How many modern sportsbikes, whether broken in according to the manufacturer or ridden hard from day one, would use up to 1L/1000km?
Don't get me wrong, I loved the bike when I rode it, but I just wanted to be as informed as possible before I paid up. I have had new bikes before, and even though I know that are 'more effective' ways of breaking in a bike, it seems a bit wierd to have to have a checklist on breaking in (or you're gonna get a bad one.)
I guess bottom line, at this point, is that I'm not going to buy a 2008 model blade. Partly because of the potential problems (oil, exhaust, paint) and partly because I have a lousy dealer. I got completely paid off yesterday when I asked my local dealer about it. Actually said I'd been reading what others had been posting on the Honda forums, and if they had heard anything. Their response being, "We don't listen to stupid chit chat. We wait for an official announcement from Honda, and they always do any recalls before there have been any complaints". Needless to say, he doesn't own a blade, and seemed to think that all the people out there didn't know anything about their bikes.
So there it is, straight from the dealer. You guys have no idea what you're talking about, and the only things I should believe come from Honda directly.