Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Reliability

  1. #1

    Default Reliability

    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
    Last edited by meinschaft; 04-07-2015 at 08:01 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    pontiac
    Posts
    1,810

    Default

    Who is Jeff Bartlett?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    southgate
    Posts
    3,379

    Default

    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.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    SE Michigan
    Posts
    3,132

    Default

    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.
    _________
    Roll away the dew...


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Brownstown, MI
    Posts
    16,608

    Default

    One can always skew "data" to fit your objective.
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
    -Chris
    aka Gas Man

    "Why pay somebody else to fuck up your bike?"
    "Custom don't bolt on!"

  6. #6

    Default

    I heard those Vincents were a real PITA.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    42.23/83.33/3636
    Posts
    1,079

    Default

    I don't take advice from consumer report
    william

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Fenwick
    Posts
    808

    Default

    I heard them Harleys break down all the time....

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

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •