You Won’t Believe Which Brand Received The Worst “Reliability” Rating

12-BMW-K1600GTL-0151Consumer Reports surveyed 4680 subscribers who are motorcycle owners about the reliability of their motorcycles.  Out of those who responded to the survey, BMW touring and dual sport owners reported more problems with their motorcycles than owners of other brands.

One in every three BMW owners (33%)  said they’ve had an issue with their motorcycle in the past year.  One in every 4 Harley-Davidson owner (25%) reported an issue with their motorcycle.

Honda CBR, and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R owners reported the least amount of problems.  The issues that were brought up the most by those who responded to the survey were problems with lights, switches, instrumentation, electrical or fuel systems.

Other brands such as  Kawasaki, Victory, Indian, Suzuki and Triumph were not ranked as the owners did not provide enough information as required by the survey.

11 thoughts on “You Won’t Believe Which Brand Received The Worst “Reliability” Rating

  1. Harley riders will always be convinced that their bike is the best, no matter how hard you prove to them that they're not. They just have the best sales team in the world to convince people that they are. I love America and all, but I just want a dependable bike.

  2. I wonder what the failure rate for the HD vrod is compared to other HD models or other makes. I'll bet it is very low. These reports should break down by model.

  3. I currently have a BMW and 2 Victory's. I can say BMW had problems but it sat for years (96 with 3300 miles when bought in Oct 07). One Victory sat new from 03 to 06 and runs just as well as the other 03 that has 80K on it. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  4. I put over 10,000 miles on my Yamaha stratoliner from August to August and never had one problem. This motorcycle is one of the best cruisers on the market. Love this bike.

  5. There is more to this than asking who has had trouble with their bike in the last year without taking into consideration how many miles were ridden along with the environment that the bike is ridden in. I know guys that ride from last snow melt to first snow fall. Many miles ridden in wide temperature ranges. The few sport bike riders I know don’t ride that many miles in a year so not much chance for the bike to breakdown so it does not surprise me that the two Japanese bikes listed showed no failures. BMW touring bikes, Harley touring bikes, or any touring bike probably has a better chance of covering a lot of miles in one season and therefore a better chance to need to service parts that breakdown. As a data point this article is worthless without further information.

    • It's no different than a report showing BMW, and HD weren't as reliable because they have more warranty work done. What wasn't said was that a large part of the warranty work being done was to things like the hinges on the hard bags of touring models which most of there competitors don't offer. A closer look showed most of the warranty work had nothing to do with the mechanics of the bike. To me that hardly says these brands aren't as reliable.

  6. Kind of difficult to complete a survey on reliability of your motorcycle when you haven't had any issues. IJS. 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa, no issues. 2008 Ducati 1098 no issues. 2013 Victory Cross Country (XC) no issues.

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