We’ll admit the popularity of Can-Am’s Spyder comes as a genuine surprise to us. We see them occasionally while out and about in our SoCal base, and see them more so when traveling to parts of the country where squiggly roads are a scarcity. The Spyder has a die-hard following, which is good because, according to the Consumer Reports study, Can-Am has the worst reliability rating of the manufacturers included in the sample, with a 42% failure rate. Interestingly, CR’s report found that, of all the motorcycles needing repair, 45% of owners paid exactly zero dollars for the repair – suggesting the work was done under warranty.

  • Junker

    Right when I had juuust about talked myself into a euro bike. Seriously, I was going looking tomorrow, but this has always been my main concern. My paid-for VFR is looking better all the time. Maybe a quick-shifter for my birthday instead!

    • Daniel Benjamin

      YES, keep the VFR and treat yourself to a much-less-expensive treat. When the time comes for me to return to motorcycling (if I get to), it’ll be Yamaha again, regardless of how much dispensable income I’ve got sitting around.

      • Jim Bob

        Gay guys deserve to ride, too. Yamahomos for all of you!

        • powder99

          There you go with the homosexual bike theme again.

          • Jim Bob

            It’s a well known fact, you uneducated assclown, that only sissy men ride Japanese bikes. Now you know. What, you just thought it was coincidental?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Reliability is not the only requirement for a motorcycle. Fun has to be in there somewhere too. A boring bike may only seem like you have owned it for a hundred years. Buy a KTM and you will not look back. Riding a sewing machine is not much fun. All the new KTMs are very reliable.

      • Junker

        I think elsewhere I saw you had an 1190 Adventure. My local KTM is offering deals on 2 they have left. I heard something about the airbox, but not an official recall? What can you tell me about that. I think it was even mentioned in Motorcyclist or one of them. Destroyed the heads or something.

        Ah, here it is (and elsewhere): http://www.cycleworld.com/2015/03/19/bmw-r1200gs-adventure-vs-ktm-1190-adventure-r-long-term-test-wrap-up-review-and-specifications/

        • Jon Jones

          They suck dirt and ruin the valves.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          It was a problem on the 2014 model if you ride off-road in the dust a lot. Most other so-called “Adventure bikes” never go off-road so they don’t have this problem. What deal is your local KTM offering and for which model: Standard 1190 Adventure or the 1190 Adventure R? I had to put a deposit down and wait 4 months for my 1190 R. My dealer put a high efficiency air filter in my bike and I don’t ride in dust off-road so I have never had any problem.

          • Junker

            No deal on the one R they have, looks like $2100 right now on the two non-R

          • Sayyed Bashir

            You mean $2100 off the list price? So what is the final price?

          • Junker

            They are advertising 14,599. The final price would be negotiated, I suppose.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            OK, 14600 + 2100 = 16700. I paid 16800 for my 2015 1190 R (which costs more than the standard 1190). These are left over 2016 models since they don’t make them any more. Very good deal though. The regular 1190 has a lower seat height and electronic suspension and smaller wheels so it is easier to ride. Goes off-road too. Has Conti Trail Attack 2 tires instead of the Conti TKC80 knobbies on the R. Otherwise same crazy bike.

          • Jim Bob

            Geez, who would pay that much for an obscure off-brand “adventure” motorcycle? Those things all look like they’ve been half-crushed. And very few ever leave the pavement… or a yuppie’s garage.

          • Junker

            I think KTM is now the largest European manufacturer, hardly obscure. Not that that really matters. I guess Ferraris are obscure by some definition, exclusive by another.

            It’s true most of these types of bikes are used for sport touring rather than their humble beginnings as giant dirt bikes. That’s okay, too. If the market judges them a better sport tourer
            than a sport tourer that accidental consequence is no less legit. Some of them should give up the dirt pretense, though, but I guess almost everyone understands by now.

            Back to this specific topic. A KTM for About the same price as a Japanese one? Maybe you don’t want one, but those opportunities don’t come a long often.

          • Jim Bob

            KTM. In many years on this earth, most on two wheels, I’ve never actually seen a KTM on an American highway. Nobody real buys crap like that. Just insecure dorks, geeks and dweebs who think it’s important to feel special and stand out from the crowd. Their mommies doted on them obsessively and the real world isn’t doing a good job carrying on the praise for their mediocre existence. Yeah, that’s who would buy a KTM

          • Junker

            Ah, a troll. I should have known. Fool me once…

          • Jim Bob

            Well, you are a gullible moron but I’m no troll. Very serious about motorcycles… and making fun of complete halfwits.

      • Support The Second

        Ride my 2017 FZ-10 and call that boring.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          Trizzle’s favorite too.

          • Jim Bob

            What’s a “trizzie”?

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Troy Siahaan, no longer moto journalist at MO.

          • Jim Bob

            Which media platform is “MO”?…. never mind. Doesn’t matter.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Motorcycle.com

        • Jim Bob

          I guess being forcibly sodomized could hardly be called boring, either. Let us know if you ever get it out of fourth gear on an American highway. How long do you think you’ll own that thing? And how old will you be when you can no longer tolerate the ridiculous riding posture? Anybody near 40-years-old looks like Peter Pan riding one of those brightly colored crotch rockets. But then there’s always third-degree road rash to look forward to. That’s not boring, either.

    • I agree with you.

  • Starmag

    Thank god for the Japanese. People who actually respect me. Back at ya!

    • Jim Bob

      Nobody respects you. And not one single Japanese person even knows you exist, silly girl.

      • Starmag

        ..

      • Starmag

        Psychological projection is a defense mechanism people subconsciously employ in order to cope with difficult feelings or emotions. Psychological projection
        involves projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone else,
        rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings.

        Your response would be funny if it wasn’t sad.

        • Jim Bob

          I projected nothing with that comment. I merely pointed out the fact that as an enthusiast of Japanese motorcycles you are still unknown in that country and could, therefore, not possibly be respected by anybody there. Your middle school psychology assessment aside, you are the one projecting here. You blatantly project a pathological need for validation and, as you excreted, respect. You’ll have to keep looking.

          • Starmag

            Thanks for proving me right. Get heip.

          • Jim Bob

            You wouldn’t know “right” if you performed fellatio on it. You’ve quite obviously never been right before. Exactly what is it that you think you got right here? Proving that you took a beginning psychology class in middle school? I’ll go along with that, though you’re confused on a few aspects. Feeling smug does not mean you’re right, idiot.

          • Jim Bob

            And how does any of this indicate that the fine people of Japan have any respect for you, individually or as a duped consumer?

  • Jon Jones

    Confirms what most of us know.

    Those complex electrical systems mainly on the Euro bikes aren’t always a plus, especially when the warranty is over. The reliability of Japanese bikes—old and new—is still the biggest reason I own quite a few. I’d like a Triumph, but will be careful as this list suggests.

    • TC

      According to the article link, the most frequent problems were electrical, about 28%. That could be anything from a burned out bulb to a completely fried electrical system. The Harleys also have complex electrical systems, had a friend that was stranded in Canada for 3 days while the dealer repaired his nearly new Harley because of an electrical problem.

      • Jon Jones

        Good post exemplifying the double-edged sword of technology. Seems we’re somewhat at the point of diminishing returns with these ultra-complex vehicle management systems. When they work as advertised, great. When they get buggy, all bets are off. They can be a real challenge to all technicians, maybe even more so to aging wrenches like me who started out with drooling carbs and low-tech points. I find my grumpy-ass self often resenting the snowballing complexity as our wages often remain in the CV carb/electronic ignition era.

        And we NEVER get the warranty reimbursement we should on the lost hours and sometimes days spent on repairing irksome issues. The tech guys on the factory end can be helpful, but often as not they haven’t worked in the trenches. They too can be stymied with the over-the-top technology. Bike out of warranty? It’s nothing that a wheelbarrow full of money can’t fix. Eventually…

        I’m truly hoping that the troubleshooting aspect of technology-laden motorbikes will evolve. Sooner than later, please. For now we’re a bit on the cusp here. Again, I do love the seamlessness and gee-whiz aspects of modern bikes as I’m reminded every time I ride one of my wheezing 80’s-vintage workhorses. As is often stated, newer IS better.

        So as I trudge off to my thankless, miserable job I must give pause to what I’ve witnessed in my poorly-chosen and not-so-illustrious career. From hit-and-miss spark on battered Bultacos, to the active-suspension and IMUs of today’s stunning beauties—well, I’m just thankful and humbled to have experienced the epoch.

        Hopefully I’ll have a pleasant day toiling on a dung-coated ATV from a dairy farm rather than scratching my noggin in puzzlement over a barely-perceptible FI glitch on a Modern Marvel. It’s a mixed bag, indeed.

      • Eric

        This is exactly why a “by model” breakdown of the results would be helpful; I’m interested in how a sportster compares to a dyna, and how this relates to the touring bikes, for example. As someone from the less is more camp, I’m interested in seeing if the simpler bikes are more reliable.

  • john phyyt

    Yamaha… yee ha.. Just to further reinforce my personal bias. But; by all means buy less reliability/ pay more and call it “Character”.. As for Grand Prix Heritage look at results. Also since this data encompasses the time frame when a squillion FZ-09’s were sold I guess we can discount the horse-s## about rampant failures.

    • Jim Bob

      Gay fellows need something to ride, too… other than each other. Go Yamahomo!

  • Goose

    I had to laugh when I saw BMW at the bottom of the list. Having owned several Bavarian Murder Weapons I assure your readers this isn’t an error, BMWs are poorly engineered. I left BMW for Harley, Harley’s aren’t perfect but having put close to 70K miles on the two I’ve owned I can say they’ve been far more reliable than my BMWs.

    You have to admire the Japanese, they build great products. It is just that some of us will swap a little less reliability/ extra maintenance for the feel of a Ducati or the soul of a Harley. I owned a lot of BMWs because I loved them, they were far from perfect but I didn’t care. When I got tired of the BMW problems I rented a Harley and liked it even more. I’ve owned my Road Glide for over 10 years because it makes me smile. Looking forward to a little Harley ridding with my sweetie Saturday, hope to catch the wild flowers.

    Ride what you like and respect your fellow riders enough to respect their choices.

