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The most reliable motorcycle brand? Not harley


Domestic motorcycle makers Harley-Davidson and Victory have the highest rider satisfaction ratings, Consumer Reports reported today, but Japanese motorcycles are “much more reliable.”

These ratings are based on the magazine’s survey of over 11,000 subscribers who reported over 12,300 motorcycles from model years 2008 to 2014. Ten brands were surveyed.

Reliability ratings are based on failure rates for 4 year old bikes:

  1. Yamaha / Star (11% failure rate)
  2. Suzuki and Honda (12%)
  3. Kawasaki (15%)
  4. Victory (17 percent)
  5. Harley-Davidson (26 percent)
  6. Triumph (29%)
  7. Ducati (33 percent)
  8. BMW (40%)
  9. Can-Am (42%)

“But owner satisfaction – that is, happiness – is an entirely different measure of reliability,” says Consumer Reports.

Satisfaction ratings are based on the number of owners “who said they would definitely buy the same bike if they had to start all over again”. The winners are:

  1. Victory (80 percent)
  2. Harley-Davidson (72 percent)
  3. Honda (70 percent)

Comfort, however, seems to be the key to satisfaction.

Consumer Reports satisfaction categories include acceleration, comfort, fun, and style, with comfort ratings closest to satisfaction ratings.

Victory took it there, being the only brand to achieve the magazine’s highest comfort rating. Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Triumph obtained the lowest comfort rating.

Handling was the only other category of satisfaction with a remarkable mark:

The Can-Am, from Canadian manufacturer BRP, with its distinctive three-wheelers (or tricycles), was rated as having average handling satisfaction – a lower rating than any other brand.

Consumer Reports’ full motorcycle analysis will be featured in the May issue of the magazine.

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