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Just curious, what was the date for that article. Surprised and a little disappointed they didn't include Indian. Thanks for adding some 'facts' to this conversation. I found it interesting that Yamaha finished first. My first bike was a Yamaha back n the late '60s, and I raced Yamaha's for the next 7-8 years. They were always competitive and reliable but I was a bit surprised to see it still holds true for their street bikes today. I've owned 6 of the 10 brands shown here and my experience matches that of this survey exactly, with Ducati being the highest maintenance of what I've owned .... of course that goes back a few years.
2015, so a little dated:

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I've devised what is clearly the most effective maintenance strategy for keeping my bike on the road: I don't really mess with it.

This strategy also works for my other bikes, cars, house, job, marriage, etc
I wish I was that lucky. My factory warranty expired over the winter. With my bike sitting in the garage the clutch interlock just failed. I just had to put the bike into neutral to start the bike on my trip out to Myrtle Beach. That said, Cheeezzz.

Most likely not a big task to fix, it was just the timing. I try not to perform any maintenance or modifications to the bike within two weeks of a road trip.
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I wish I was that lucky. My factory warranty expired over the winter. With my bike sitting in the garage the clutch interlock just failed. I just had to put the bike into neutral to start the bike on my trip out to Myrtle Beach. That said, Cheeezzz.

Most likely not a big task to fix, it was just the timing. I try not to perform any maintenance or modifications to the bike within two weeks of a road trip.
Yep, don't change ANYTHING in the weeks prior to a trip. No new farkles, engine mods, tires, oil, nothing. Only thing that can be new for a road trip is the music
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I wish I was that lucky. My factory warranty expired over the winter. With my bike sitting in the garage the clutch interlock just failed. I just had to put the bike into neutral to start the bike on my trip out to Myrtle Beach. That said, Cheeezzz.

Most likely not a big task to fix, it was just the timing. I try not to perform any maintenance or modifications to the bike within two weeks of a road trip.
Mine did that this spring, I just used a small flathead screwdiver, reached in behind the clutch lever, and fully compressed/released the button several times. All better now and I havenít been able to duplicate the problem since. Thinking it had some carbon from arcing or some oxidation inside that just needed to be cleared off the contacts.


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Maintenance. One trip to Sturgis many years ago. I went with a mixed pack of 8 bikes. Only 2 Harleys. Just before Rapid City my alternator quit. And one of the Honda's same thing at the same time. I pulled the headlight fuse and drove it all week by getting in before dark, push start every stop we made, swap batteries every morning with the other Harley. The Honda was towed to the dealer, waited for parts, she had to stay a extra couple days to be able to drive it home. Her trip was spent riding bitch on everyone else's bike. So there is more to it than the repair cost.

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Mine did that this spring, I just used a small flathead screwdiver, reached in behind the clutch lever, and fully compressed/released the button several times. All better now and I havenít been able to duplicate the problem since. Thinking it had some carbon from arcing or some oxidation inside that just needed to be cleared off the contacts.
I'll give it a try!

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Maintenance. One trip to Sturgis many years ago. I went with a mixed pack of 8 bikes. Only 2 Harleys. Just before Rapid City my alternator quit. And one of the Honda's same thing at the same time. I pulled the headlight fuse and drove it all week by getting in before dark, push start every stop we made, swap batteries every morning with the other Harley. The Honda was towed to the dealer, waited for parts, she had to stay a extra couple days to be able to drive it home. Her trip was spent riding bitch on everyone else's bike. So there is more to it than the repair cost.

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Mine did that this spring, I just used a small flathead screwdiver, reached in behind the clutch lever, and fully compressed/released the button several times. All better now and I havenít been able to duplicate the problem since. Thinking it had some carbon from arcing or some oxidation inside that just needed to be cleared off the contacts.
Thanks ZeroDark30. Didn't work for me, but I certainly appreciate the pointer!

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