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The 10 Most Reliable Motorcycle Companies

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Here at we get to ride all of the newest, latest, and greatest motorcycles on the planet. However, more often than not, our time with each bike spans the course of weeks, maybe months (but definitely not years), as new bikes are constantly flowing through our proverbial garages, waiting to get tested. This means we have reviews of almost every motorcycle on the market, but it also means that we lack firsthand experience learning about long-term durability and maintenance. So, when our readers ask about the reliability of a certain make or model, it’s a difficult question to answer, as reliability testing requires ownership for several years – something we simply aren’t in a position to provide.

Thankfully, the folks at Consumer Reports have compiled a motorcycle reliability study, gathering information from more than 11,000 riders, sharing their experiences on more than 12,000 motorcycles purchased new between 2008 and 2014. With this data, CR adjusted for mileage ridden over a 12-month span and estimated failure rates. Like golf, the lower the number (or percentage, in this case), the better the score. CR’s language in the link above is vague, using words like “trouble prone” and not defining what constitutes a failure. Nonetheless, the results are still relevant. Here they are, from worst to best.
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I'm surprised HD made the list. It is too bad that Polaris shut down Victory :sad
I think the Vision looks like a damn spaceship :lol But they certainly don't have that classic look about them. That's one of the things I like about my Vegas though, aside from the fact of how smooth they are. I've had two friends ride mine and the went out to buy their own not a month later :lol

I understand why they did. Indian is really kicking off. But there are still tons of loyal Vic owners for sure!

Here's a pic from last weekend.

Edit: Sorry for the poor quality, I loaded it through my phone.


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Ahhh, now THAT I get. Like I said, I haven't seen many but the ones I have seen really weren't 'pretty'.

I'd rock that :thumbup
Thanks! Here, I found a better picture.

I agree with your point though. There were only 2, maybe 3 models that would really grab your attention. The second picture in the Vision :lol But if you read reviews or scam through forums of Vision owners, they absolutely LOVE them. I could understand why, but they're fucking hideous :fact

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Depending on the angle, I think my Vegas looks a little goofy too :lol Even to this day, I'm in disbelief of how well that Dunlop front tire handles corners with a 7-800lb motorcycle.

Their Cross Country, the one that was in the article, is actually pretty sweet for a bagger. That picture doesn't do it justice. Their Indian models that they're pushing out now are sharp too. I see quite a few of them around my area now. I've always been speculative about how they look online, but I think they're very tasteful.
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