    • Gruf Rude

      I too laughed when I read,”German engineering is known to be some of the best in the world”. A lot of folks “know” stuff that just isn’t so. German engineering is quirky, overly-complicated and prone to failure as a result. Failed final drives are a big problem on the more recent shaft-drive BMWs and weird ABS problems, fuel surging, electrical faults on the oilheads and K bikes and even valve failure on early 80s airheads have been due to design defects. Worse, stubborn German BMW engineers are loathe to admit mistakes, preferring to blame the owners. I own and love my old airhead, but I have to smile ruefully at some of its German-engineered ‘character’.

      • Goose

        Best stubborn German engineer story: I was pretty well connected in the BMW world at the time this happened, I got the story straight from the owner of a BMW shop that did a lot of work for the CHiP bikes and hosted the meeting. The CHP kept reporting surging in their early BMW Oilheads. The Germans said “no, they do not do that”. BMW actually flew two engineers over to show the CHP they were wrong. The two Germans came back from riding the bikes, finally, admitting the bikes surged. The funny part was the throttle design on the early Oilheads was so poor they couldn’t help but surge. The worst hack designer at the bottom of the English motorcycle industry wouldn’t sign off on this mess. The cable from the twist grip ran to the left throttle body, which had a TPS, then a second cable ran to the right throttle body which didn’t have a TPS. Add the lean settings required to meet EPA standards to the fact that the left throttle TPS told the ECU the throttle was open X degrees but the right was always open slightly more or less then the left = poor running at small throttle openings. I’m sure it is just a coincidence that BMW redesigned the throttle system shortly after Hans und Franz left California with red faces not entirely caused but the California sun.

        • David Phillips

          Kind of the opposite on the tools for me as I already had tools when metric became necessary in the US for US made cars.

      • Citizen Bidet

        Ah yes, German engineering…
        I’ve spent many years in engineering and manufacturing and although well-built, the Germans do have a tendency to over-complicate and over-engineer things. It just means more stuff to go wrong and more time and skill required to put it right.
        Heres a few more lazy stereotypes, some broad generalisations, that I’ve come up with after decades of working with modern machinery. And remember, it’s just a bit of fun:
        British: uniquely innovative but often let down by production flaws.
        Italian: beautifully designed and finished but temperamental in operation.
        American: robust and practical, but a PIA to work on due to their stubborn refusal to adopt the metric system.
        Japanese: elegant simplicity in both design and manufacture. The stuff just works!

        • Goose

          We’ll have to agree to disagree about American and Japanese designs. I’ve enough Japanese motorcycles to have many memories of stupidly complex, difficult to work on products. Well, not that hard once you have surgery to have three extra knuckles installed in your fingers.

          The American stuff, like my two Harleys, if easy and fun to work on. Yes, buying stupid imperial tools is a PITA, agree 100% on that. I have a rollaway and a tool chest full of metric tools, clearing a draw and spending money on tools based on a long dead king’s toe was pretty aggravating. But once you have them the bikes are fun. About to head in the garage to mess with my Road Glide (upgrading the stereo) after I hit “Post”.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            It was time to change the oil in my newly acquired 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S so I decided to do it myself, since it was going to be “a piece of cake”. The bike ended up being out of commission for 3 weeks. The first was the drain plug which was surrounded by cooling fins on the bottom of the sump. Had to go buy a special socket. Next was the oil filter located between four exhaust pipes and the engine. Burned my hand trying to get in there after the engine was warmed up (as recommended). Bought a nice filter wrench on Amazon but it didn’t fit in the tight space. So I ordered the genuine Suzuki filter wrench online but it didn’t fit the filter. Finally got so frustrated that I poked a hole in the filter and forced it off. Talking of Harleys, everything is so simple to work on.

          • Motocomiot

            That’s because they are simple but try buying one for the price of a Bandit……

          • Tinwoods

            So, you’re saying Japanese makers don’t belong in their much deserved category of excellent engineering and reliability (I’ve owned over 30 Japanese bikes) because you don’t have the simple skills to change the oil on the one you owned? Priceless.

          • Jim Bob

            Thinwood, Mr.Pencildick himself, you called me a bully and you’re posting snarky, insulting crap like this? You need to get a life, as I’ve stated many times before, and also a personality. Really, 30 Japanese bikes? No wonder you’re so defensive. And stupid.

          • Ken Wagg

            Jesus, can’t you just stfu. You flatulent bag of gas. One stupid comment after another. Give your mom back her computer, and shut up.

          • Jim Bob

            But Ken Wrag, I have merely responded over a period of several weeks to my many fans and admirers who went to the effort of responding to my comments. It’s not my fault so many folks wish to engage me in conversation, though most are pathetic, insecure girly-men like yourself. You’ve got your lace panties in a wad over something, probably Hillary Clinton’s crushing defeat last November, and since you have no job and no life you now spend your day whining on social media. You’re so weak and vapid you don’t even specify the exact nature of your major malfunction. You merely excrete a loud whiny noise and repeat tired old insults we all learned in grade school. Get a life, you sad loser — or at least come up with something of substance. Your feces is weak — probably because your high-mileage anus has lost all its elasticity.

          • Ken Wagg

            Blah, blah,blah. You’re comments are like a long wet fart. Stfu, You hillbilly loser. Why don’t you try and find a friend in real life, so you annoy less people with your half witted, coma inducing rants.

          • Jim Bob

            HAHAHA! Poor little bitchy Kenny Wang, the glory hole’s best friend, has once again pooted his cramped displeasure about my posts regarding motorcycles, a topic which s/he hasn’t even pretended to have an interest. So far s/he has only posted one whining queef from his/her bloated and bombastic mangina/vagina after another, none of which even mentions motorcycles. To Ken Wang this is more an issue about his/her rights as a sexually ambiguous tough guy and my right to free speech. Blather on, you no-testicled wonder. It’s a free country.

          • Ken Wagg

            Every single comment from you ends in Homosexual reference, no matter what anyone says. You’re queer as a three dollar bill. You just can’t seem to admit it. It’s okay. Rump Rangers like you aren’t discriminated against. Just come out of the closet. Your kind are accepted in normal society. And the grade school name calling is laughable. Your parents were related weren’t they? Get sterilized son, you really shouldn’t be reproducing. PS. I don’t care if you ride an Indian, I just hope you cuddle him afterwards.

          • Ken Wagg

            Anyhow. Talk to yourself. I have to go to work. You seem to enjoy reading your own coma inducing rants anyway, so I’m sure you and your other personalities will be very happy together. Especially the latently homosexual ones Bye little Jimmy Bob. You have a nice day. Or not, I really don’t give a shit either way.

          • Jim Bob

            Oh, skinny Kenny Wang, you do care! And you care a lot! You care enough to project your essence all over this comment board and it’s plain to see why. You have no interest in motorcycles, you’re a crusader. You may talk like a tough little guy, and you may have two little raisins tucked under and taped up to your hairless taint, but you simper like a girl. You’ve gotten all huffy because I have lampooned you and your alternative lifestyle. Your simple mind knows only to counter-accuse to deflect attention away from you. That’s called projecting, princess, and you’re doing it like an angry little b|tch. Ironically, you’re the idiot who made the concerted effort to draw attention to yourself in the first place. Your feminine energy is overwhelmingly strong (and look at your long girl hair) and it’s so obvious because all you do is bitch and whine and complain IN GENERAL. You’re not even masculine enough or smart enough to specify exactly why your mental vagina is all dried out like a box of sand. You bitch and moan and nag more than all my ex-wives combined.

            I sure hope your shift in the men’s room goes well for you today. Maybe the next sweaty trucker who saunters up to your glory hole will fall in love with your only saving grace and your only skill, and he’ll whisk you off your knees and make an honest lady-boy out of you… after you brush your last few remaining teeth. Then you can forget this comment board and stop generically whining at strangers on the internet for whatever reason it is that you’re all worked up. If not, just shut up and nobody will notice you. You’ll be easy to forget. But feminine creatures don’t like to be ignored, do you? I fully expect yet another pointless, poorly thought-out, whiny queef from you. Yes, Kenny Wang, you’re that stupid and predictable. And chicks love to get the last word.

          • Jim Bob

            And your grade school name-calling is erudite and dignified? And clever! “Queer as a three dollar bill” and “related parents”! Wow, those were cutting-edge back in the 1960s. Face it, princess, you’re a whiny, simpleminded idiot, and you don’t even know why you’re angry. You have yet to mention motorcycles, so I assume it’s the perceived homophobia that has your little dork in a knot. Plus, you just love to complain, just like a chick. If you’re not an actual chick, it’s impossible to tell you apart from one except for that wispy little porn ‘stache. Nice testicle tickler. Face it, loser, you’re just unhappy with life. Accept what you are and make the best of it. Today, when you report for “work”, I want you to strut proudly through that truck stop and shout out: “The glory hole in the men’s room is now open! Princess Kenny Wang providing oral services! Ten bucks!”

          • Rich

            You kiss your mother with that mouth?
            Tongue, too, I bet.
            OK, bear down like yer having a 20 pound bowel movement (made mostly of H-D parts), and give us your second cleverest reply. Something you’ll be proud to have embossed on yer assless chaps.

          • Jim Bob

            Well, Bich, I sure wouldn’t kiss your mother on the mouth, because I know where it’s been. Is this all you have, idiot? Junior high insults? Why did you even bother? Go kill yourself.

          • Rich

            Very good. You take instruction well. Love to your Mom for me.

          • Jim Bob

            Bich – Congratulations on your great accomplishment but was it really so clever, since I clearly have shown a willingness to answer all fawning fanboys? You’re just a typical little girl, like my new friend Ken Wagg; you just come on here whining and you have your vag all worked-up without even explaining exactly what it is you’re moaning about. You feel angry and, since you are safe behind your keyboard, you lash out weakly and awesomely, making us all laugh at you. But I’m sure you’re used to that.

            Do you even realize you’re on a webpage about motorcycles? And what’s with your strange fixation about the content of another guy’s feces? I bet we know what’s in yours: the semen of real men — Harley riders.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            I didn’t say anything about their engineering and reliability. I was agreeing with the previous commenter that they are difficult to work on and shared my own recent experience. Harley does not surround the drain plug with tall cooling fins or put the oil filter behind four exhaust pipes. Everything on a HD is straight forward and easy to work on.

          • Glenn Lutic

            That’s a crock! By the time the oil is drained, the pipes will be cool. If you took the time to grab a tall socket and proper wrench, or put a large hose clamp over the filter, then tap it with a long screwdriver and hammer, you’d be set for the next 20 years!

          • c w

            Special socket?

            my drain plug came off with whatever was in my ’96 vintage Craftsman kit.

            the filter is spec’ed to be torqued on pretty tight, but an old strap wrench and some patience will get it. always wear work gloves ans sleeves when working around those pipes.

            I’ll take a hot header during oil change over a hot exhaust pipe on a ride (or that ridiculous air cleaner always ready to impinge upon the lateral movement of your knee).

          • Sayyed Bashir

            It needs to be a 17mm at least 1″ long socket to reach in-between the fins. Cannot use a open ended or ring spanner. The best 68mm x 14mm filter wrench I bought on Amazon wouldn’t reach between the filter and the pipes with a 3/8 square drive attached. The Suzuki filter wrench has a hex nut on it so it reached between the filter and pipes but was too loose on the non-standard filter. Had to poke a hole in it and turned it by force. The new filter fit the Suzuki wrench perfectly and so the oil filter is properly tightened. I ride a Harley too and seared the inside of my right calf wearing shorts a long time ago. Lesson learned well. The air cleaner has never been a problem. Every bike is different. I have three.

          • Glenn Lutic

            Now thats an explanation I like. H.D. is getting better, but still has far to go to reach the level of Honda, Yamaha, et.all.

          • Glenn Lutic

            Yer kidding! Might be best you stick to the Hardley D.

          • Denny Herreid

            My Bandit was the easiest and quicked oil change I’ve ever done. The right socket, a piece of tin foil formed around the header to end the messy drain, an oil filter strap wrench, piece of cake.
            Now, if you want a challenge, a 1971 Norton Commando will test you.
            My ’15 Moto Guzzi Norge is proving to be a breeze to service, and no issues so far.

          • Goose

            For the Harley haters: Yup, finished the work, really happy with the results. While I was cleaning I noticed one of the exhaust heat shield clamps was loose. Took about a minute to tighten. Yup, just one problem after another with these POS Harleys. 😉

        • Jim Bob

          But I would never be caught on a Japanese motorcycle. It’s like falling in love with another man; it might feel good but the shame and embarrassment would just be too much.

          • powder99

            You compare Japanese bikes to homosexuality? Can’t say I have ever heard that issue before. Just curious as to how you ever made the connecton?

          • Jim Bob

            Seriously? Japanese bikes, particularly the Harley-wannabe, cruiser clones, just scream femininity. They are what sissy men buy because for whatever reason (limp wrists, a saddlesore tushy, delicate sensibilities, etc.) a fella doesn’t want a Harley. The only heterosexual dudes who ride Japanese cruisers are those suburban dorks who think it’s more sensible and practical to buy a cheaper, quieter, less invasive brand, none of which are good characteristics for motorcycles.

          • Texarkana

            Your statements are ironic because Harley owners are known in the motorcycle world as Fa*gs. Just google it and see the southpark episode on it (really any cruisers). It is hard to call someone a homosexual who rides a 200hp motorcycle around racetracks on weekends (insert me on my 2016 zx10r (you can google that too but it comes with 208hp off the showroom floor)). When your most powerful production motorcycle makes less than 100 and weighs over 600lbs and can never lean over more than 25 degrees, yet makes more noise than a 200hp bike. Loud and slow =lame (that is true of anything; honda civic, mustang, truck, etc.). Only needs to be loud because it is fast. If it is not, it should be quite. Cruisers are heavy, underpowered, motorcycles that are terrible at handling and braking, never mind if it is a harley or not. I feel like I am comparing ferrari’s to v6 mustangs with loud exhaust here. You can keep bashing other cruisers, that is fine with me though.

          • Jim Bob

            HAHAHA! Straight from the well-traveled high-mileage anus of a loudmouth macho man SQUID who dresses in brightly colored leather outfits and rides sidesaddle on a “200hp” Kawasaki Compensator (Google that concept, you boastful idiot). Better yet, just shut up and let folks assume you’re stupid instead of insisting on proving it.

          • Tinwoods

            I’m reading all your comments and the only person commenting here that appears to be a squid of the first order is you, gay man.

          • Jim Bob

            Squids exclusively ride sport bikes, usually overpowered, ridiculous looking, multicolored nonsense that requires the rider to bend over in an unnatural “come-hither” posture. No wonder you’re so easily offended by comments about sexuality, you’re in the midst of a homosexual panic and you’re flailing away at my comments. You’re projecting all over this comments section. This is your third tonight and I see you have more waiting. Get a life, loser.

          • Jim Bob

            Seriously, you imbecile, where on a public road or highway can you make use of 200hp? It’s a waste. Only insecure girly men buy over-engineered junk like that. Try to get it insured!

          • Tinwoods

            Man, STILL with the angry gay rant? Dude, walk out of that closet you’re hiding in. It’s okay if you’re gay.

          • Jim Bob

            I’m not angry, snowflake. I’m calm and mellow. And calling somebody an insecure girly man doesn’t necessarily mean he has to be gay. You can be a sissy and a heterosexual at the same time. Your skin is too thin on that topic. I bet I know why, princess.

            Anyway, I’m merely pointing out the similarities that exist and common traits that are obvious to all, even if you don’t want to acknowledge them. Like your obvious gay panic. Calm down, it’s legal now. Quit projecting. Nobody cares about you and your waste of a life. This is your fourth idiotic comment in one evening. Get a better life, loser.

          • Jeremy Pitman

            I own an EBR, the only American made sports bike. I really enjoy riding it. It’s not the same as a Japanese or German bike and definitely not a cruiser. It does have way more power than I need or can use, even still it’s a blast to ride. Yes it was designed for racing more than riding on the road but the bike has a soul and character. I wouldn’t buy another sport bike made by any other manufacture. Now that EBR is out of business I won’t be buying any other brands of sports bike either. I will probably be looking into used EBR’s or Victory, Harley or Indian. I have test driven the Victory, it was pretty nice, even though they are also out of business. I know none of what I’m saying really matters to you or anyone else. I guess my main point in this rant is that I have a sports bike with way too much power and it’s fun and insured and gives me a huge grin when I ride! That to me is the spirit of riding my bike…and I too would never buy a Japanese motorcycle and would find it difficult to buy a non American bike of any type! As a side note I think your posts are pretty entertaining.

          • Roger Rogers

            Speaking of quiet, I had a brand new Harley next to me on the highway the other day and I could barely hear it running. That’s what cracks me up about the Harley faithful, not only do they over pay for the name ‘Harley Davidson’, as soon as they get the bike off the lot they have to spend more money on an aftermarket exhaust to make it ‘sound’ like a Harley. LOL

          • Jim Bob

            That’s because of the EPA, you idiot halfwit.

          • Roger Rogers

            Your Mom never hugged you as a kid, did she?

          • Jim Bob

            Got nothing, do you? That’s obvious. Moron.

          • Roger Rogers

            What would you like from me, Jim Boob? Affirmation that your feelings or statements are worthwhile? Apologies in advance if you had to Google the word affirmation.

          • Jim Bob

            If you think that’s a difficult word, I weep for your progeny. (Bet you had to look up that one, pinhead.)

          • Roger Rogers

            Oh, Jim Boob, please elucidate for me!

          • Jim Bob

            Oh, Thesaurus Boy, give it up. Your wit is as lame as your masculinity.

          • Roger Rogers

            Ah, but my femininity would rock your world!

          • Jim Bob

            So said many a man. You must ride a jap bike.

          • Roger Rogers

            Hey, you finally made me laugh. But yeah, I ride a Vstar Tourer. Don’t want a Harley as they are a dime a dozen on the roads. Half of them rode by baby boomers buying their first bike. Some of them die every year, but they look cool and their bike’s exhaust roars as they fail to navigate a simple curve. I’m saving up for an Indian though, maybe I’ll be a man in your eyes then. That, of course, is my only goal in life. Anyway, I’m outta here. Have a good weekend and ride on!

          • Jim Bob

            Well, Rogy, I hope you succeed in all your manly endeavors. But shunning Harleys for a Yamaha as an act of rebellion? That’s hilarious. Got a misfiring motoneuron or two, do you? I don’t concern myself with the others, though I admit a short, potbellied, white-haired old geezer in all-black leather, riding a Harley and strutting around like a badass biker does crack me up. A lot. Especially if they can’t ride. But it has nothing to do with me.

          • 40mmtrsmith

            Jim Bob, perfect name for a stereotypical Harley owner.
            I have read your post and replies and have a question for you. Do you think a Harley Davidson is the only motorcycle a real man would or should ride? I like Harleys. They are the best looking and sounding bikes made. ( Although not with obnoxiously loud exhaust installed) I went to buy HD back in the 90s. Test rode a few different makes, bought a Honda. 2002 wanted a HD, decided to keep my Honda and buy another Honda. 2014, definitely going to get a Harley this time don’t even have to finance. Bought Two Triumphs for less than what the Ultra Glide cost. What changed my mind each time? The Test Ride. Looks and noise will take you only so far.

          • Jim Bob

            Well, for one thing I don’t even have a Harley these days, for the first time in decades. I have a new Indian Chief, which is very similar. But I will be adding another Harley to the garage soon and I’ll have the best of both worlds. So in answer to your puzzling question, no, I don’t believe that real men only ride Harleys. HOWEVER, it is also true that NO real man would be caught dead riding an effing Honda or any other Harley wannabe. You don’t think sound and appearance are enough to justify buying a Harley, but more importantly, “sensible”, “economical” and “practical” are not nearly enough to justify the humiliation of being on a Japanese bike, especially the V-twin cruisers. Sad. And, NO, an Indian, even the new ones from Polaris, are not wannabe Harleys. I guess they’re wannabe Indians but they do own the name and they’re phenomenal bikes.

          • 40mmtrsmith

            A Valkyrie beats everything Harley ever built, not a v2 but Superior and a Honda. I test road a Vintage and a Chieftain, was not impressed. To each his own. Go ride a Triumph the handling,power, smoothness and braking will amaze you.

          • Jim Bob

            A friend of mine has a Vulcan because of the low price he paid for a slightly used one. He likes it but he’s ashamed of it. I’d consider a Triumph but not the fugly cruiser models. Their new Bobber is cool. I’m not overly impressed with the performance of my Indian, even with better pipes and air breather. To hear the guys on the forums talk, they think they’re riding greased lightning. And most of them came off jap bikes. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

          • 40mmtrsmith

            Your friend had issues. Why would he be ashamed of something he chose, paid for, likes and will be riding when many of his friend’s HD are in the shop. OK scratch that last part.lol. For me it’s water cooling, shaft drive, quiet exhaust and a smooth torquey engine Preferably with four plus cylinders. Good they make all kinds.

