What do you think, who will be the number one spot? Who’s gonna take home the crown for nowinonline‘s Most Reliable Motorcycle Brands? The one only who else could it be? Let’s find out.
The grand prize winners that will take the crown as the most reliable motorcycle is Yamaha! With an impressive stat of only 11% of the total produced motorcycles requiring repair in the first four years of life 11 percent. That’s a very small number one compared to how many motorcycles Yamaha manufacture every year. But it’s a simple question of economies of scale when it comes to the big four. With higher production volumes come higher profits, which is reinvested in the quality control, and it’s kind of a self-perpetuating cycle. See what you will about Japanese bikes but they’re consistent as hell. For perspective, almost half of all BMW and Ducati models spend some time in the repair shop before their fourth birthdays half.
In fact, consumer reports the deputy editor Jeff Bartlett puts BMW on the list. As having a four times greater chance of mechanical failure within the first four years of ownership. That can really add up when you think about the initial cost of the bike along with the increased shop prices for servicing a BMW. Weird that you pay more out the door and later down the road but hey. You do get a pretty bad though. Overall the brands on this list have beat out some pretty fierce competition from motorcycle manufacturers all over the world.
02. Suzuki and Honda
Now the number two in the nowinonline’s most reliable motorcycle is a wait to tie; we’ve got the two excellent bikes in this number. This is unprecedented in this competition has never seen a tie in the final round. Our best pick for the second position is Suzuki and Honda. At a very reliable and respectable 12%. Leave it to the big four to somehow find a way to take all the prizes most efficiently and cost-effectively possible.
Suzuki and Honda are definitely power players in the motorcycle industry. So it’s not altogether surprising that the two of them would make it on this list. It is surprising, that they tied for the same spot though both brands are known for making excellent beginner bikes along with the full line of heavy hitters.
At number three, our most reliable motorcycle finals is drumroll please, the Kawasaki! With a very honorable survey result of only 15% of their manufactured bikes requiring repairs within the first four years. Kawasaki cleanly clinched their position at number three on the top five most reliable motorcycle brands. This is the first sighting of a big four brand on the list though, and there are only two spots left. So who did consumer reports vote of the island there’s only one way to find out?
04. Victory Motorcycles
Bike number 4 on the list is surprisingly, or maybe it’s not surprising. Either way, it’s another American made motorcycle the Victory Motorcycles bikes. Come in with 17% of their manufactured motorcycles having a mechanical failure or requiring some types of repair. But since this is a list about the most reliable motorcycle brands let’s not forget that while 17% may sound like a lot. When you look at the sheer volume of some of these companies or manufacturing. The reliability is much higher than it looks.
It would be interesting to see an American manufacturer create a bike with euro-style at a Japanese price point. But American brands just don’t seem to draw the same interest other brain do a hybrid of style. And affordable price point in the number one ranking on the most reliable list that sounds pretty damn American.
05. Harley Davidson
The number five spot also goes to the beloved American sweetheart Harley Davidson. So yes, Harley Davidson is the least reliable motorcycle on this list of most reliable motorcycle brands. In fact, 26% of Harley Davidsons produced every year are predicted to require some form of repair.
Now to be clear, oil changes in regularly required maintenance are not considered repairs. Which means that 26% of Harley’s produced every year will experience a mechanical malfunction. Or require bodywork I know you riders consider yourselves to be a class all of your own. A member of the 1% Club but really you guys should try a little harder to reach that 1% club it’s not looking so hot for you right now.
Now a lot of you may be shaking your head right now and asking if I have a death wish. I would just like to state that, I do not have a death wish yes I see you flexing no I don’t want to take this outside I’m a comfy boy, and I prefer staying inside.