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post #1 of 7 Old 04-21-2017, 03:45 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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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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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.
I worked as a motorcycle salesman for a number of years, those Consumer Reports ratings matched closely what my Senior mechanics told me, THEY LOVED YAMAHA !

Typical motorcycle technicians come to admire the way things are designed, especially ease of repair and maintence.

Technicians get REALLY ANNOYED at motorcycle design that prioritizes cosmetics and gimmicks in the way of access.

Why should they care about how accessible repairs/maintence are ? Isn't it All just more job security for technicians.

NO IT ISNT ! Many times they are paid a set fee or what's known in the auto/MC business as FLAT RATE, meaning they may get paid less than the amount of labor time required to ACUALLY fix what's wrong. This is particularly accurate with manufacturers Warranty work, BOTH Auto and M/C WARRANTY repairs are similar in this way.

Technicians feel they're getting cheated many times, and frequently there's NOTHING they can do about it.

So........good motorcycle technicians. Especially Senior Technicans with YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, tend to favor brands easy to repair/service.

I have NEVER BEEN STRANDED by a Yahaha or a Honda. I understand each brands unique image and appeal, I learned to ride on two ancient Harley's, one was an old police Harley with a 'Suicide Clutch' an experience I ALWAYS remember fondly, BUT when it comes to hassle-free motorcycling, got go Yamaha~Honda.
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When the first motorcycle in the list (Can Am) had a 42% failure rate, I wondered why I was reading an article called the "10 Most RELIABLE Motorcycles."

I had a short stint on the sales floor of a dealer that sold Can Am. It seemed like that company was always more interested in bells 'n whistles than quality. Little things like hatch hinges, seat stitching, and surface attachments were always a problem. Can't speak to mechanical, but I can tell you the company didn't know how to ship/transport them based on the high level of crate damage we had with them!

Customer service is important too and I think Yamaha also rises to the top in that category, as well. As an example, I was in Northern British Columbia on a trip on a Yamaha and had my fork seals go and start leaking on the rotor/pads. No dealers anywhere. Called Yamaha and they found a shop to do the repair, made the appointment for me the next day and overnighted the parts!
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Well, I think BMW company is the most reliable company because the BMW's bikes are very much popular for racing in their respective classes, as well as for off-road touring and everyday road driving. My friend too had bought a new BMW G310 R bike, which was shipped to Palm Springs, California by an auto transport service. After transportation I had found that his BMW G310 R is designed with the pure philosophy of BMW the G310R is a single cylinder 313cc liquid cooled, DOHC roadster based on the lines of BMW's S1000R and R1200R.

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