We’ll get right to it, it’s not good news in case you want a Honda motorcycle starting in the month of August. The resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting global supply chains, and Honda Motorcycles is experiencing congestion in global marine transportation and ports, and semiconductor supply shortages which have both resulted in product and parts arrivals delays.
These factors are affecting Honda’s production, more than their safeguards can accommodate. As a result, bikes are missing parts in order to get built, and shipments overseas remain uncertain for the time being.
As such, the brand has opted to stop taking orders for the Honda Rebel 1100, Rebel 500, Rebel 250, CRF250RALLY, CRF250L, Forza, ADV150, Grom, Monkey 125, CT125, and Hunter Cub models. While the Philippines doesn’t have the Forza, Grom, Monkey, CT, and Hunter Cub, the Rebel 500 and ADV150 models, in particular, see massive popularity in the country and would-be buyers will have to wait a little longer if there are no units that are readily-available from dealerships.
The press release marks the start of the suspension on August 1, 2022, and it cites multiple factors that are affecting the delivery and production of units.
“Regarding Honda motorcycle products, from the autumn of 2021 until now, due to multiple factors such as lockdowns due to the new coronavirus infection overseas, congestion in global marine transportation and ports, and semiconductor supply shortages, product and parts arrivals have been delayed. and logistics delays are continuing and protracted, and the outlook for production and shipments from overseas remains uncertain. In addition, due to the application of the 2020 exhaust gas regulations * to motorcycles for the Japanese domestic market from November 2022, orders for current models for some models may reach the production plan. , we will temporarily stop taking orders. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your orders and consideration of our products. We apologize.”
There is no word yet, however, as to the specific regions that will be affected by the suspension, and it looks like the trend of lower unit deliveries continued from the second quarter of this year when even then some dealers were experiencing unit shortages for bikes both big and small. Honda Philippines has yet to release a statement, but it might also be good to ask a dealer whether the bike you're eyeing has stocks available and if you can place an order for it.
According to the press release, the resumption of orders is still uncertain at this point, but Honda will try their best to “deliver products to [its] customers as soon as possible.”