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Reliability of modern bikes/brands
As something of an old timer I grew up with the opinion that japanese bikes were generally bullet proof with Honda sitting top of the tree.
Sure, there were occasions when the big four made mistakes, honda with chocolate cams and rattly chains is one I remember well. the other common failure I recall was failing voltage regulators and I am not sure if that is fully resolved to this day. As a Brit I should list how great british bikes are, never owned one of the old ones and would avoid it like the plague and not bought a modern one yet although I was very tempted by the 1050 Triumph Sprint ST.
Even with the occasional faux-pas it was always my preference to avoid anything italian as they were extremely maintenance intensive and prone to regular mechanical and or electrical failures.
BMW were fairly robust, it seems that their bulletproof engineering and quality has taken a slide in the last few years (since they started copying the japanese)
So my biased and perhaps outdated view is that Jap bikes still offer the best value for money, reliability and reasonable servicing / maintenence costs.
Please give me your thoughts and re-educate an old duffer!
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