Originally Posted by JimVonBaden
Some will dispute this, but miles per issue fuel injection is miles above carbs for lack of issues.
I am not saying easier to fix on the road, just pure reliability. Performance is just a bonus.
There are a lot of people tossing out miles, repairability and a host of other criteria, but new versus old, issue per mile, there is no doubt at all the modern bikes are more reliable by far.
Go ahead and argue it if you like by tossing out what you can and can't repair on the side of the road, BMW V. Japanese or any other criteria, but as the title says, "new versus old", new technology wins every time.
what's missing in above assessment is COST ... let's assume you are correct in reliability per miles delivered for FI vs carb bikes. for most folks who are not technically astute as your self costs becomes a real factor in keeping that newer BMW running.
for instance if someone has ABS issues ... costs to fix at dealer could exceed value of BMW motorcycle. if it happened to me fix would be low cost as I'd dive into circuit board and come up with a fix. other option is to send to a ABS board specialist for repair at low costs.
same thing that's happened to brand new cars has happened to motorcycles. going to electric driven sensors requiring special code readers to diagnose. even someone technically astute has no choice but to visit dealership. unless someone is willing to make the investment for BMW specific electronic tools.
above translates into higher costs of ownership for most folks. look at what's happened with all the final drive failures on R1200...