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Old 02-20-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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Interesting read for HD & BMW owners

http://www.fool.com/investing/genera...money-can.aspx

Not that I believe all of it, I'm sure some if not most of the repairs were minor, but interesting stats non the less. Don't shoot the messenger
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:30 AM   #2
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Miles?

I didn't see any mention of miles ridden? I wonder if anyone rides the highly rated Yamaha?..:
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:11 AM   #3
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I have an FJR along with 3 Beemers. I've only had the FJR since September and 5000 miles, but I like it. I participate in several BMW forums and two FJR forums. There are far fewer posts on the FJR forums about mechanical problems then on the BMW forums. However, the three BMWs sitting in my shop have a collective 100,000+ miles on them. One has had the fork seals replaced, one has had a fuel pump replaced under warranty and one has never been in a BMW shop since the 600 service (40,000 miles). I have no complaints about BMW reliability. In fact, Annie is buying a new one soon, most likely a 800GSA.

The telling issue between the two brands is cost. If I had purchased a K1300GT instead of the FJR it would have cost me $6-7000 more, an RT $4-6000 more and a K1600GT $8-10,000 more. Yamaha dealers will deal with you.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:03 AM   #4
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It's all about expectations.

Some brand's owners are more picky than others.

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Old 02-21-2014, 11:11 AM   #5
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I'm one of the few here that ride the shIt out of both of em. HD and BMW. Love them both. My .2 cents. Maintain what you ride whatever it maybe and it'll pay off!

Well except maybe Suzuki.

Oh and I am eating this up just a bit! Lol.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:46 PM   #6
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I'm one of the few here that ride the shIt out of both of em. HD and BMW. Love them both. My .2 cents. Maintain what you ride whatever it maybe and it'll pay off!

Well except maybe Suzuki.

Oh and I am eating this up just a bit! Lol.
Amen. I wouldn't want to part with my FLTR or F800GS. Great bikes, and I love riding both of them!

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Old 02-21-2014, 09:52 PM   #7
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Amen. I wouldn't want to part with my FLTR or F800GS. Great bikes, and I love riding both of them!

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Nice were only a couple letters off. FLHX & F800GS.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:16 PM   #8
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Nice were only a couple letters off. FLHX & F800GS.
And it would appear we both live in Chicken Creek! :)

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Old 02-23-2014, 02:10 AM   #9
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Funny that page doesn't mention the Consumer Reports report that HD owners are the happiest with their bikes (75% would buy again) followed by BMW (74% would buy again) compared to Japanese brands (60-65%). Also 75% of reported repairs were under $200 (I'm not sure I would consider that "major" personally), and it doesn't say how many were covered under warranty (BMW: three year, 36,000 miles, HD: two year, unlimited miles).

Numbers don't lie, but there's always another side. The real truth is that there really aren't many bikes out there anymore that aren't "good bikes."

http://motorsportsnewswire.wordpress...ycles-3281311/
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:45 AM   #10
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Spot on Andrew. H-D and BMW have been selling a lot of bikes, to a lot of people, and been doing it for a long time;with many repeat customers( including me, for both brands!:) ). All the while with plenty of competitors and copycats. They continue to succeed, because they're both damn good bikes, with great, parts support(both factory and aftermarket). JMO.

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Old 02-25-2014, 07:33 AM   #11
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And it would appear we both live in Chicken Creek! :)

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Lol. I won't say how long it took me to get that! Good one.

Its been a long vacation with a funeral thrown in for a dramatic ending.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:58 PM   #12
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Lol. I won't say how long it took me to get that! Good one.

Its been a long vacation with a funeral thrown in for a dramatic ending.
Well in that case(and sorry to hear about a funeral, BTW), I'm glad that it made you laugh!

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