I would have blown my top with service like that!!! Insane that he treated you that way.
My Hondas have been good to me. They just lack innovation that moves a consumer like myself. There is no reason why Honda can't make a power steering Rincon 800 with a true locking front diff. They just choose to make a 700xx peice of crap instead!
Honda is done in the ATV market unless they change their ways in 2010.
Smooth, I was sitting here wondering why Honda doesn't build a Locking Front Differential? I mean if we look at their engineering, research and development, and winning race cars they have produced during the years we all know Honda can do this anytime they want to.
The question is why haven't they?
The only guess I can come up with is their Lawyers are afraid of the possible Litigation involved. These 4 wheelers with the locking front differentials are a hand-full to maintain control over if your experience level is sub-par.
Being a sub-par ATV rider is nothing to be ashamed of. I could be rated sub-par because of the limited experience I've had on ATV's. Although I do have tons of experience in lots of others areas, I would still not understand all of the pit-falls unless I experienced them for myself. Basically learning how different the front locking differential handles in different situations. Something you can learn on paper, but really learn and understand when you actually do the thing you are studying. Kind of like OJT (on the job training)
I can only think Honda is worried about someone who has the money and buys one of their units, and then doesn't have the experience. They end up busting down some narrow trail with the front differential in the lock position, get ready to go into a hard turn, and BOOM! The next thing you know is the ATV and rider are mashed into some tree because their ATV wouldn't turn fast enough, or wouldn't turn at all (according to them).
We who have and use common sense understand that we are the ones responsible for our actions. No-one else! But in this day of BLAME IT ON SOMEONE ELSE, these manufacturers are paying through the nose for problems like these because of ignorant people Litigating against them. And some actually win!
Honda may feel any money they make through the sale of any ATV with a locking front differential wouldn't even be enough to pay for the cost of Litigation against them when someone does something stupid and blames Honda, and then wins it's Litigation against them. But this is just an idea?
The only reason I even say this is my wife has worked for Lawyers a good part of her life. You should see and hear some of the horror stories people come up with. You couldn't begin to believe how much money is awarded to someone who has no business doing what they did in the first place, but gets big bucks because they weren't at fault. It's a croc, but it happens. Unwarranted Litigation ruins many things for us as consumers. This may just be another item on the list.
Now.....For all who disagree with what I suggest? That is fine. Please remember this is ONLY an idea of why Honda may-not be producing any of their vehicles with a locking front differential. Other than this, I don't know?
This is my idea. If you have another idea please let us know. I personally would really love to know the correct answer. As Im sure others would too. One other item. Please don't get me wrong here. There are some who Litigate because the manufacturer is negligent and did somethig to cause an injury or death. In no way am I blasting these people, the Lord knows they have already been through enough. I'm speaking about those who have no business Litigating because of their own lack of understanding.