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04-07-2015, 08:10 AM
Who makes the most reliable motorcycle?

What began as a battle of the motorcycle brands to show who makes the most reliable motorcycle, has resulted in a nationalist showdown. Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, and Kawasaki are all among the more reliable brands, based on our survey of more than 11,000 Consumer Reports subscribers, followed closely by Suzuki, Honda, and Kawasaki. The predicted failure rates for four-year-old motorcycles ranged from 11 to 15 percent in this group.

The domestic brands Victory and Harley-Davidson fell in between the extremes, with 17 and 26 percent, respectively.

The remaining brands—Triumph, Ducati, BMW, and Can-Am—were among the more trouble-prone. In fact, BMW and Canada-based Can-Am are both estimated to have failure rates of around 40 percent by the fourth year of ownership.

Reliablity by brand

Brand/Percent failed

Yamaha/Star 11%
Suzuki 12
Honda 12
Kawasaki 15
Victory 17
Harley-Davidson 26
Triumph 29
Ducati 33
BMW 40
Can-Am 42

With a larger sample size than in our previous motorcycle survey, now counting 12,300 motorcycles, we were able to add more brands and resolution this year.

Reliability is but one measure. We found that owner satisfaction creates a much different picture...

Visit our motorcycle buying guide to see our full motorcycle reliability and owner satisfaction ratings.

—Jeff Bartlett Deputy Editor, Autos at Consumer Reports

04-07-2015, 08:50 AM
Who is Jeff Bartlett?

04-07-2015, 09:20 AM
I would like to know types of bikes and milage riden in the sample group. I can own a bike and put 1000 miles a year for four years and have 1 problem or ride a bike 25000 miles a year and have a couple issues a year and would be more pissed about the 1000 mile bike.

Also as far as type were these bikes being raced at track days, ridden cross country, dual sport beaten up on back roads, or just bar hopping.

Stupid reports.

04-07-2015, 09:50 AM
Ok, many variables affect this

- define "Failure"
- usage modes - these brands are all different and they dont differenciate models
- adjusted for miles?

I would hope those details are available in the actual report, otherwise its yet another useless consumer reports article.

Gas Man
04-07-2015, 01:33 PM
One can always skew "data" to fit your objective.

04-07-2015, 03:26 PM
I heard those Vincents were a real PITA.

04-07-2015, 06:34 PM
I don't take advice from consumer report

04-08-2015, 07:30 AM
I heard them Harleys break down all the time....

That's just what I've heard...