          • Jim Bob

            He bought it because he couldn’t afford a Harley and it was “the next best thing”. That’s the classic niche market for all the jap V-twin Harley-clone-wannabes. Shaft drive? I had a couple. Heavy, inefficient way to transfer horsepower to the rear wheel. But what I hated was the way it climbed on acceleration and kneeled on deceleration. I’ll take a belt any day. I’ve heard “stories” but never known anybody who ever had a failure. It’s always “some guy’s neighbor’s first cousin’s brother-in-law’s barber” knew of a guy whose belt broke. Probably made up by an elderly Gold Wing rider.

          • Jim Bob

            I owned a Gold Wing for a few months. It was quiet and smooth, like sitting on a sewing machine, and almost as cool. It sucked major anus. Leaked coolant, too. I don’t want water cooling or more than two cylinders. Six cylinders and reverse? Absolutely ridiculous. The next step is a wheelchair or a casket. I hope I never get so old I think a Gold Wing is “nifty”.

          • stan or thereabouts

            Hey Jim Bob,I hope you never get so old too.

          • Jim Bob

            Thank you, my friend! But I will and I’m looking forward to it. Aging is fine — better than dying young — but I don’t want to get to be the kind of “old” who is also “lame”, and I don’t mean in the ambulatory sense.

          • Tinwoods

            Please, you’re the most awful commenter I’ve read in a while. Just die: young, old, or whatever you are.

          • Jim Bob

            Wrong, Thinwood, Mr. Pencildick whiny snowflake, you’re the worst commenter and you’re a waste of time, not to mention oxygen. None of your responses have been about motorcycles. You have nothing of value to say, you only blather on about my choice of words or how I lampoon you and your ilk. Shut up and at least attempt to create a worthwhile existence. In other words, get a life. Loser.

          • Ingo Barber

            good one…lol

          • Jim Bob

            Inbred Booboo –
            Were you really “laughing out loud” when you read that or were you just masturbating furiously and didn’t have a trite little acronym to express that thrice-daily occurrence? What an idiot. And to think, if you hadn’t gone to the effort of posting about the little chubby that comment gave you, nobody would even know you exist.

          • Bob Loftus

            Harley just came out with a Yamaha clone its called the 107 -8 stands for 8 values .The road star Yamaha has had a 8 value motor since 1999 .A friend of mine has 120.000 miles on it and only has change oil and general maintenance. Yamaha clone you clown .

          • Jim Bob

            You ignorant twisted sissy, 8-valves (not “values”, you idiot) is NOT a Yamaha-only thing. That hardly makes it a clone, you gay monkey.

          • Tinwoods

            You’re not only a repressed gay man, but you’re a child. A fearful, belligerent punk bully of a child.

          • Jim Bob

            And you’re a grumpy, deluded name-calling, whiny, easily-offended numbskull with nothing real to say so you respond with complaints and more whining. Shut up and get a life, loser.

          • Bob Loftus

            You give Harley rider a bad name do you even have a Harley

          • Jim Bob

            What’s the matter, Blob Softass, can’t you figure out how to punctuate? You give gay, unwashed, liberal child molesters a bad name, too, but this is a country with free speech, so you’re allowed to go on living. As a matter of fact I do not have a Harley at the moment but a different brand of American-made V-twin touring bike. But I’ll be buying a new H-D soon to go with it. Love them. Like you love peni.

          • Tinwoods

            Still on the gay motorcycle thing? Jim, come out of the closet already.

          • Jim Bob

            You again? With your same stupid whine? Yet another dumb response from you in one evening to these posts, taking offense to something I’ve written. I don’t care if your weak snowflake sensibilities are besmirched. Have I already suggested that you get a life? You need one.

          • Douglas

            May we all assume that you, JimBob, actually own and ride a Harley? And if so, you have “street cred”, and are feeling pretty darn good about it, right? You certainly make a lot of judgement calls and consider yourself the Professor Irwin Corey on the subject of 2-wheeled motoring, don’t you? I bet in person, you’re the penultimate H-D biker, i.e., “ba-dass”. Am I right?…or am I right? Is it all you have? I hope not…..

          • Jim Bob

            Oh, Douglas, your mind is so simple it’s hard to know where to start. How about we make fun of your weak attempt to appear intellectual and educated. Penultimate? Don’t use big words unnecessarily or you’ll look like an idiot… especially when you obviously don’t have any idea what it really means. Look it up, fool.

            And your assumptions are also stupid and wrong. I don’t have a Harley right now, I have an Indian, not that it matters. And pretty much everybody on here considers himself knowledgeable, if not an expert on motorcycles. I’ve never claimed to be an expert but, also like everybody else on here, I do have opinions, which I feel free to express even though they quite obviously interrupt your menstrual cycle — which is the only kind of cycle you’ve ever been on. To quote a blithering idiot: am I right or am I right? What a moron! Shut up. Because I’m sure that’s all you’ve got.

            Penultimate… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! All you Honda-riding suburban yuppy idiots seem to think it means the “perfect example” of something. In case you can’t figure out how to use a dictionary, and it seems you can’t (or you’re too lazy), your word of the day means: “next to last”. Penultimate… as in: You are the penultimate moron. No wait….

          • Douglas

            Well, where ya from there, Jimbo? Also, why not post a pic of you on your big Indian for all us to see?

            Your opinions are, without doubt, the way things really are, no? It’s said opinions are like sphincters….everyone has one. But is seems some have 2, 1 on each end….and your case, the same material emanates from both. Your desperation for attention is clearly evident here, trying hard to be devil’s advocate….it’s ok….you can have the next to the last word in this thread. Let’s hear it.

            As a footnote, Mark Twain once said “It’s better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt”. Take that to heart. (Then ya won’t hafta get your dictionary and/or thesaurus out so often, like when you were studying for your GED).

          • Jim Bob

            Gee, really Douggy, you’re giving me the “next to the last” word here? Wouldn’t that be the “penultimate” word, or did you forget how I schooled you the last time? And who taught you how to talk shyte, your grandmother? You babble on like an adolescent girl, using “ya” instead of “you”. I bet your Meemaw has bigger stones than you, too. Also, your little sphincter analogy (get it? anal-ogy) was just the level of weak retardation we’ve come to expect from such a “penultimate” badass. For the record, opinions are compared to the human anus, of which we were all given just one. Your weak attempt to appear clever and original by substituting the word “sphincter” just makes you look stupid and uneducated. Though the human anus is indeed a sphincter it’s not the only sphincter we have; it’s just your personal favorite.

            I’ve never claimed my opinion is more valid than anybody else’s, that’s your insecure assumption. And I never came here looking for attention, but lesser men, of which you are the “penultimate” example, just give it to me. Weak girly-men like you are drawn to guys like me, meekly seeking to test your manliness from the safety of your keyboard and seeking validation. It seems a lot of you fellas either want to be me or to be with me, in the romantic sense. Obviously you’d be the catcher.

            Again you have proven my point. You’re a typical suburban yuppie D-bag Honda boy. You want to see a picture of me on my motorcycle? That’s weird. You go first, “penultimate” boy. You’re not only the kind of loser who thinks using big words is a sign of intellect, you also think quoting famous people gets you brownie points, as if you came up with something original.

            Go back and re-read all you’ve excreted here, then reconsider your quoted passage. Now don’t you wish that instead of showing us all what a loser pinhead you are that you’d just passed by this comments section and once again masturbated while using multisyllabic words out of context? And that GED joke was a killer. How can I survive a put-down like that? Just brutal! Congratulations, you’re almost a man. A few more anal testosterone injections and… you’ll still have a long way to go.

          • Douglas

            C’mon, ya didn’t answer my ?….where are ya from? And would you consider posting a pic of you on your (alleged) big Indian for us to peruse? Please…?

          • Jim Bob

            You didn’t address any of the many valid points I made. Instead you’re deflecting and you still write like a pubescent girl. Do you feel like a big macho man when you use “ya”? Why do you think it’s some big accomplishment to own an Indian? And why do you refer to it as a “big Indian”? (I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to learn you’re a size queen.) And why do you want a picture of me? Or to know where I am? Unless I’m on the other side of your favorite glory hole, and that won’t be happening, what good is that information to you? Can’t you get excited enough to pleasure yourself properly just by misusing big words anymore, you “penultimate” intellectual, you? Are you having trouble “shaking hands with the devil”? Are you unable to “self husband”? You are persistent, yet increasingly pathetic. It’s all so “penultimate”. “Ya” know? And do you really have to use a word like “hafta”? What a twink.

          • Ken Wagg

            Harley copied Indian, so you’re riding the “wannabe” bike Jethro
            .

          • Jim Bob

            I have an Indian, you pathetic tool. What an idiot; you blather on without even a clue what you are gaping your vagina about. And your comment is both stupid and wrong in every facet.

          • klauzja

            I am not a cruiser guy, wouldn’t ride one if you paid me to, but that aside, I guess, being reliable, functional, practical and competitively priced are not attributes HD guys are looking for 🙂

          • Jules Marcil

            I always find it funny when harley owner still bashes on japanese motorcycle…. It all depends what you are looking for. Some of my friends ride harleys, I tried them didnt like them; not enough power and ground clearance, but I can understand why some people are attracted to it Always had japanese sport bikes but now own a speed triple which is a nice tradeoff between performance, comfort and balance. Not as powerful as an R1 or ZX10 but really light and smooth. There are tons of different bikes like there are tons of people so why dont just enjoy your bike and let other people enjoy theirs !

          • Jim Bob

            Oh, but I do. I really don’t care what others do and I don’t have anything against other brands. Remember: I don’t even own a Harley at the moment. I have an Indian, which, based on the forums and Facebook, seems to attract a bunch of wimpy, Harley-hating loudmouths who wanted something other than Japanese bikes for a change. I don’t dislike sports bikes but it’s ludicrous to have such an over-powered, over-engineered, fugly mess on streets with speed limits and cars driven by cell-phone texting morons. And those dumbasses who like to video themselves in large groups, popping wheelies and doing “tricks” on public roads should be shot. I’ve owned several old BMW twins but the modern ones are horrible and ugly. Most modern bikes, except cruisers, are silly, futuristic looking, plastic covered crap. They look like they were partially crushed front to back. Some even have a duck bill under the fairing. Why? And the chopped-up, multicolor appearance seem to intended to induce seizures. Who needs a 200mph bike for the street? Nobody, and that’s as many as could ride one even close to it’s limits. Who wants one? Little morons with lots of insecurities and a tiny unit.

          • Jules Marcil

            Ever thought that some of these morons buy them because they like to do track days or because they live in areas where they can hit the backroads and enjoy all that handling, power and technology plus the braking (which is awful on big cruisers lets say) …. as for the look, one might find a racer 10x better looking than a. Harley, victory, indian big customs. According to your way of thinking, people buying porsche, ferraris, even STI etc are morons, why would you need powerful motor, handling and braking in a car.

            Ps: one point that I must give you is those who do tricks and wheelies in densely populated areas… not the place plus it gives a bad rep to sport bike owners. We could say the same thing with those really proud owners of big hogs that blast everyone eardrums with their straight pipes motorbikes. See it aint all black and white.

            One last point, there are tradeoff between cruiser and 200hp R1 and Zx10.

            Happy riding ! After all dont we all ride for the same reason ? Because we love it 🙂

          • Jim Bob

            People buys Ferraris and Porsches, etc. for reasons other than performance and technology. It’s called insecurity and a pathological need for attention. Any idiot with even modest credit can buy a brand new, 200mph sport bike for less than the cost of a new Toyota. And what percentage of the latter have access to a track, or go to that effort? Less than one percent, probably.

            As for what’s ugly, I give you Amy Shumer, plus-sized comedian, alleged actress and gadfly left-Wing political hack. She is uglier than hammered feces and sports a middle-aged “dad bod”, yet Hollywood thinks she’s attractive enough to play the female lead in movies. Sport bikes are the Amy Shumers of motorcycles, but without all the blubber.

            Extremely loud pipes are idiotic attention getters, but some noise must be tolerated. It’s the quality of the exhaust note that matters, not the highest decibel level. I love the sound of a well-tuned Harley with aftermarket pipes in the distance. A Gold Wing sounds like somebody urinating. A BMW sounds like a sewing machine. A Yamaha Star cruiser and other V-twin bitch bikes sound like vaginal flatulence. My Indian has moderate aftermarket pipes but finally sounded great after I put in the new cams.

            By the way, cruisers have excellent brakes, with ABS becoming standard on more and more of them. I’d rather not have ABS, especially on the front where it’s not needed, but the bitches didn’t ask me.

          • Pete

            Wow. Jim Bob certainly tries hard to be the expert on bikes. He’s as noisy as the hardley ablesons he loves. Even the name “Jim Bob” conjures up the image of a sperm laden beard on a back woods redneck. It’s ok “jim bob” – your seventy two odd posts don’t REALLY make you look like a fem…. HA! The louder you complain, the more effeminate you appear. But thats ok, it IS gay pride month or some shit, so you’ll be accepted…

          • Jim Bob

            Wow, “Peter” (what’s wrong, was the screen name “Dick” a little too on-the-nose?), you really are a master projector! I bet you chubbed up like a Yamaha doing a wheelie when you described somebody with a “sperm laden beard”. I’m not sure how accurate your count is but I have mostly just been responding to angry girly men who love to ride sidesaddle on their little jap bikes. Keep on striking out, princess, you almost present a masculine image — about on the same level as Rosie O’Donnell. Heck, you can’t be a sissy gay guy, you hate gays, right? So you can’t possibly be one! Project on, limp wrist.

          • graham1111

            Jim bob, you have given us some of the greatest lunacy to ever grace the internet. Truly funny stuff. Bravo sir.

            Side note, but something about your responses gives me a “guy with a fat, ugly wife” vibe. How closely do you fit that description? Not sure what it is though, anyone care to weigh in?

          • Jim Bob

            Wife? Who needs a wife, but some insecure loser with a mommy fixation who can’t afford a maid and a personal chef? I’ll do without a wife and keep all my own property, you loser. Getting laid by young, fit women will always be easy.

          • Bob Loftus

            Bob it ok to have a small penis’no need to buy a big Harley, woman will find out about it .And all you will have is a 600 dollar a month payment

          • Jim Bob

            Bob Softass, you are fixated on my penis: size, taste, availability, etc. Give it up. Just go ride your sidesaddle Yamaha from men’s room to men’s room and quit trolling for c*ck on this website. Man that glory hole with pride, but quit writing about it here.

          • Tinwoods

            If people are reading all your comments, every single one of them is fixated on homosexuality.

          • Jim Bob

            Not at all, you idiot and liar. Though it’s true that several of my comments have pointed out some of the more obvious common characteristics as they apply to the ownership of certain types or makes of motorcycles, I have never commented on your alternative lifestyle in general. Because I don’t care where you get your jollies or with whom. You can share your laughable Thinwood with anybody who can suppress a giggle, for all I care. But you make me laugh out loud and I’ll never even have to see you nekkid. But you really should get a life. You’re such a snarky, whiny little loser.

          • Jim Bob

            At least all my comments are all related to motorcycles, which is the topic, or in response to my many fans and admirers. Your many effeminate comments, left in one sitting, are all whiny complaints about how your lace panties are all getting wadded-up by reading stuff I’ve written over the past couple of months. Instead of ignoring comments you don’t like, you bawl and whimper and hiss and bare your impotent little claws and project your insecurities and secret agenda, and you even wished death upon me, while all I’ve done is suggest that you finally get a life. Find the man of your dreams and ride off into the future (sidesaddle on a dependable, sensible Japanese motorcycle, no doubt) and forget the outside world. You’ve never been happy with reality anyway, snowflake, especially since Hillary LOST! — in a HUGE WAY!! You and your new beau can decide who will sit in the driver’s seat and who will ride be-otch the same way you sensitive fellas solve that other huge conundrum your kind has to address due to the prejudices of nature. I’m betting you’re the “catcher”. With GLEE!! Your blatant insecurities, which you’ve shared so freely this day, and your effusive, feminine whininess betray you.

          • Bob Loftus

            I own a Harley a Triumph and a Yamaha .If i want to travel and distance its the Yamaha I take .You should know most of the reliable part on that Harley our Japanese .So go out and get ya some penis.

          • Jim Bob

            Bob Softass, you’ll never recruit me into your twisted alternate lifestyle. Riding Yamahomos and performing fellatio is fine for you but stop recruiting.

          • Tinwoods

            Are you an actual racist along with being what Motorcyclist magazine coined as a moot-racist? Yeah, of course, but what your comment really suggests is that you are a self-loathing latent homosexual. Come on out of the closet, Jim Bob, nobody will care.

          • Jim Bob

            But you so obviously care, Thinwood, with your little pencil-dick and your moron brain, and that’s all that matters to us. Racist? Me? Never. The fact I despise Japanese bikes has nothing to do with the wonderful people and country of Japan. It’s the unpleasant characteristics common to all the motorcycles made there. Is the term UJM racist? Not that you’d have a clue, but it’s not. It stands for universal Japanese motorcycle.

          • Glenn Lutic

            That’s too bad that others opinion of what you ride causes you shame and embarrassment. I always wave and speak with respect to all members of the Motorcycle Community. I learned that from a Hell’s Angels Member who told me he didn’t care what I or anybody else rode, as long as we were on two wheels. I’ve tried to remember that. He also started out on a Japanese bike, but chose a different brand now. He cared not what I thought of his choice. I try and do the same. Hope you can live and let live.

          • Jim Bob

            Huh? Glen, what are babbling about? I don’t care what anybody thinks of my choice of motorcycle, and that’s clear to anybody with an IQ higher than room temperature. And you take lessons on life philosophy from a one-percenter? Good for you, Glen, that can only lead to the best things in life. And it matters not one whiff of crap what kind of motorcycle anybody else rides, especially what their first bike was (or first few bikes), since that is often dictated by lack of funds or opportunities. So what did you hope to accomplish here, Glen? Because you failed miserably… though I’m sure you’re used to failure.

            Live and let live? Obviously, since I have never killed anybody over their choice of motorcycle. That’s a really deep sentiment. Did you make that up or did you also learn that from a self-professed outlaw? And do you realize that many of those fellas don’t even ride motorcycles very much?

    • Laez

      It’s TOP TEN MOST RELIABLE, read the title. So BMW may be at the bottom of this list, but they are in the top 10 most reliable of all manufacturers. Not sure how that is being perceived as bad?

      • Numbone

        Haha. Forget wondering if the glass is half empty or half full – here’s a guy that believes his empty glass is full.

      • outofthebox

        well, that’s because there are only 10 or so motorcycle brands worth considering?

        • wolzybk

          Or at least there are only 10 brands they considered. Which indeed means that the title/headline (@Laez) is misleading with regard to what the article actually contains.

      • Glenn Lutic

        Ah, when the majority of bikes won’t go 4 years without dying? That sucks!

    • longhunter

      I had to give up on Harley in 2005.The local dealer is a ripoff. I bought a new

      • Jim Bob

        Whatever you bought new, I bet it’s a real winner. If you want to be ripped off by a dealer, buy an Indian and try to add parts and accessories. They’re twice as expensive as Harley but many idiots who gladly buy it all say it’s like buying a Mercedes, the accessories are expected to be expensive. What elitist morons! I buy aftermarket parts only. Eff Polaris.

    • hahahaha

  • azicat

    I remember this even being mentioned way back by Robert Pirsig in the first section of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, where he poo-pooed his riding buddy with the BMW.

    • Jim Bob

      Really, he and his buddy were into that sort of weirdness? I knew that stupid book was written by an oddball but I didn’t expect that.

  • gjw1992

    Slightly surprised Suzuki’s so high, but guess their problem tends to be medium term corrosion that many people live with/guard against rather than breakdowns. Not surprised at BMW. So dependent on their fairly good response/action to problems and their dealers (local one’s good in my case, some less so)

  • JWaller

    Where’s Ural? Wait. How many motorcycle manufacturers exist? Ural would be at the bottom of THAT list in terms of reliability. Electrical problems, a mangled gear box, and a blown cylinder all within one year of ownership. Good thing I also have two Triumphs in the garage as well. There’s usually at least one bike to ride and one or two in need of some maintenance or repair. I always have something to ride when the sun is shining and something to work on when it’s not. Oh, just to be clear, I have no regrets and love all my bikes. But Yamaha is looking really good.

    • DickRuble

      This is a MOTORCYCLE ltop 10. Look for the Ural in the AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS top 10,

      Note: I wrote that before actually reading the top ten. Given that Can-AM is there, I’d say the Ural belongs too. And John Deere, and Caterpillar too.

  • Mike Huntington

    KTM? I’m afraid!

