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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 21st, 2017, 2:52 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, it’s a difficult question to answer, as reliability testing requires ownership for several years – something we simply aren’t 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. CR’s language in the link above is vague, using words like “trouble prone” 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 3 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2017, 9:05 am
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Who writes this? Who puts headlines on it?

They only checked 10 brands, so the claim of "the 10 most reliable" doesn't even match either the intent or the content of the article (such as it is). And the article itself is really thin on info; it's just a slide series of slow clickbait with lots of ads (and longrunning scripts and failures to respond, etc.), providing no real data other than the ordering of the 10 brands chosen (which include Can-Am, but omit Aprilia, MotoGuzzi, Vespa, KTM, Buell/EBR, Indian, Ural, and Royal Enfield, nevermind the actual smaller brands.

Not impressed.


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Any data that originates with Consumer Reports is basically meaningless.

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