remember anything like this ever happening before. There must have been recalls in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but we expected any new motorcycles we bought to be 100 percent sorted and, as far as I know, they were.

Currently it seems that a unprecedented number of motorcycles and cars are being recalled and I can’t help but think it’s a problem associated with the dreaded ‘globalization’. Japanese motorcycles used to be made in Japan. Sure, there were probably independent parts suppliers but, if a motorcycle had a Japanese brand name on the fuel tank, you could be confident Japanese engineers made sure all the motorcycle’s components met Japanese standards.
It’s almost impossible these days to find out which parts of what motorcycles are made where. Wheels and engines come from China, the motorcycles are assembled in Thailand or Indonesia and on some motorcycles the only thing Japanese about them is the brand name on the fuel tank.

What I don’t get is why the Japanese manufacturers are letting the quality slip to the point where the actual brand is being trashed.Tag: Honda Kawasaki Yamaha Recall Quality Japanese Manufacturing Production Business Parts Safety
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Friday, 23 September 2016 @ 09:59 AM ICT
You make a valid point.
I have recently purchased a Yamaha GT 125
At 2500 kms. Both wheels had buckled and would need replacement.
Not covered under warranty
Cost 5400 Baht for the pair
Yamaha Bangkok contacted, no reply
Fuel gauge out by 1.7 litres
Brakes are very spongy
Not that impressed with this Indonesian made Yamaha!!!


Friday, 23 September 2016 @ 10:52 AM ICT
Im in the motor industry & this is nothing to do with reduced quality. Its the fact that the penalties are massive for not declaring any safety critical problems. Years ago, it would be kept quiet, or fixed as the vehicle was serviced.


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