    • DickRuble

      Toss of a coin. But if you’re in the right 50%, you won’t have to worry a thing. 😀

      • Sayyed Bashir

        How many KTMs have you owned?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      CR only rated the top 10 brands sold in the U.S. KTM has not been selling street bikes here that long. All new KTM street bikes are extremely reliable. Also they are a lot more exciting and fun than some of the Japanese brands.

  • Kevin Butler

    Wheres Indian at ? Is there a full list available ?

    • c w

      For all intents and purposes here, Polaris = brand Indian.

      • Jim Bob

        Polaris wasn’t even listed separately, halfwit, or did you even read this crap article? What a simple mind you have.

        • Keen

          Jim Bob I have read all your comments on this thread from the beginning , and I do know that you are an complete ass hat .
          But you do have one redeeming grace , you make everyone else here feel superior so easily ..
          and we all thank you for that..

          • Jim Bob

            It’s obvious that feeling superior is an alien experience for you. Hopefully that gaping vagina under your nose will heal soon and few people will notice.

          • rick

            Jim Bob, thank you for your insightful and hilarious comments, you were the only reason I read all the comments.

          • Jim Bob

            rick, thank you, sir. I’m amazed at how sensitive all these weenies are. Geez, they get their tidy whiteys all bunched up when you question their masculinity and lampoon their stupid, gay motorcycles. What a bunch of know-it-all snowflakes. Hillary lost! And Obama has dried up and blown away like old dog feces. They need to get over it. Trump is making it so real men can take back control of society. Grab ’em by the pu**ies, boys, it’s a new world…. well, it’s the old one again.

          • Jon Jones

            Don’t waste any time blocking asshole trolls like Jim Bob.

      • Relayer

        I love articles like this, mainly for the comments, lol. But today this one has been especially beneficial. After a dozen or so just unreadable BS trolling comments I took the time to figure out how to IGNORE on this site.

        Priceless.

    • Tinwoods

      You mean a “full” list that includes the dozens of companies that build motorcycles? Or just one the includes the niche Indian marquee?

      • Kevin Butler

        Yes whatever list they had.

  • KLRJUNE .

    Not surprised at all. My ’08 Kaw KLR650 has 45,500+ miles on it and it has never missed a beat. It’s never the first to get “there” but it always gets there. Could have gone with the Suzy DR or Honda XR but the Kaw is more comfortable on the road.

  • BDan75

    The second bolt just vibrated clean out of my one-year-old S1000RR. The first was a handlebar clamp bolt…second was holding a plastic piece, which fell down and jammed itself between forks and fairing–thankfully not discovered while riding. Not confidence inspiring. Don’t they know about Loctite in Germany? I mean, if you’re gonna build a non-counterbalanced four…

    Anyway, love the bike, but when I think of my trouble-free-since-new 2000 ZRX1100…

    • Jon Jones

      KTM doesn’t use Loctite enough, either. Not so “Ready to Race”.

      • DickRuble

        “Ready to Race to the Dealership”

      • Sayyed Bashir

        I have never had any fasteners fall off my 2015 KTM 1190 R in 20,000 miles. The fasteners I had to undo to install something were extremely tight. Seemed like they were torqued to spec at the factory.

    • DickRuble

      Hear that, Old Moron?

  • John B.

    With respect to motorcycles, I have heard people propose lack of reliably contributes to (good) character. In nearly every other context (e.g., parachutes, seat belts, rope, Internet service, etc.), lack of reliability constitutes a malignant scourge. In the legal field, unreliable young lawyers and paralegals face the firing squad with their remains ground into potent fertilizer. I oppose this practice, as the frequent volleys disrupt my concentration. Instead, we should drop from a high place all people/things deemed unreliable. The sooner the better.

    • Jon Jones

      Brilliant!

    • Sayyed Bashir

      You meet a lot of interesting people when your motorcycle breaks down in the middle of nowhere.

      • John B.
        • Sayyed Bashir

          That is funny. but I meant the people who stop to help you on the road in the middle of nowhere, or drop you off at the nearest small town and the people you meet there, or at the nearest farmhouse you can walk to. If you are on a adventure bike and alone, you could really be in the middle of nowhere.

          • John B.

            One of the best things about motorcycling is the people you meet along the way, but I prefer not to meet them due to a breakdown.

  • มาฐียั่ส

    This isn’t a very helpful survey for people in the market for a bike. Did the survey control for equal diligence of maintenance? Are there differences in the different segments of bike (highly tuned sport bike vs. modest midsize touring machine, for example)? Are there trends relative to manufacturing years? How is it controlled for market share between the bikes?

    What I’m saying is: This survey is pointless if much of the failure rates are isolated to certain subsets of the production line, because they’d have zero impact on those not purchasing in that subset.

    • denchung

      Yes and no. Most manufacturers share common parts between models, even across different product lines, so potential causes of failure can cross segments.

      As for diligence of maintenance, that’d vary by customer. A large enough sample size would average that out.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Yes, it is not a complete picture, just a general guide to people’s experiences with 10 major brands sold in the U.S. People buying in other countries would be better off buying a local brand that has a cheaper price and better service. Most of those brands are not covered in this study.

  • spiff

    I think my old bike (SXV550) must be #11.

  • JMDGT

    I have owned ten motorcycles since 1972. I only had a problem with one of them ever. It was a Honda and the problem was fixed under warranty. I did own a vintage Bonneville for three months. I got it running and immediately sold it. It was going to be a labor of love that I just didn’t have in me. I’ve never had any issues with my over engineered BMWs. We live in the best of times.

  • TC

    You are digging deep for the clickbait. Per Consumer Reports ‘this article first appeared in the May 2015 issue’. I bought 3 new Yamahas, one constantly fouled spark plugs, which the dealer addressed by giving me a couple extra plugs to carry with me, one would not downshift from 5th gear shortly after the warranty expired, and the last one, an FJR 1300, lost its ABS brakes at 1400 miles due to an improperly routed wire that chafed through. I would be interested to know which brand is most likely to leave the rider stranded by the side of the road.

    • Tinwoods

      35 bikes and seven different brands and in my experience the Yamahas were the most reliable.

      • Jim Bob

        Oh well, there we have it. We can all go home now, Tinwoods, with all his vast experience and scientific brain has solved the mystery. Nobody else need form their own opinion. We’re all saved!

  • Citizen Bidet

    Drawing upon my many decades of experience, I’d have to say that the article’s conclusions are pretty fair. I have a 2008 Triumph Street triple with over 100,000 miles on it. Mechanically it has been 100% reliable, but the old English bugbear of electrical failure reared its ugly head a couple times with the failure of regulator/rectifier units and alternator – twice. The Suzukis I’ve had have proven themselves exceptionally reliable – with the exception of the highly-strung RG500 which blew itself up after some friction material delaminated from the rotary valves and got sucked into the engine at 10,000 rpm. As for the Hondas and Yamahas, I’m scratching my head trying to think of anything that ever failed on those bikes, and I can’t think of one. And that goes right back to the Honda 500-4 and the Yamaha RD350LC. Can’t comment on Kawasaki because I’ve never owned one.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Just got a 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S sport tourer. Supposed to be rock solid, low compression engine, uses regular gas, very quiet and fast, flies like a stealth fighter. Videos on YouTube have crazy people riding them at 177 mph on public roadways.

    • Lynchenstein

      My 98 Honda VFR had a cooked rectifier, but other than that it’s been bulletproof since I bought it.

  • mikstr

    Would have hoped to see KTM on this list; them not being here makes the SDR and GT 1290s somewhat less desirable (same with Aprilia and the Tuono)

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Consumer Reports only picked the top 10 brands. KTM has not been selling street bikes in the U.S. long enough. Nothing wrong with the SDR or the 1290 GT. They are excellent bikes. My 2015 1190 R has 20,000 miles with no problems. I love the bike. It is a beast. Wouldn’t trade it for anything!

    • Jim Bob

      You’re not really taking this feces seriously are you? There are a whole bunch of reasons I’d never buy a KTM, and not one of them has anything to do with crap like this article.

  • obocaj

    Love seeing my “Furious Japanese Redhead” at the top of this list! Wooo-hooo!

    • Jim Bob

      Why? Do you really think you’ve accomplished something here? Your life must be sad and empty.

      • powder99

        Jim, you slam everyone with your pointless hateful rants and then suggests someone else’s life is sad and empty.

        • Jim Bob

          Wow, you CAN read and comprehend simple concepts! I was beginning to wonder. Yes, his life is sad and empty, but yours is pathetic and meaningless. I see only one answer for you. Go ahead.

  • Tinwoods

    I’ve owned 35 motorcycles in as many years of daily riding and without a doubt, for me, the Japanese bikes have been the most reliable with the Triumphs, BMWs, and KTMs the least so. This list is almost exactly how I would write it.

    • Jim Bob

      Wow, I wonder why they didn’t ask you to do so? You seem to be the world’s leading expert on the subject. How fortuitous that the hack they hired to excrete this meaningless fluff piece happened to get it so right.

  • Paul Bryant

    Good read, even if old news. At least it’s consistent.

    I’d love to see this broke down into models as opposed to blanket brands. Would be very very interesting.

  • wolzybk

    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, and Ural, nevermind the actual smaller brands.

    Not impressed.

    • Taylor

      Of course you’re not impressed because you didn’t read the article. All of this information came from Consumer Reports, who answers your questions.
      MAJOR moto-brands; 12,300 bikes over a four-year period; and OF COURSE it’s click bait! This is the internet, dude.

      • wolzybk

        First, you don’t know, or have any way to know, whether I read the article or not. So don’t make BS accusations on no basis. It’s rude at best.

        Second, I DID read the “article”, every useless clickbait panel of it, hoping for some information there, which didn’t appear. Which is HOW I knew, in my comment, to be able to say the title didn’t match the article, and that the article was really thin on info. Because I do not make accusations on no basis.

        If the article had been one panel, with a link to the CR report, then it might have been worthwhile at least as a director to some information. As it stands, though, there’s no “here” here — it’s not a useful or informative article.

        AND (admittedly a quibble, but still), how does Can-Am rate as a “MAJOR moto-brand”, and not any of the others listed, most of whom have much greater history and production than Can-Am?

        I expect better from motorcycle.com.

        • Taylor

          OK, my apologies. If you DID read it, your reading comprehension is pretty low. The headline and the first line say quite clearly that all the information came from Consumer Reports. THOSE folks do extremely in-depth research. Can-Am is indeed a major brand (Spyder and Slingshot). “History” isn’t relevant if one is measuring reliability.

