Today appears to be a day dominated by recalls. Fresh off of a recall of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R in Australia, Honda’s joining in on the fun by announcing its own recall in Japan involving 29,232 motorcycles spanning 37 different models.

That’s a jaw-dropping number by any stretch of the imagination. Unfortunately, that’s the reality facing Honda after it was discovered that all of these models have problems with their starters. According to Honda, the specific issue involves the starter magnetic switch, which may not have gotten enough waterproof treatment, rendering them susceptible to excessive heat that could damage the bike’s fuse or the wiring harness.

Should this happen, a bike’s engine could stall at any moment or worse, lead to a short circuit of the starter magnetic switch that could end up catching fire.

Obviously, anytime the word “fire” is mentioned in any recall, owners need to pay serious attention. It’s not like something like this can just be swept under the rug and ignored completely.

Honda has made this recall an important priority and has promised to immediately inspect the problematic starter magnetic switches and, if need be, replace them with non-defective parts. Honda also said that it will replace the wire harness on affected bikes if it’s determined that these harnesses are showing any signs of damage.

For now, all the affected bikes are from Japan, but there’s also that possibility that models in other markets, including the US, could issue a similar recall if it’s determined that there are affected models in their respective regions.

Keep a close eye on this recall because I wouldn’t be surprised if the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues a similar recall sooner than later.

Continue reading to read more about Honda’s massive recall in Japan.

Why it matters

This is a different kind of recall from the Kawasaki Ninja H2R simply because of the sheer number of affected models. 29,232 models is no joke, people. The fact that all of these affected models are all located in Japan speaks to the magnitude of the issue Honda’s facing right now.

It’s not quite a crisis just yet, but if similar models in other markets are found to have the same issue with their starters, then this problem could blow through the roof for Honda.

The good thing is that some of the models - the CB400 Super Bol D’or - identified with this problem can only be found in Japan while other models can be found in a small number of markets. But on the flip side, there are also models that have strong presences in Europe and North America, not to mention other markets in Asia. That’s the potential headache Honda’s facing if the recall issue in Japan somehow finds itself in other markets too.

I hope that it’s not as bad as the incredible total of affected models in Japan. But I’d prepare myself for the worst, just in case the doodie hits the proverbial fan.

Check out all the affected models in Japan and see whether you own any one of them. If you do, it might be a good idea to have it checked in your local Honda dealerships just to be on the safe side.


Production Dates


CB250F June 10, 2014-June 9, 2015 1,634
CB400 Super Four/Super Bol D’Or Oct. 28, 2013-June 18, 2015 5,773
CB650F/CBR650F Nov. 14, 2013-June 18, 2015 1,016
CB1300 Super Four/Super Bol D’Or Oct. 25, 2013-June 15, 2015 2,674
CB1300P Jan. 7, 2014-Feb. 13, 2015 332
CBR125R Dec. 2, 2014-May 9, 2015 100
CBR250R June 4, 2014-May 12, 2015 1,230
CBR400R/CB400F/400X Oct. 22, 2013-May 21, 2015 2,066
CBR600RR/CBR600RR ABS Nov. 6, 2013-May 27, 2015 210
CRF250L Oct. 16, 2013-June 10, 2015 1,100
CRF250M Nov. 5, 2013-May 21, 2015 744
CTX700 Nov. 23, 2013-June 18, 2015 168
CTX700N Feb. 5, 2014-July 3, 2014 31
Forza Si May 8, 2014-June 12, 2015 1,472
Integra Jan. 15, 2014-June 17, 2015 239
NC700S Nov. 15, 2013-Dec. 2, 2013 43
NC700X Nov. 4, 2013-Dec. 7, 2013 90
NC750S Dec. 17, 2013-June 17, 2015 1,099
NC750X Dec. 17, 2013-June 18, 2015 2,660
NC750L Oct. 21, 2013-May 28, 2015 703
NM4 Dec. 5, 2013-June 18, 2015 1,578
Shadow Nov. 14, 2013-March 27, 2015 92
Shadow Classic Oct. 25, 2013-June 18, 2015 145
Shadow Custom Nov. 15, 2013-March 18, 2015 61
Shadow Phantom Oct. 25, 2013-June 17, 2015 220
Silver Wing GT Nov. 14, 2013-June 10, 2015 134
VT1300CS (Sabre) Nov. 26, 2013-Dec. 2, 2015 7
VT1300CX (Fury) Nov. 12, 2013-May 25, 2015 53
VTR/VTR-F/VTR Type LD Nov. 5, 2013-May 28, 2015 2,438
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