Hello all, can you please help?
Feeling the need to treat myself and update from my trusty old Firestorm, I ventured into my local Honda dealership. Well there I am being chaperoned around the show room, CBR1000RR, VFR1200/800, CB1000R etc.Suddenly I come over all 21 again as my eyes lured me over to a gorgeous black brand new unregistered Fireblade dripping in bling.
Now I'm not someone who would normally bother with aftermarket bling but the additions to this bike really set it off. The story goes that a company, who supplies aftermarket products to the public, borrowed this bike to fit and display its products at the 2012 NEC bike show last November. The bike has a Yoshimura r77 carbon slip on fitted. So on a sunny but chilly Sat afternoon in the middle of March I took the demonstrator out for a couple of hours of spiffingley good fun. I was hooked. With my sensible head left safely locked in the safe at home, I signed on the dotted line, it was mine to be collected 1st March. To say I was excited is an understatement. I fit in 50 miles that day and another 100 the next adding more miles, weather permitting, over the next couple of weeks. Total miles to date, 360.
But and its a big but, I'm not smiling like I was on the demo bike, mine feels sluggish, not crisp, the engine just doesn't feel happy around 3 to 4000 rpm. I've not taken the revs over 6000 rpm and not put hardly any throttle load on the motor, I'm determined to run it in by the book. I'm not a bike mechanic by trade but over the years, from age of 15, I've owned, ridden and built many bikes including a few big fours so I'm confident that I can recognise an unhappy engine.
To liken the running of my bike to something else, I'd compare it to an old CB750 the carbs way out of sync. The bike has been back into Honda to try and rectify the problem and after resetting the ECU and down loading updates on to it, they were confident all would be well. Alas, its still the same so for the past week it's been back at Honda. Originally Honda said they couldn't find any faults when checking all the 'Honda' components so they suggested trying a standard exhaust on it for the purpose of elimination.
Latest feedback from them, after their tec chap test rode the bike, confirms that the engine is not running correct all through the rev range, but they don't know why. I'm growing increasingly concerned that they are running out of electronic options to change or check leaving the possibility that the actual engine is duff. I am aware that Honda has a great reputation for quality and service so all being well they can sort it. Could anyone please advise me on what path I can take with Honda if the problem cannot be rectified?
Kind regard Steve
PS the Galfer brakes aren't as good as the standard