          Sorry your H-D bikes fared so poorly. Probably accurate evaluation, though.

          • wolzybk

            a) They refer to a report from Consumer Reports, in case you want to go find some information, but this article (as I was complaining about) itself is sadly lacking in information. So my point still stands as valid.

            b) Consumer Reports does not do “extremely in-depth research”, especially with regard to enthusiast motor vehicles, which they have a poor grasp of.

            c) And the CR report is only about the ten listed, which (as
            I said) does not match the title here of being the “the ten most reliable brands”, as these ten are not compared to any other brands. So my point about that also still stands as valid.

            d) Can-Am does not make the Slingshot; that’s a Polaris
            product. Can-Am, as far as bikes go, only makes the Spyder, which does not make it a major brand, and makes it less significant as a manufacturer than Moto-Guzzi, Aprilia, Vespa, or KTM. So my point about that also still stands as
            valid.

            So I still say that this article is lacking in content, and
            that I expect better from motorcycle.com

            And finally:

            e) Consistent with your previous comment full of false assumptions, you have no idea what bike(s) I own and ride, and have guessed wrong. Again.

            And you claim *I* have a low reading comprehension. Lol.

      • Tim Locke

        Only 10 brands sold at least 12,300 motorcycles in the past four years? I find that surprisingly low.

  • halfkidding

    Back in the day my Ducati single grenaded a clutch basket and a Triumph broke a rod. My Guzzi V7’s starter shaft broke clean off at the gear. It was clear sailing till I bought a used Honda Saber 45 and found out the cams got no oil and wore down to nubs while the camshafts rocked .010″ at their ends and the cam chain tensioner would make Rube Goldberg blush. Design failure on a massive scale on an engine with a 10k redline. 20 years, 130K or so miles on Kawi 11’s and 12’s netted some burned out bulbs and a sticky rear brake lever. Stay tuned I just got another Guzzi. It had a dead wire in the harness which prevented lights and charging. Bypassed now. Fingers crossed.

  • Rich

    If you GAVE me a new H-D and a new BMW, I’d sell ’em both and keep riding my bulletproof 40 year old BMW R100S

    • Jim Bob

      Why are people shooting at you and your old bike? Though I must agree with your assessment of new BMWs; I wanted to recreate the magic I felt in the early-to-mid-1980s with an opposed-twin BMW R100S, but they don’t make such a beast anymore with the cafe fairing, so I test-rode a new R1200RT and I HATED IT! The exhaust note sounded like somebody taking a squirt and the engine was high-revving and spastic. The only cool thing about this terribly uncomfortable and ugly bike was the electric adjustable windshield, which is a stupid and unnecessary feature anyway. The R NineT is also fugly and choppy looking, and it shares the high-strung engine and uncomfortable posture, which has no leg room. BMW used to make great bikes: reliable, relaxed and responsive. Now they’re fugly and geeky and, apparently, unreliable.

    • Jim Bob

      Hey, here’s a post where my friend Bich does mention motorcycles! He’s not just a defender of his lifestyle or a whiny ranter, he actually has an antique POS. Bich, I couldn’t be more proud of you for nearly displaying some masculine energy, you twisted, whiny little girl.

      • Rich

        Being an H-D rider really made you a wonderful person.
        Your fascination with deviant imagery, heavily dependent on themes of homosexual activity, your concept of “masculinity” as you express it, especially your fondness for feminizing insults, all make you an excellent study in maladjustment to life and to self. I wish you no ill will, as you are already punishing yourself for a lifetime.
        Some people even motorcycling can’t make happy, and that’s not the fault of any manufacturer.

        • Jim Bob

          Wow, Bichy, there may be more to you than a damp tampon after all. Once you learn to whine and moan with some specificity we might all understand what your major malfunction actually is. I take it you don’t like Harleys. Rest assured: nobody cares.

          As for the homosexual aspect, that’s just a natural feature of any discussion involving such sensitive creatures as you. If I see a guy wearing a baseball uniform, of course I’m going to talk about that sport with him. You and a few other fellas on here wear your lack of manliness like a uniform. As for whether or not such fems act upon your true nature, one can only assume. But with such whiny girly-men as you and Ken Wang and Bob Softass, it’s a forgone conclusion.

          Undoubtedly, your delicate sensibilities are offended by “deviant imagery”, whatever that may be. I simply suggest that you stick with reading the Bible or Ladies Home Journal and remain behind the safety of your keyboard, which, by the way, is not really a weapon. I wonder why you chose to respond to any of my comments, especially in such a weak, cliched fashion, using the best insults and trash talk you learned in junior high (seriously, Bich, mommy insults?) but I’m sure you’ve given it your best. If I ever recover from such an online pummeling as I’ve endured here, I will try to remember the man called Bich, for he walks tall… when he’s not on his knees giving oral pleasure to better men. How’s that for “deviant imagery”, you delicate little flower? Are you sitting in a puddle of your own urine now? Or are you all chubbed up?

  • Chocodog

    My 2004 VFR has 81,000 hard ridden miles with VTEC singing every few minutes on the twisty mountain roads I ride. Had the usual RR issue to replace at about 60,000 a lot of tires and sprockets. Yamaha are great too. Just returned from MOTOGP IN Austin, the top six were Honda, Yamaha, Honda, Honda, Yamaha, Ducati. And so it goes most races. So I concur with the findings of this article.

    • Jim Bob

      You think the results of meaningless motorcycle races has ANYTHING at all to do with real-world motorcycle riding? Aside from you hangup on gibberish acronyms (what are “VFR”, “VTEC”, “RR” and “MOTOGPIN”… never mind, I don’t care), you haven’t a clue about how reality functions. You watch races and you’ve averaged a little over 6,000 miles a year on one little Japanese bike and you think that makes you an expert? Wow, the idiot who wrote this excrement article must be so relieved to see you concur with his subjective BS findings. (I assume you’ll know what BS stands for.)

      • Chocodog

        No wonder people don’t like clowns. Aren’t you taking this a bit too seriously?

        • Jim Bob

          I didn’t take this lame article seriously at all. How could you possibly have missed that? Are you incapable of recognizing sarcasm, cynicism and ridicule?

      • powder99

        Does your report card say, “Does not play well with others.”

        • Jim Bob

          Report card? How old are you? Old enough to move out of your mommy’ basement?

  • Auphliam

    I’m honestly surprised Victory didn’t score higher. I’ve owned two, an ’01 Deluxe I owned for 10 years until I traded it in on the ’12 CCT I currently have. Aside from a couple recalls on the ’01, neither have/had mechanics hands on them for anything other than state inspections, brakes and tires. Then again, those are impressive scores to beat from the Japanese marques.

    • Jim Bob

      This entire article was nothing but subjective, unscientific garbage. Who would take this seriously?

      • Tim Locke

        You seem to be taking it pretty seriously seeing that you’ve replied to half the comments on this article.

        • Jim Bob

          Seriously? Not the content of this silly article. I just make friends easily.

  • Jack Martin

    The article’s closing commentary was exactly right: routine maintenance can go a long way into making a very reliable bike from one that statistically isn’t. My ’01 Triumph Trophy 900 is known for a series of quirks with its starter clutch, fuel tap, etc. But I had one as my daily commuter for 100k reliable, fun miles before it finally did blow a head gasket. I’ll inspect the motor, replace the gasket and ride it some more.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      I have had my Harley dealer maintained since I bought it 10 years ago. Still runs like new. 155,000 miles.

  • luxlamf

    So now that the Horrid Victory line has been put out of Our Misery from having to look at them (well not really there’s so few out there anyways) My Trumpet and HD just went up 2 spots on reliability!!!

  • Sergey Kondrashev

    Hmmm…and nothing about KTM…

    • Jim Bob

      Yeah, that’s how much I think about KTM motorcycles, too. Never. Nothing.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      KTM has not sold enough street bikes yet to be in this top 10 list.

  • Taylor

    My 2015 Yamaha FJR agrees with this list. So do the 51,000 miles we shared since Thanksgiving 2014.

    • Jim Bob

      The experience of one rider with one motorcycle is even less meaningful than this entire worthless article.

  • 281Marauder .

    I’ve owned one new Triumph (800XC) and that was enough for me. Bad bike, worthless dealer and equally worthless manufacturer. Call me crazy but I think new touring bikes should have piston rings and a factory warranty. Until I hear that they’ve made serious changes at Triumph North America I’ll not own another.

  • wolzybk

    And, of course, YMMV widely. The variance on this is so huge as to make this “analysis” practically valueless. For example, I ride a Ducati, that I bought new in 1993. I’ve had it for 24 years, and have 260K miles on it, and it’s been solid as an anvil. Not everyone will have that experience, but I have had that experience.

    • Tim Locke

      33% failure rate means 67% of owners won’t have any major problems. Your single experience is irrelevant.

      • wolzybk

        That was exactly my point. My experience isn’t necessarily relevant to the collective, and the experiences of the collective aren’t necessarily relevant to me. It remains a poorly written, poorly reasoned, mathematically dubious, uninformative useless clickbait article with an incorrect title.

  • scout

    Controlled media. There are two types of bike genre that are good: sport bikes and dirt bikes. The reason they are good that they win competitions and that means safe handling and safe control. So funny to see a superbike and a Harley! Not a thing about ‘racing’ but everything about a design that sorts out everything perfectly. One more thing: the mega problem is that so few riders have a clue about the beauty of riding. Thank God for the pros and the Code’s and the Jason’s and the Kenny’s, etc.! So much going on and in so many voodoo levels.

    • Jim Bob

      The limitations of your mind are astounding. The world is so simple for you, if I weren’t feeling so much sympathy I’d almost feel envious. Motorcycle racing, which encompasses so much more than you state, is such an uninteresting, unpopular event that almost nobody even knows it exists.

  • Kim Moon

    Okay, where do i begin…..Oh yeah. consumers reports is one of the least reliable magazines when it comes to creating user surveys I have ever read. Unless I buy a subscription to actually get more detail than is actually being offered, it leaves the uninformed with a sense that my bike is better than yours because a clerk in the office added up the numbers and printed them. As all of us can attest, everyone has an anecdotal story of either a bike that went 100k miles and just have an oil change, or someone that had a bike that spent the first year on a trailer going back and forth to the dealer. So stop brand bashing and just go ride your motorcycle!

