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Old 02-17-2014, 10:31 PM   #1
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Hummm interesting. Was not expecting to see BMW at the bottom.
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No, they were just second worst
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No surprise yamaha most reliable. Where you at Honda fan boys (yes I'm talking to you Bevo)
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How long ago was it that Yamaha's were voted most likely to catch fire and then explode?
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Think that was the 04 r6. Bad tank seams exploded on impact or some such.
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"...noting that touring motorcycles were most problematic, and cruisers the least. This may have something to do with the fact that, according to CR, "accessories" were the most common problems encountered with bikes."

1. Yamaha doesn't make anything that can touch a Goldwing which even tells the rider if a storage compartment door is ajar, so they're a little complex
2. I didn't see where Superbikes were part of the survey
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If ducati would have been on the list it would have been the worst. BMW just like the cars. They are smooth, comfy, but electronics are . Harley's issues usually happen because of how bad that vibrates (Harley has made giant gains in the last 10 years to make their bikes better in every way) Polaris... Always break. Yamahas smaller cruisers have issues (motors, rear ends) that kinda . Honda has been pretty good with the exception of 08-11 1000rr. That bikes motor was
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Burn oil, clutch issues, frequent blown motors. 08 was the worst newer ones are much better.

when the new goldwing a came out in 2012 Stubbs had one that have them for months till they realized on cylinder was oval lol
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I would also add how many miles are put on the various bike riders. Generally speaking, touring bikes take a LOT more miles than most any other bike. Also, there seem to be more "serious" (for serious lack of a better word) riders willing to shell out 16k+ for a HD than someone who wants to dabble in 8k for a metric. Then add in the number of bike lines offered inside of each manufacturer.


Point is, comparing bike is more difficult than cars as they are used so differently.
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Oooooh. 07-08 r1 motors are too. Especially that charging rotor
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Think that was the 04 r6. Bad tank seams exploded on impact or some such.
06-07 R6 had a pointy-sided tank that liked to drag open and ignite when crashed. I wouldn't call that a reliability issue, though.
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That's good. You got one of the good ones
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It's probably cuz y'all take care if them. I get a call for those motors every week
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"...noting that touring motorcycles were most problematic, and cruisers the least. This may have something to do with the fact that, according to CR, "accessories" were the most common problems encountered with bikes."

1. Yamaha doesn't make anything that can touch a Goldwing which even tells the rider if a storage compartment door is ajar, so they're a little complex
2. I didn't see where Superbikes were part of the survey
I don't know why Yamaha gave up on their Venture after '93. Yeah, I know they still make a Royal Star Venture, but that's a cruiser, not a standard config. like the GL.

For being mid-'80's bikes, I'm amazed at the refinement on mine. 28 year old bike with fully integrated CB/AM/FM/Cassette/Intercom, full air ride suspension, electronic anti-dive on front forks, cruise control, lighted trunk, monitors and redundancy out the ... It was a real pain to sort through when I started removing that from my bike (and trying to make sure things like the headlight and starter still functioned), but I'm still a little impressed with it for being 28 years old.

I guess they just didn't get enough market share early on to justify the full update that was due after the '93 model. , I'd still take one of these over a GL1500 any day, at least in terms of style. The V4 isn't too bad either. Over 100k on my '87, and a little over 82k on my '86.
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