I can't believe Honda went that route! Back in 2000 I was a certified Honda motorcycle technician and Honda would warranty repair almost everything that customers would drag through the doors, warranty or not! I hated it sometimes because warranty repairs only pay a fraction of customer pay repairs. That's why I quit working on Honda motorcycles and switched over to working on cars. Just a couple of extreme examples I remember are, one time a kid brought us his 954 with a seized engine. I took off the tank and immediately noticed there were holes cut into the air box and hoses running into the air box on to the throttle bodies. So I asked the guy what size shot of nitrous oxide he was running, and he told me he was running a 50 shot! He bought the bike used and had no factory warranty left, I said looks like you're going to have to buy a new engine. Honda ended up replacing the engine at no cost to the customer. He had no warranty and the engine failed due to gross negligence. Honda still paid for a new engine to make him happy. Another time a couple bought a brand new Honda Rincon four wheeler on Friday, and brought it back Monday morning with a seized engine and two flat tires. I immediately removed the drain plug and about 2 gallons of water and mud came out with the oil. The tires were flat because the inside of the rims had holes large enough I could stick my hands in to. I told my service manager that the four wheeler was clearly wrecked and ended up in a lake. The customers got angry and started yelling. The Honda rep was sent out to inspect the four wheeler. I opened the crank case and found the screen for the oil pick up was clogged with a huge handful of mud and leaves. At that point the customers admitted to taking their four wheeler off of a large jump and driving it repeatedly into a lake. Honda gave them a brand new engine and wheels at no cost to them even though it was blatant abuse that was to blame. My point is, Honda ALWAYS took the customers side, even if the customer was well outside of any warranty, or clearly they abused their bike. Its a shame Honda is treating you like this, its clear that they are not on the customers side anymore.