Almost two months after Honda’s Kumamoto production facility was shut down because of severe earthquake damage, it has returned to limited production.
The Kumamoto factory produces many of Honda’s large capacity bikes including Goldwing, the CBR1000RR, VFR1200F and the Africa Twin, as well as all of the off-road competition bikes.
The facility typically produces around 250,000 bikes per year, but has been closed since the second of two devastating earthquakes hit the region on the 14th April.
Honda has completed the removal of debris and its damage assessment in the most affected areas such as the assembly plant, and partly resumed assembly of its main motorcycle models on June 6.
Many component suppliers and supporting businesses have also been affected by the damage caused by the earthquake, and other manufacturers such as Toyota, Bridgestone, Nissan and Mitsubishi also sustained damages at their plants and had to suspend production for some time.
While production has initially resumed on a small-scale, it will be increased in stages according to the facility’s conditions.
Honda aims to have the plant back to full production in mid-August.
Dealers around the world are being warned of possible supply shortages for some bikes later this year, depending on demand.
In its media release Honda says it is fully committed to continue its efforts towards a rapid recovery, and is grateful for its customers’ understanding.