Originally Posted by dduelin
To be valid why not compare 70's BMWs to 70's Hondas and late model BMWs to late model Hondas?
It's not often we hear someone saying they switched to BMW because they get fed up with the frequency and high cost of repairing their sport touring or touring Honda motorcycle.
To the OP I recall the 40,000 miles I put on my 1981 R100 - from roughly 80,000 when I bought it to 120,000 when I reluctantly sold it in 2012 to buy a new motorcycle to replace it in the stable. Once I got the R100 into shape I considered it reliable but it required more fettling and regular maintenance to remain running smooth and generating electricity then distributing it to all the parts that needed it. That's how it is, or was, with airheads. They are reliable but the technology and service requirements were different 30 years ago. That's progress.
General statements. I am not saying new BMWs are better than new Hondas. I am saying New bikes (Honda, BMW, etc.) are better than old bikes (Honda, BMW Etc.).