Looking at bike change soon. Always had Japanese, and litre thou's for the last 7 years. Will be another thou sports but the euro beauties are certainly catching the eye... Hear some stories, a friend who's an aprilia mechanic says the electrics and software on the RSV4 are terrible, and iver heard alot of S1000RR's spend more time being fixed in the garage than on the road (Ducati not included Panigale out of budget). If I go euro for lust am I going to sacrifice reliabilty. The current offering from the Japanese four is a bit staid, apart from the ZX10 and I have the older model of that now.
Do Euro Bikes Really Break?
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I have wondered the same myself although I currently have no intention of buying a new bike... What is your useage level???
Personally, and for the very reason of reliability, I will always be a hard man to dissuade from jap bikes.
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Horses for courses
I've owned almost everything over the years, including Euro bikes (BMW, Guzzi, Ducati, and Hinckley Triumph)
Oh yes and MZ
I have had minor niggles with many of these, but nothing major, and nothing that has caused me to break down.
The worst bike I ever owned, which broke down all the time and eventually gave up the ghost 1000 miles from home in Italy, was a Yamaha.
Well it certainly wouldnt be a commuter haha. Its really just for weekend fun, and the annual european trip of about 700 miles or more. I know all bikes can break down... I just wouldnt want it constantly at the back of the mind or be constantly taking it apart or back to the dealers to fix or have it sat up in the garage when the sun is out, no matter how gorgeous it is haha.
Same dilemma years back. got bored with yet another jap bike. (which were not always as mechanically reliable as people think).
Eventually bought a Aprilia RSV 8 yrs back. still have it, its now done 70,400 miles and its let me down once when the alternator failed.
All I can say is
don't believe too much in what you read in magazines and on the internerd.
A lot of people have out of date opinions, based on experiences from decades ago.
How does the saying go ?
Except of course for the Japanese.
I can go far back enough to remember some of the real shite that came out of Japanese factories back in the 70's and 80's, which people have forgotten about, but yet still wax lyrical about the chrome falling of the mudguard of their Guzzi California 35 years ago.
in the 80s honda produced some real turds. Namely i am refferring to CB250n Super Dream, CX500 and Mini Melody.
All bags of shite
And let's not forget
those early Honda V4's of the early 80's which had a propensity to eat their own top ends.
Nicknamed "chocolate cams"
(Although actually, I have rather fond memories of the CX500)