The 10 Most Reliable Motorcycle Companies - BMW F800 Riders Forum & Registry

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  1. #1

    Jan 2014
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    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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  3. #2
    Points: 12,155, Level: 76

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    Seattle, WA
    Jun 2014
    5 Hours Ago
    1,136 / 0 / 9 / 3
    '14 F800 GT
    I'm not surprised at the ratings at all.

    What I notice...and I could be wrong, obviously...but when I look at the BMW MOA forum, there are lots of final drive failures. On the old NT700V forum, they have to invent things to talk about because the bike just keeps ticking. I was guessing Honda and Yamaha at the top.

    Out of this forum and the BMW MOA forum, we seem to spend a lot of time talking about windshields. Or griping about the cost of the belt that hasn't failed yet. But my guess, if you could break it down by model, is the F800 series is pretty reliable.



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