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Old 08-17-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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From your experiences with owning, which brand has overall the best build quality?

From Hondas, yammi, kawi, and on, which brand has the best build quality with their bikes? Just working on a discussion with friends from earlier today...I've always heard Hondas have the best quality but not entirely sure...what's your take?
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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From Hondas, yammi, kawi, and on, which brand has the best build quality with their bikes? Just working on a discussion with friends from earlier today...I've always heard Hondas have the best quality but not entirely sure...what's your take?
Both Honda and Yamaha have the best fit and finish of the Japanese bikes.

I have owned all but Honda but here is how they would rank and I am a Kawi fan!

1. Honda and Yamaha-pick your poison
2. Suzuki
3. Kawasaki- great motors but not as refined as the others.

Functionally- no major issues out of any of them
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:19 PM   #4
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So is this Japanese only or all brands? Or did you not know other people besides the Japanese make motorcycles?
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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of the japanese bikes i have owned, i have never had one that was a problem child...
hard for me to rank them when there were no issues at all...
wait, back in 1967 (?) i had a suzuki x5 200 twin that had issues with coils...
i guess if i had to list the best overall it would be honda...and i have owned british bikes, german bikes, spanish bikes and italian bikes as well as the american bike... and in truth overall i think any of the japanese companies produce more trouble free bikes
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:29 PM   #6
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My Suzuki GS500 felt like it was built cheap. cheap rusty fasteners, ill fitting plastic, mediocre feel of the controls. Not writing off Suzuki's but my buddy's GSXR750 felt just as shoddy in the build quality. It rode great, and was reliable.

My Yamaha FZ6R was felt very well built. Quality bike.

My two CBR's felt like they were well engineered. Typical Honda quality. Great bike.

These are the only bikes I have owned and experienced. None were unreliable, and all performed their respective jobs as intended. My experience:

1. Honda
1.a Yamaha
3. Suzuki

Never owned a Kawasaki, but friends have owned them after owning the other 3 Japanese brands and quickly ditched their Kawasakis and returned to the others. I haven't seen a Kawasaki that I'd choose over any of the others.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:38 PM   #7
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never had experienced with other bikes but I think HD is pretty nice too (at least on the salesfloor).
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:02 PM   #8
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Riding Honda,Yamaha, and Suzuki...

1. Suzuki/Honda/Yamaha (pre 06)

They all felt relatively the same except for the 06+ Yamaha (at least the r6). The fairings channeled hot air directly onto my legs a lot more than all the others.
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All I know is Honda and I love them CBR 4F, CBR 600 RR and now CBR 100RR. Never had any mayor issues...
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:31 AM   #11
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I ve owned a triumph a 636 and a 04 r6, Non of them were basket cases, but the 636 blew out a spark plug after i sold it, and had master cylinder issues. The triumph only had brake issues, very common though. The r6 i bought as a wadded up piece of metal.....lol Bought a new harness, plugged everything up and it cranked on the first try, so the engine seems to be bullet proof, only had it for a few monts and put maybe 2-3k on it. Brother in law had an rc51 he bought wrecked, rebuilt, 12 oclocked on the on ramp to bw8, then rebuilt again...lol. Only issue was a leaky fork seal every few months. Honda is up there, but i wouldnt hesitate to buy another triumph.

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Old 08-18-2012, 02:04 AM   #12
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:33 AM   #13
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I think they each have their strong points and it depends on what you are looking for..

I've heard that the Yamaha engine is strong, I've had my 2005 R6 for a year so I haven't really put it to the test but it's going strong and has done me well at the track.

Rodrigo has a 2006 GSXR 600 and it GLIDES. I think that the position is a little different too, I really felt as though I was one with his tank when he let me ride his.
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Im a huge kawi fan, but I still put HONDA on top for quality.

1. honda
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #16
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My Moto Guzzi has given zero issues, and the build quality is sublime....you forgot about the Italians!
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Honda is hands down the most reliable and quality bike in my opinion, but Kawasakis haul major .
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On my 3rd Suzuki, never had problems with my other 2. Had an 06 Speed Triple that wasn't as unreliable as the internet would lead you to believe about British bikes. After I sorted out the sprag clutch, it was great.
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and i have owned british bikes, german bikes, spanish bikes and italian bikes as well as the american bike... and in truth overall i think any of the japanese companies produce more trouble free bikes
Likewise, I have had a wide array... Spanish, Italian, Austrian, French, American, Japanese, etc. The Japanese bikes are more refined, to the point that they sometimes have no character. Dependable, predictable, and sometimes a bit bland. In the old days, European bikes were known for character, which was code for quirky, troublesome, leaky, constantly in need of a wrench. With today's European bikes, there is nowhere near the amount of the old school problems, but they do still tend to have a "character" that Japanese bikes just don't have.

The main point is that almost everyone, whether they are a Honda fan, or not, just instinctively knows that Honda is top dog, for quality. That is an amazing marketing job, on Honda's part, and could never have happened if it were not mostly (if not entirely) true. I have a 42 year old Honda, in my garage now, that I have owned since new. Still going strong, and may finally be in need of it's first new piston and valve job!
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