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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 02:52 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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"..... the award for most reliable motorcycle, at least according to Consumer Reportsí 2015 survey, goes to Yamaha (and itís cruiser offshoot, Star), with an 11% failure rate, the lowest of the manufacturers accounted for. ......"

When I got my license 4 years ago I was fired up about getting a brand new HD.

Dealer would not let me take a $10,000 bike for a test ride.

Ended up at the Yamaha dealer, and have never looked back.
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Well said KCW. Kinda happened same story for me....and I love my 2012 Vstar Tourer. Ride safe and enjoy~YammyV
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I have owned three Yamahas. A early 80's 650, a late 90's YZ125 and a Yamaha Blaster. They were all the worst bikes I have ever owned. I did buy them used but after 3 bad ones it makes me nervous to own another. That being said, if the new "touring" bike is a Goldwing competitor I'll buy it and the extended warranty and give them another chance.
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I had the same experience with Ford. In the late '70s I bought the car I always wanted, a '69 Cougar 351 V8 Automatic (Florida car).

After a year I sold it and swore I would never buy another car from Ford.

Two years ago I got a brand new Fusion and I cant say anything bad about it.

Fortunately good engineers do learn from their mistakes.
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Fortunately good engineers do learn from their mistakes.
after only 45 years
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