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Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki named as most reliable bike brands

Honda is one of the manufacturers which is reported to be the most reliable
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by Tom Walsh

Japanese-made bikes have been found to be the most reliable on the market, according to the results of new research.

Companies such as Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha fought off strong competition from the likes of BMW and Harley-Davidson but the Asian-built bikes were highlighted as being the more reliable manufacturers across the world.

The Consumer Reports' motorcycle reliability survey found that the vehicles made in the Far East reported far fewer problems than bikes that were put together in Germany and the US.

Jeff Bartlett, an auto editor at Consumer Reports, said: "The bike is more than a swagger statement. It is some combination of transportation and recreation, and therefore needs to be dependable."

However, it was not all doom and gloom for the US and European manufacturers as when asked about what bike they would buy again, 75 per cent of owners said "definitely yes" for Harley-Davidson and 74 per cent for BMW.

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