Honda Ready to Resume Full Motorcycle Production at Kumamoto Factory

Aug 24, 2016 View Comments by

Today Honda announced that the company is ready to resume production at its Kumamoto factory, which was affected by the Kumamoto earthquake this past April.

Honda motorcycle logoProduction was originally suspended on April 14, 2016. On May 6, the factory resumed supplying parts for Honda operations outside of Japan, and on May 13 it resumed the assembly of power products. Since June 6, Kumamoto has been assembling key motorcycle models at a reduced volume, which has been increasing in stages over the past couple months. Now, the “FUN line,” a production line for large-displacement motorcycles—including the Africa Twin—is ready to resume production. As a result, operations at the factory have virtually normalized.

Honda’s largest domestic factory, located in the Kumamoto Prefecture, is where the Gold Wing, Shadow Classic, and CB1300, among others, are manufactured. While operations there are stabilizing, the production of mini-vehicle engine parts has been moved to Honda’s Suzuka factory.

In a statement, the company noted that “it will continue to wish for the earliest possible recovery of the affected area and make the utmost effort to deliver our products to customers who are waiting for our products.”

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