Riders of Honda’s current model CBR100RR Fireblades have been advised to slow down and maybe even stop riding the bike due to an issue that could cause oil to dangerously leak on to the back tyre.
According to the official recall notice issued through the Australian Government, heat from the exhaust pipes could damage the oil cooler hose causing a leak.
They say it’s a “manufacturing issue”, but it sounds like a design fault to me.
And it’s serious.
“If the oil cooler hose becomes damaged, it may lead to a loss of engine oil on to the rear tyre,” warns the recall notice.
“The rear tyre may lose traction without warning. This may lead to serious injury or death to the rider and other road users.”
When parts become available owners will be contacted by Honda and asked to contact their nearest authorised Honda Motorcycle Dealer to have their motorcycle inspected and repaired free of charge.
Until the inspection and repair are carried out, owners of the 27 affected bikes are advised not to ride above 5000rpm in first gear, as this could raise the temperature around the oil cooler outlet pipe and may result in hose being damaged and an oil leak to occur.
If you find an oil leak at the pre-ride inspection, stop riding, and immediately contact your nearest Honda Australia dealer.