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who makes the most reliable motorcycles
« on: April 07, 2015, 04:57:02 pm »
I always take anything Consumer Report says with a grain of salt but this is a bit disappointing IF true.
https://www.yahoo.com/autos/s/makes-most-reliable-motorcycle-100025261.html
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Re: who makes the most reliable motorcycles
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2015, 05:34:37 pm »
*Originally Posted by w8d4it [+]
I always take anything Consumer Report says with a grain of salt but this is a bit disappointing IF true.
https://www.yahoo.com/autos/s/makes-most-reliable-motorcycle-100025261.html
I think it is true, but doesn't tell the entire story. Take the Yamaha RSV for an example. It is very reliable, but has little to break. For an example, the first two things to break on my 1971 BMW R75/5 when new was the centerstand and the tachometer. The RSV has neither. A stripped down bike such as a Yamaha RSV won't be in the shop as much as a BMW or TTSE, because the RSV will NOT have problems with the TMPS, XM radio, centerstand, tachometer, heated grips or seat, traction control, ABS  and countless other functions that are only on the BMW & TTSE but not on the RSV.

So how can a fair test be done between a Yamaha (best on list) and a BMW (worse on list)? IMO, not really possible.

And of course, the RSV can have a longer warranty, as there are not nearly as many things to break.

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Re: who makes the most reliable motorcycles
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 05:41:57 pm »
I'm not sure how much stock I put in this report with the disparity of equipment on the different brands.  An old military Jeep is dirt reliable, but I wouldn't care to ride around in one all the time.  I'm confident the Trophy will serve me well for as long as I care to ride.  :821:
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Re: who makes the most reliable motorcycles
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 05:51:29 pm »
I agree.  As I said "I always take anything Consumer Report says with a grain of salt" 
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Re: who makes the most reliable motorcycles
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2015, 06:02:38 pm »
There's Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics !   :164:

As far as "Surveys" go that one is about as much use as an Ashtray on your Trophy !

"Percent Failed" - Percent of what - how many ??

and What does "Failed" Mean ?

No information as to whether it was a minor or major failure,
or whether it is, or was a common "failure",
or whether the Manufacturer has steppped up to the marque and sorted the "failure",
or how long it took to resolve, etc. etc. etc.   :027:

Visit our motorcycle buying guide to see our full motorcycle reliability and owner satisfaction ratings.
Hmm - I don't think I'll bother thanks   :015:




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Re: who makes the most reliable motorcycles
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2015, 06:33:24 pm »
Coconut, do you even have Consumer Reports in the UK?
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Re: who makes the most reliable motorcycles
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2015, 06:57:04 pm »
We do have similar consumer type reports here in the UK...

The final comment they make is very true.... reliability's only one thing and customer satisfaction is equally important if not more so and those statistics paint a much different picture!
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Re: who makes the most reliable motorcycles
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2015, 07:12:29 pm »
I have been doing this riding thing for 40+ years now and I have to say I have never had a bike with reliability issues. 1974 Kawasaki 900 with 81000 miles on it. 1979 Yamaha XS1100 with 40K, 1984 FJ1100 with 51K, 1986 1200 Wing with 80K, 1996 1500 Wing with 76K, 2004 BMW RT1150 with 100K, and I now have 21K on my 2014 Trophy. Many more bikes on my list because I always have at least two in the garage. I have been unhappy with bikes because of comfort, handling, or performance, but never got rid of one because of reliability. Even had a GSXR 750 Suzuki set up for endurance road racing. Lots of hard, wide open throttle miles on that bike, but it never let us down. I take these surveys with the mentioned grain of salt myself. Take care of your equipment whatever it is and your equipment will take care of you.