I purchased a brand new 08 CBR1000RR in Nov. of 09 and just recently discovered I had an issue.
I did not have any symptoms until it stopped running 11,000 miles later. I thought I had avoided getting an oil burner but was wrong. When the heads were removed it was found from the measurements that the pistons and cylinders were the 2007 spec. This caused sludge to accumulate over time and damage the top end.
I checked the oil regularly but did not notice a large amount of oil consumption.
The only mods I have done are a slip on exhaust
The dealer found the issue and reported it to Honda. A Honda district rep inspected it and said since it was out of warranty it is my problem.
I have the measurements of the cylinder walls and pistons from the dealer. Basically Honda used 2007 spec cylinders and pistons in my 2008 motor. The bottom end and head is 2008 spec.
The piston was measured at 74.9650 mm and the cylinders were 75.000 mm.
The 2008 spec for the piston is 75.965-75.985 and cylinder is 76.000-76.015.
I'm pretty pissed about it and am going to buy a motor to slap in it and sell this piece of sh1t.
So if anybody is selling a running motor for cheap, I'm definitely interested.
The dealer quoted me $5,350.19 to replace the entire top end. The valves, pistons, and cylinders are all damaged.
Not buying another Honda and will warn anyone about buying any vehicles from them after this fiasco.
While that is certainly interesting it does not explain the oil burning since the piston-to-bore clearance is not that great, especially as you didn't have excess oil burning over 11,000 miles.
Exactly what damage is there and what caused it to stop running?
Any chance of photos of the pistons in the cylinders alongside an '08 piston?
Since you bought it new I doubt warranty is even relevant. You bought an '08 1000RR in good faith that it was indeed an '08 1000RR just like all the others.
Honda did not sell you the bike you believed you were buying.
Rather than sell it I would keep it somewhere safe and get a lawyer to send a letter to Honda. I would include the name of the district rep that stated it's not their problem. I would also not leave the engine in the hands of the dealer as it could well disappear.
Personally, I wouldn't bother with the stress of it all. I'd take it as a great excuse to bore it and throw some nice pistons and cams in there and port the head. No reason you can't put it back together better than Honda did :-)