    On a more personal note. I have owned 3 BMW’s. One from the 80’s and 2 from this decade. The only issue i have had of any consequence was a bad left and right controller, This was an electrical issue due to a non waterproof housing supplied by a 3rd party manufacturer. It spanned several models and several model years. 2010-2012. When the bikes were brought in for routine service the controllers were replaced by BMW even if they were no longer in warranty.

    So if you are a do it yourselfer and didnt bring the bike in for scheduled maintenance, then this would not have been corrected. It was advertised to first purchasers, and I only found out about it as a used bike buyer after I took the bike in for my first full service.

    But, I love riding my K1600GT. It has a huge 6 cyclinder powerplant with more HP and torque than anything on the road and i also love all of the electronic gadgets. Now will they have problems? WHo knows. But just like my cars, If something breaks I’ll get it fixed. Thats how life works. Like Tommy Boy said…

    Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of shit.
    That’s all it is, isn’t it? Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box
    and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time. IF it makes you happy !

    Forget the lists and go ride the damn motorcycle and if something breaks. fix it…….

    • Jim Bob

      I didn’t waste time reading all your little rant but the little bit I did endure was so simplistic it made me laugh. You’re a funny little guy, like the weird neighborhood kid who had to wear a helmet all the time and would dog crap for a quarter.

      • Kim Moon

        well, i guess you dont know a rant from you own arse, because i talked about a personal experience and that had nothing to do with bashing brands or saying one is better over another. I wont demean myself by slamming you personally as you seem to enjoy looking foolish all by yourself.

        • Jim Bob

          Yeah, well, this is the Internet, not real life, so I’ll have no trouble living with the shame. You, however, take crap like this too seriously. You’ll die young if you keep that up. Relax, anal-retentive little man.

          • Kim Moon

            Your a dick and a cyber bully. Enjoy your sad life.

          • Jim Bob

            Kimmy –
            It’s “you’re”, not “your”, you idiot. Talk about a sad life. Just because you’re a crybaby and a wimp, doesn’t make me a bully. What a wuss. Enjoy your personality disorder.

  • Phil W

    I liked my 2010 Spyder, but the starter went after 3.8 years. Cost me around $750 to have it repaired. I switched to a Goldwing.

  • kw

    Yeah but Spyders are not Motorcycles

  • Jamie Maunder

    Can you not put the content on one fucking page? Takes up 4 inches on my 4k monitor, like a postage stamp.

  • Rightwheel

    BS. Triumph’s early triples were just about bullet proof. I have had three Triumphs over the last 17 years, putting on well over 100k miles between them, and have not had a significant failure of anything on any of them.

  • allworld

    The top of the list dominated by the Japanese brands, not a surprise.
    I tend to gravitate to the European brands, namely Triumph and MV Agusta, my ride needs to have soul.

  • jeff benson

    You haven’t experienced unreliability if you haven’t owned a Gilera. Though I must say my worst designed motorcycle of all time would be a ’84 Honda 700 Magna. And I’ve had 50s Britbikes. Nothing can beat the Magna for sheer idiocy. Except maybe Mercedes-Benz.

  • Peter Hefele

    Another biased article. Bash on girls, Had a Harley and got over it. My WIng and sidecar ran faster on Tally and Lowes than my Classic ever did. sad

  • Motocomiot

    The comment regarding failures on ‘early’ Triumph triples no doubt relates to the starter clutch on the ’92 – ’95 T309 range. The first bikes the new company made. These bikes are now up to 25 years old so if they are included then this survey is not only very dated but in today’s fast moving world completely irrelevant. My Triumph Trident (1993) has done 270,000 miles and yes the starter clutch failed. Fixed under warranty it’s only needed routine maintenance since.

  • Motocomiot

    A thought just occurred, if this is the best 10 then are Moto Guzzi, Aprilia, KTM at al all worse ? I suspect this is actually just another crap internet click bait list. I know dozens of bikers with all makes between them, interestingly, to me at least the only one who has had new bike trouble is the guy who bought an MT07…. er a Yamaha ?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      No, these are the Top 10 of the highest selling bikes in the U.S. KTM, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi don’t sell enough street bikes in the U.S. to be in the Top 10.

  • Gootch

    Kawasaki really? That high? I’ve never had a bigger POS than the new KLR I bought that had electrical problems from day one. It has spent more time not running than running. (I know, this is just one bike and the KLRs are legendary for how on the internet there is a fix for all the problems so that a reasonably mechanically-inclined person can keep these “reliable” bikes running.)

    • Terry DeVerona

      You mean you don’t like being in the 12%?

  • Keith Stern

    Can-Am Spyder; sorry this is not a Motorcyle…..

  • novemberjulius

    The nice thing about a Can-Am is you never have to worry about dropping it.

  • scout

    My experience exactly but with different bikes. Yuck solid and Kawa less so with Honda in the middle.

  • KrayZ_One

    I call bullshit on number one, Yamaha is sucks, they have the weirdest most quirky design flaws of any bike….fuck them.

    • Terry DeVerona

      Don’t become an English teacher.

      • KrayZ_One

        oh you’re a fucking genius…don’t worry, I’m just a stupid metal fabricator that uses trig every day…so fuck off grammar nazi

  • Hardly Ableson is finally improving their bikes’ reliability, but they still have a long way to go to catch up to the Japanese, especially Yamaha and Honda.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      But it is better than the European brands.

      • Not really. They still cannot match the performance level of modern bikes.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          This discussion is about reliability, not performance. According to this article Harley Davidson is more reliable than the European brands.

          • All that means is that the European brands suck, too. HD should have used some of the R&D money they put into tshirts and jackets and spend it on actually improving their outdated motorcycles.

  • GPAltaBob

    Do all you childish idiots just have to act like spoiled little children? You make any responsible adult rider bring with your immature whining!!

  • Mike Cundari

    I’m on my 3’rd Harley with previous experience on BSA (x2 ),Kawasaki (X2) & Yamaha ( X2). This is a great Article and I enjoyed the whole thing. The final comment about proper maintenance has a lot of truth in it for me. Except for an engine blowing up on one of the BSA’s I’ve never had much downtime on any of my bikes. All in I have about 600,000 km’s of experience on them.
    When I switched to Harley, one of the key selling features was the dealer network and even 3’rd party locations to get service done. I can count on one hand how many times I needed that to come to bear, but would not have traded fewer events for the brevity of downtime that each event presented. I do most of my riding in Canada and the US, so it makes sense to me.

  • Larry J

    Judging by the comments motorcycle riders have a 75% failure rate to getting over being sensitive about the brand they bought.
    Unless you’re a Harley rider, then you have a 96% failure rate.
    You guys are a bunch of daisies, too delicate over your precious brand.

  • Cliff Hall

    I have owned Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Polaris, and Yamaha. My buddies ride Harleys. Hands down Yamaha has earned my respect and loyalty. I simply never have to work on them. Brakes and tires and one starter, (that was after braving a Northern AZ sandstorm in 1991 while on a Virago 500), are all my Yamahas demanded. And gas of course. Not surprised they are #1in dependability. You can add style and enjoyment level too as far as I’m concerned.

  • F R Burdett

    I was VERY Pleased with my 2012 Yamaha FZ1…until the week after I paid off the loan, and 2 days after my birthday… the Transmission went south! Over $5000 to completely take the engine apart to get to the gearbox, replace ALL the gears and shift forks, and reassemble… OUCH!! I had to turn around ad take out ANOTHER Loan to pay for repairs!
    But aside from that, I have LOVED my Yamaha! I was just out this morning for over 300 miles of Blue Ridge Mountain Twisty Roads! (eating up the ‘chicken strips’ on a new Q3+ rear tire…) The first bike I ever owned was a totally trouble free Yamaha DT-250 Enduro that never failed me…from 500 mile+ road trips to some amateur dirt racing and thousands of miles of logging roads.
    But I have also had Great experiences with several Kawasaki’s and Suzuki’s…

  • klauzja

    You can’t beat Japanese bikes for bulletproof reliability, intelligent and practical design, affordable and readily available parts, etc. If your ego/vanity won’t let you own one because it’s not “cool” enough go out and pay 2x for some trailer queen which will spend half it’s life in the shop and suffer from fundamental design flaws and crappy quality and workmanship…

    I have a 2007 Yamaha FJR1300A, on which I’ve clocked up over 265,000 miles now. The first engine lasted 213,000 flawless miles, and I’m not just commuting on the hwy, this bike gets used and hard, in all kinds of environments and roads.

    I don’t care what some “paid for” survey says, Japanese bikes are the best!

  • David Phillips

    The most reliable motorcycle could be the one you can get fixed on the road. Everything can break. It’s when your on the road a few days from home and you drive a bike that parts need to be ordered that you are on an unreliable bike. If you can go to the nearest shop and they fix your bike while you wait you have a reliable bike.

    • 40mmtrsmith

      I ride a Triumph. IF you find a Triumph dealer they absolutely will not have any part in stock not even tires. I had to lay over in Fort Worth for a day and a half to replace a damaged tire. I finally had to pay extra for them to take one off a new bike.

      • David Phillips

        I have toured just over 160,000 miles now all over the US and fortunately have not been stranded yet.

        I did get towed three times. Two flat tires and one deer strike last year. I carry a tire repair kit for emergencies but have not used it. Roadside is cheap. I got towed in Montana 250 miles.

        The deer strike was another matter which happened at 12:30 am Sunday morning up in the Winding Stair Mountains but I got a ride to the airport Sunday and flew home with all my gear to get my other bike. I decided to buy a new one while I was laid over at the airport and called the dealership. They had the bike ready when I arrived from the airport and I just signed the papers and took off again Monday evening. A few days later the other dealership decided the bike was totaled.

        Some minor issues that I rode in to have fixed. Maintenance on the road is another concern when the bike hits 5,000 mile since the last oil change or needs a tire I ride into the nearest shop and get it done while I wait. I have never made an appointment, just ride in.

        Careful planning is required with some bikes as you will need appointments for service and unexpected problems could really delay a trip. That’s why I chose Harley for my touring bikes, I can depend on the dealership to be ready to repair anything that would normally go wrong but mainly for periodic service on the road.

        Now with the new bike the navigation shows me the nearest Harley dealer and I can call them from the Nav system to let them know I’m coming.

  • David Phillips

    I have a couple of touring bikes, 05 Road King and 17 Ultra Limited. These are great touring bikes but I’m thinking my next bike should be something different. Adventure bikes are appealing to me because I want to go on a road trip which would be several thousand miles of highway but I also want to be able to ride trails and unimproved roads. Yamaha is a great choice for this but I am leaning toward KTM 1290R.