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Hello, as an owner of 3 Honda ATV’s I am deeply concerned about a design issue with my green 2018 Recon 250 with ES. Equally disturbing is the comany’s efforts to bury the issue, which is likely to result in litigation as my only recourse. The ATV has less than 50 hours on it and drains the battery when riding it over 2 hours with the lights on. North’s Services, a Honda dealer, has been able to duplicate the battery drain by letting the ATV idle for 2 hours, but Honda says this is in spec and I should ride the ATV with the lights off??? This is actually against state regulations on MA, which mandate running lights. Has anyone else had this issue? I will update the forum with the ongoing saga, especially if this ends up in litigation. Really pathetic response by Honda.
 

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take it to another dealer !!, and call honda corp, make notes of all times, dates, names, everything for your records !.
 
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Not sure that another dealer would have any impact, as the district rep has been involved and has indicated the ATV is operating in spec. Problem is that it is poorly designed and not capable of being ridden more than 2 hours with the lights on without draining the battery.
 

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Not sure that another dealer would have any impact, as the district rep has been involved and has indicated the ATV is operating in spec. Problem is that it is poorly designed and not capable of being ridden more than 2 hours with the lights on without draining the battery.
That's not a design problem; there is something specifically wrong with that machine, so it's more of a part/manufacturing problem. And an unwillingness to address from Honda problem. We have a 2004 Recon ES and can ride for hours on end with the lights on. It's never once drained the battery. I would keep forcing the issue with them or go above the regional Honda level.
 

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I just got a couple recons, as in last Tuesday. I keep the lights on all the time while riding. My boys and I went through two tanks of gas since Thursday (with the lights always on) and no dead batteries.

Ours have the foot shifters, my older son has a Rancher with the electric bush button shift. Other I know have the ES and I don't know of anybody with the problem you are having.
 

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So, a follow-up and a happy ending. Honda did offer me a trade in for a newer ATV, and gave me the amount I paid for the 2018 Recon towards the new machine. When the dealer dropped off my Rancher, he indicated that other cases of this were being reported and that there was a known problem with some of the ATVs. It may be with the ES system, or maybe just the 2018 version, but its a real issue and I encourage anyone with this problem to push hard for a replacement. For some reason, with the lights on, the battery is drained, even when running at 20-30 mph most of the time.
 
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