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Here at Motorcycle.com 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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Yamaha. Never had a problem with any I have owned. Granted, have not owned a Honda yet, but both Kaw and Suzuki would be in third or fourth place if Honda could get the two spot from me.

And so far....other than a faulty oil temp sensor...my Triumph Bonneville has been trouble free.

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1. Yamaha
2. Suzuki/Honda (tied)
3. Kawasaki
those are the top three. I maybe wrong on #3 but I know that the first two are right.

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How did HD get 6th. I have so many friends that regret they got HD's cause its either always in the shop or something that "cant be fixed" or "is normal for Harleys" as they put it. LOL..

My list is: (based on what ive owned and what I hear from others in local clubs)

1: Suzuki
2: Honda
3: Yamaha
4: Kawasaki
5: CanAm
6: Triump
7: Asprilla
8: Victory
9: Ducati
10: Everything else

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Harley makes so much money on their overpriced parts and clothing line that they bribed their way into sixth place

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I think anyone buying a new Harley is too ashamed to say anything bad about it. Peer group pressure or whatever...
Oddly because even those that have complaints about the bike will still say they'd buy another one. Harley's brand loyalty borders on being a cult...

Keep in mind if the government didn't step in and tax the larger bikes Japan was planning on importing back in the 80's, Harley would have likely gone out of business.

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Of all the bikes I've owned, have to say the VN750 has been the most problematic, though it's never stranded me. Being able to use this forum to identify and fix many of the potential problems has helped immensely, and it's actually a reliable bike now.

Harley racists - That's my term for the brand loyalists that can't speak to riders on any other brand. They start to wave... "oops, that's a metric ... just scratchin' my helmet, not waving, nope, not me, my helmet was itching".

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1. Honda
2. Honda
3. Honda
That was my guess before I read the link. Given the fact most of the Big Four were so close in the survey, I think it's more of what your small circle includes.
Every Honda owner I talked to ...from ST, Goldwing and other models...they all said the bike was rock solid.
Surprisingly....got the same response from Bonneville owners....so you kinda have to take surveys like this with a grain of salt....

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I honestly had zero issues with my triumph, but at under 5000 miles.. I didn't have a chance to see any real issues. Sold it recently, just wasn't for me. Well made machine, though.

I just love 90s/00s Honda fit and finish. These VFRs were life-changing.

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