Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: Triumph America
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: San Juan Mountains Colorado
Other Motorcycle: '94 jeep wrangler
It is such an individual thing. Reliability I mean. Honda is rated, tied for #1 I believe. Yet my experience with Honda goes two ways. A 1990 Blackhawk 750, bought used, riden hard and long got me hooked on Hondas. I wanted to do a lot more road touring so went to a 1999 ACE Tourer, used with 9,000 miles. An 1100 v twin. Was highly rated. Water cooled, self adjusting valves (I REALLY liked that), I took meticulous care, changed oil every 3,000 miles new plugs every 6,000 (overkill) changed coolant every spring. Imagine my surprise when at 50,000 miles the coolant connector tube between the cylinders blew out. Was that ever a joy to fix. After that in quick order the rings started allowing oil around and then within 2,000 miles the engine needed a rebuild. By the way it was never run with the coolant leak I caught it before it ever did anything but show. So much for "legendary" honda durability. 2 bikes, same manufacture, two decidedly different experiences.
The America is the first bike I have ever had that was bought brand new. So far I am a happy Colorado boy. First trip across country had a MINOR problem in Kentucky near the N.C. border but a great mechanic in N.C. who I called correctly diagnosed the problem, (loose bolt) and I was fixed and on my way in no significant time at all. I just erased the milage I am aiming for from the America that I had written down here because I got scared I might jinx it, so we'll just have to see. I think my Triumph is way better than "middle of the pack" when it comes to reliability.