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post #1 of 4 Old 04-21-2017, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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The 10 Most Reliable Motorcycle Companies

Here at we get to ride all of the newest, latest, and greatest motorcycles on the planet. However, more often than not, our time with each bike spans the course of weeks, maybe months (but definitely not years), as new bikes are constantly flowing through our proverbial garages, waiting to get tested. This means we have reviews of almost every motorcycle on the market, but it also means that we lack firsthand experience learning about long-term durability and maintenance. So, when our readers ask about the reliability of a certain make or model, itís a difficult question to answer, as reliability testing requires ownership for several years Ė something we simply arenít in a position to provide.

Thankfully, the folks at Consumer Reports have compiled a motorcycle reliability study, gathering information from more than 11,000 riders, sharing their experiences on more than 12,000 motorcycles purchased new between 2008 and 2014. With this data, CR adjusted for mileage ridden over a 12-month span and estimated failure rates. Like golf, the lower the number (or percentage, in this case), the better the score. CRís language in the link above is vague, using words like ďtrouble proneĒ and not defining what constitutes a failure. Nonetheless, the results are still relevant. Here they are, from worst to best.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-21-2017, 07:34 PM
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Articles like this make me wonder/wish I knew, which Models tended to drag the Brands down in the repair and satisfaction Ratings.

I think this article was of street legal Motorcycles Only!

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No real surprises.
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No real surprises.

My thoughts exactly. It's hard to beat any Japanese bike.

Surprised Ural didn't make the list TBH. I see/read/hear more complaints about BMW, KTM and Ural than any other bikes. Pretty much in that order, too.

But it can be said that the most ridden bikes are the one most likely to break down, so that's food for thought as well.
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